Foundation Degrees combine academic study with work-based learning. Designed jointly by universities, colleges and employers, they are available in a range of work-related subjects. Typically, you’ll get the chance to learn in the workplace as well as the classroom. So whether you’re looking to change job, return to work or boost your career prospects, Foundation Degrees offer a route into higher education for people of all ages and backgrounds.
A Foundation Degree usually involves learning in the workplace as well as at university or college.
They usually take around two years to complete a full-time course and part-time courses may take longer.
Foundation Degrees are university-level qualifications in their own right, they are also equivalent to the first two full-time years of an honours degree. Once you’ve got a Foundation Degree you can ‘top up’ your qualification to an honours degree. This usually involves an extra year studying full-time (or the part-time equivalent).