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What Is A Foundation Degree?

A foundation degree is a vocational qualification in the UK, which is intended to give you a basic knowledge of any given subject, allowing for employment in that field. What this basically means is that a foundation is like a crash course to learning the exact requirements of a specific job or career path, which makes them extremely useful if you know exactly what you want to go into.

How do I complete it and how long does it take?

The other absolutely brilliant thing about foundation degrees is their flexibility. They, unlike other qualifications, are fully flexible, allowing you to fit them around the lifestyle you choose – so whether you want to work and study part-time or blitz the course full-time, there’s an option that will fit your needs.  Full-time foundations tend to take about two years whilst part-time studies will obviously take longer.

What is it worth?

A foundation degree is worth two-thirds of a full honours degree (BA, BSc, etc.), but there’s usually an option to convert your foundation into a full honours, usually through one year of full-time study.

Are there entry requirements?

No! Foundations don’t have any set entry requirements; because it all depends on what degree you’re interested in. All foundations take into account relevant work experience, and for many, formal qualifications are not necessary at all.

What’s the point?

It’s a formal, recognised qualification for any given profession and it allows for a great deal of variety. The foundation offers accessibility to University life without stopping you working, giving a good balance for those who want to earn while they learn, as well as improving your career prospects and opening the door to further education.

By Jack J Collins, Editor,