Frequently asked questions
What is a foundation degree?
A foundation degree is an occupationally focused higher education (HE) qualification that integrates academic and work-based learning delivered through close collaboration between employers and programme providers. It is designed with employer involvement and is intended to equip learners with the skills and knowledge relevant to their employment.
A foundation degree is located at levels 4 and 5 on the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ). It is both a stand-alone qualification and a basis for further study, which could take a number of different forms, including progression from the foundation degree to the final year of at least one identified and relevant Honours degree programme.
Employers value the work-based learning element as a means to connect principles and theory to application. Some employers are discovering that the offer of a foundation degree with guaranteed further learning progression to a full honours degree is giving them a competitive edge in recruitment.
Can modules be offered as CPD?
Many of the Working Higher foundation degrees offer modules as bite-sized CPD. For further details contact the relevant sector Industry Champion.
How do foundation degrees fit with other qualifications?
To find out more download the Foundation Degree Forward fdf publication.
How long is a foundation degree?
The Working Higher foundation degrees have been designed for part-time learners, who we would expect to take three years to complete the qualification.
What is work-based learning?
Work-based learning recognises the value of work as a source of knowledge and experience; it makes work the subject of study. The workplace is an important learning environment and work-based learning brings the methods and academic rigour of higher education to the curriculum of working life. Work-based learning develops critical thinking and reflection through learning activity designed and tailored for the individual, involving elements of blended learning, accreditation and support. It puts the learner's development first, creating a flexible learning experience much of which can be delivered through work, in work and by work.
What are the entry requirements?
Typically, foundation degrees suit those with Level 3 qualifications seeking to develop their career and employees who have relevant experience (even if they don't have formal qualifications).
How can employers contribute to the learning experience?
Employers are expected to support learners as they learn in the workplace. This can be achieved in a number of ways including:
How is learning assessed?
Methods are varied, providing a good mix of competency based assessments, assignments and employer feedback that may include: