foundation degree

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A two‐year degree course, usually taught in university or a college of further or higher education, and focusing on a vocationally related area of study. Introduced in 2001, this degree can be awarded in the arts (Foundation Degree Arts, FDA), the Sciences (Fd.Sc.), or in specific vocational fields such as law (FDL) or engineering (FDE). Further education providers offer foundation degrees in partnership with a university or other institution of higher education; and successful students can go on to ‘top up’ their qualification by additional study in higher education to achieve an honours degree. The foundation degree was introduced primarily as an additional means of building a more highly skilled workforce, and its implementation has involved cooperation between employers, trainers, and professional bodies, as well as colleges and higher education institutions. It was designed to recruit primarily from those in the 20–30 age group of the population who have not engaged with higher education through more traditional routes.

Subjects: Education.

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