Five reasons why a Foundation Degree may be for you…


  • You want to work and study at the same time

Foundation Degrees are often studied around work, over two or three days a week, leaving time for part-time work and independent study. Degrees at many universities tend to be taught over more days of the week, which can also make family and other commitments a little bit trickier.

  • Gain real-world skills for the workplace

Foundation Degrees combine work-based and technical learning with academic study. Many of the courses at UCW include a work experience element, and live briefs with real businesses are also a feature of a number of our degrees. These embedded employability skills help to explain why 95% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating.

  • Degrees of flexibility

Foundation Degrees are studied over two years and you can then take a few years out (if you choose) before enrolling on an Honours Top-up for a year. Completing this ‘2+1’ pathway will take your education up to Level 6 – exactly the same as a traditional degree.

  • Written exams aren’t the only way to show you’re smart

Foundation Degrees are often assessed on a practical basis, with coursework also likely to play a big part in determining your final grade, so you can demonstrate your knowledge and skills without having to spend hours and hours every year revising and taking exams. Sounds good, huh?

  • They’re cheaper

Foundation Degrees at UCW cost £7,950 per year (2017 fees) whereas some universities are now charging £9,250 per year. Our Honours Top-ups also cost £7,950, so three years at UCW could save you £3,900!