A Foundation Degree is a degree level qualification, which combines academic study with work place learning and is a qualification in its own right. It is equivalent to the first two years of a full honours degree and may be studied on a full or part time basis, with the full time route taking two years and the part time route often completed over three years.
Foundation Degrees integrate academic study with relevant work-based learning, ensuring students graduate with the practical skills and relevant knowledge that is sought by employers. On completion of a Foundation Degree, students can progress into employment or apply to Top up their qualification to a full honours award (BA/BSc/BEng) with one year of further study.
The Hugh Baird University Centre Foundation Degrees are delivered on campus at Hugh Baird College, in the dedicated University Centre building and are approved by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
For those who want to study for a foundation degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to start just yet, we also offer some of our foundation degrees with Optional Integrated Foundation Entry. This route means you would have an additional year of tuition (two years if studying part time) and more time to prepare for study at foundation degree level. Alternatively, we also offer a number of Access to Higher Education routes, designed to prepare mature learners (19+) for a range of studies at university level.
Honours Top up degrees are equivalent to the final year of a full honours degree. Our Top up degrees are also delivered on our campus and are approved by UCLan.
To apply for a Honours Top up degree, students will need to meet the entry requirements including a relevant Foundation Degree, HND, or equivalent. Please see individual course pages on the University Centre website for further information on entry requirements. Students who successfully complete an Honours Top up degree will graduate with a full BA (Hons), BSc (Hons) or BEng (Hons) Degree.