- Looking to move up the career ladder at work?
- Considering branching out into a new career?
- Returning to work after a career break?
- Interested in getting a university level degree that will make you irresistible to employers and help you land that dream job?
Well look no further! Foundation degrees offer an exciting and innovative route to a university degree which focuses very much on applied learning and technical skills development in the workplace. What’s more, you can get on to a Foundation degree without any formal educational qualifications – so don’t worry if it’s been years since you sat in a classroom! As long as you have relevant work experience you should qualify to do a Foundation degree.
Foundation degrees – dispelling the myths
Contrary to common belief, Foundation degrees are not foundation courses or entry routes to a degree – they are fully-fledged university level degree courses in their own right and offer an excellent work-based alternative to the traditional classroom focused university honours degree route.
Foundation degrees are relatively new, which is why you may not have heard of them. They were introduced by the Government in 2001 as a means of addressing the nation’s high level skills shortages and they are already playing a vital role in upskilling Britain’s workforce.?
A degree with a difference
Studying a Foundation degree will still get you that all important degree qualification, equivalent to the first two years of an honours degree. But because employers help create Foundation degrees working with colleges and universities, they are designed to address sector skills gaps making their content completely relevant to employer needs. While your course is bound to contain a proportion of formal, degree-level academic study, a significant chunk of your learning will happen in the workplace, meaning you’ll gain tailored technical and practical skills specific to your chosen profession.
You’ll get the chance to work on real-life projects, applying your skills and knowledge to help your employer address particular business issues and problems – so the chance to really make a difference to their business.
Foundation degrees will also equip you with ‘employability’ and transferable skills, such as communication, computer literacy, organisation, management and leadership, time management, planning, problem-solving, independent thinking, motivating others etc. Employers have identified such skills as being essential to the future prosperity and competitiveness of their businesses.
Employers recognise the value Foundation degree graduates can bring to the workplace and the impressive list of companies involved in the design, development and delivery of courses now includes KLM, Network Rail, Norwich Union, Rolls Royce, BMW, Specsavers, Radisson Edwardian, the Metropolitan Police and the National Health Service to name but a few!