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The Foundation Degree is a vocational qualification introduced by the UK government in September 2001. It is similar in level to the American associate's degree, and in the UK sits between the HND & BSc level of education. Courses are typically two years long and are offered both by universities and colleges of higher education. 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... An associates degree is a degree awarded by community colleges, junior colleges and some bachelors degree-granting colleges and universities in Canada and the United States upon completion of a course of study equivalent to the first two years in a four-year college or university. ...


Foundation degrees are intended to give a foundation in a subject, thus the name, that enables the holder to go on to employment in that field. They have been designed in association with employers, typically containing a large portion of work-based related activities.


Degree Titles

Title Discipline
FdA Arts
FdEd Education
FdEng Engineering
FdMus Music
FdBus Business
FdSc Science
FdTech Technology

See also

Education in the United Kingdom is covered in the following articles: Education in England Education in Northern Ireland Education in Scotland Education in Wales Grammar schools in the United Kingdom Achievement in British Education List of schools in the United Kingdom British universities School inspection organisations: Office for Standards in... Abbreviations are normally used to specify a degree, rather than spelling out the name in full. ...

External links

  • DfES Foundation Degree
  • Foundation Degree Forward

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Foundation Degrees also aim to contribute to widening participation and lifelong learning by encouraging participation by learners who may not previously have considered studying for a higher level qualification.
When designing Foundation Degrees it is important that consideration is given to the ways in which the work-based learning is appropriate to the particular needs of the relevant employment sector or type of employer, and how the programme helps to provide the knowledge and transferable skills needed for employment.
Employability is a key aspect in Foundation Degree programmes and its inclusion should equip and assist learners to enhance their employment opportunities, and/or allow them to prepare for a career change.
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