Foundation degrees are two year degree level courses (when studied full-time) which are broadly equivalent to studying for the first two years of an honours degree at university. They are carefully designed and developed in collaboration with employers, and offer you the opportunity to combine academic study with the skills and attributes needed in the workplace. Many of our foundation degree courses are also offered on a part-time basis. Studying for a foundation degree on a part-time basis can provide greater flexibility and the opportunity to carry on with work whilst you study. Some employers will fund the course fees and provide time to study where the course is considered of relevance for their business. Many of our part-time foundation degrees are offered on an intensive two year basis, while others are over three years.
When you complete one of our courses and graduate with a University of Plymouth award, you will have the appropriate training and skills needed for success in industry and business; many also include professional qualifications. Foundation degrees are a qualification in their own right. Every foundation degree has a built-in progression route to an honours degree. These are often one-year ‘top-up’ courses available at the University of Plymouth, or in some cases, another university or Partner College.