Foundation degrees are developed in collaboration with employers and target higher-level skills shortages. Courses are validated by universities ensuring that they meet the standards of higher education. Employers value them for their hands-on, work-based focus that enables graduates to make an immediate contribution to their enterprises. Students are attracted by an applied academic qualification that gives them an edge in the labour market yet lays the foundations for progression to an honours degree or other high-level professional qualifications.
Providers are using an increasingly varied range of innovative and flexible delivery methods. Being responsive to the needs of employers and potential students in this way helps reduce many of the practical barriers to learning and offers accessibility to higher education for those whom might not otherwise have considered it as an option. Many foundation degrees are offered on a part-time basis to students who are already working which means they can continue to earning while learning.
If this is not what you are looking for or if you want more information about higher education, further education or skills, you can contact the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, or telephone 020 7215 5000.
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
66-74 Victoria Street
Telephone: 0207 215 5000