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What are foundation degrees?

What are foundation degrees?Foundation degrees are a type of qualification that gives you the chance to study at a high level while getting useful work experience.

A foundation degree is a work-focused qualification normally developed betwen employers and universities. This means that it is often easier to find a job afterwards, or you could decide to go on and do an honours degree.

There are more than 1,600 foundation degrees at the moment and hundreds more are being planned, so if you do decide to take this route, you’ll be able to choose from plenty of courses.

How long are foundation degrees?

Most full-time foundation degrees take two years. However, it’s possible to study part-time over three or four years, while you work.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to check each course you apply for, as there are no set entry requirements. You will usually be asked for fewer academic qualifications than for an honours degree, but they may be interested in any work experience you’ve had.

Where will a foundation degree get me?

Once you’ve completed a foundation degree you could then choose between taking your experience on to full-time employment or continuing study to get an honours degree. This can sometimes take up to another two years.

What subjects could I study?

There are courses in healthcare, hospitality, engineering, education, the media and much more. Try visiting the UCAS website and checking out the search function to find the subjects that interest you.

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