Foundation degrees are degree level qualifications designed with employers. They combine academic study with workplace learning to equip people with the relevant knowledge, understanding and skills to achieve academic results as well as improve performance and productivity in the work place.
Foundation degrees focus on a particular job or profession. They are intended to increase the professional and technical skills of current or potential staff within a profession, or those intending to go into that profession.
The qualification is broadly equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. It can lead straight to a job, or prepare you for developing your professional skills in the future. A foundation degree is a valid qualification in its own right; however you can also use them as entry to degree programmes.