A Foundation degree is a vocational higher education qualification, which equates to the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree. These courses are a qualification in their own right and cover the levels of study known as levels 4 (year one) and 5 (year two).
Once you complete your Foundation degree, you can choose to continue onto a Top-up degree to gain a full Bachelor’s award (known as level 6 - Bachelor’s).
Foundation degrees are flexible in the way they are taught and you can study most of them on a part-time or full-time basis. They are focused on preparing you for the world of work, so you can expect plenty of work-based learning alongside your time in the lecture theatre.
After your Foundation degree
You have two main options once you’ve completed your Foundation degree - you can go straight into the world of work or you can move on to a one-year Top-up degree.
Foundation degrees at BU and our partners
We offer a range of Foundation degrees, many of which are delivered through our partner colleges. Even if you don’t study at a BU campus for your degree, your final award will still be from BU.
The following are the Foundation degrees that we offer:
Business, Marketing and Management:
- 3D Computer Generated Imagery: Modelling and Animation FdSc (Bournemouth & Poole College)
Computer and Business Information Technology:
- Marine Ecology & Conservation FdSc (Kingston Maurward College)
- FdEng Engineering (Electronic Design) HNC/FdEng (Part-time)
Tourism and Hospitality:
- Tourism Park Management FdSc (Kingston Maurward College)
- Tourism & Events Management FdA (Bournemouth & Poole College)