A Foundation degree (FD) accredited by the University is
designed with the help of employers, so the skills and knowledge
you gain are what industry values and what you need to remain
They are also a great entry point into higher education, as
credits obtained on the course can be transferred to another
qualification (such as a Bachelor degree).
A Foundation degree is for you if:
- you've already gained experience working in your sector, and
now need to develop your skills and knowledge to further your
- you're maybe looking at a career change, and now require an
effective way to learn relevant new skills
- you're looking for a path into higher education that can lead
to the career you want
FDs combine the teaching of an undergraduate degree with
practical, work-based learning, and show you how theory applies to
the realities of business. That means what you study is always
relevant to your day-to-day operations.
You can study our foundation degrees part-time or full-time at
the University or at one of several FE colleges in the region.
Courses usually take between two to three years.
Foundation degree students - whether full- or part-time - can
apply to their Local Authority for possible funding. Most help
available will depend on income. Contact the Gateway for further
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How to apply
Full-time applicants, please apply via UCAS.
Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University or
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