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Foundation Degrees Learning Partnerships

skills & knowledge for employment

academic & work-based learning

local study opportunities

progression to full honours degree

accessible & flexible

Nyasha started at the College in 2005 on the National Diploma in Information Technology. On successful completion he progressed to the FdSc Computing and then did the top-up year to achieve a First Class Honours degree in Computing. “I received a first class education at Weston College; my time here has been memorable and exceptionally fruitful. I will always remember how all my tutors encouraged and challenged me to be the best I could possibly be. The College has helped me realise my potential and achieve highly.� Since graduating Nyasha has gained employment at the Royal Bank of Scotland. He would like to progress to a senior management position and is due to start studying for his Masters this year.

Nyasha Applied Computing Weston College

Contents What are Foundation Degrees?


What are the benefits of a University of Bath Foundation Degree? 2 Who can study for a Foundation Degree?


Where can I study for a Foundation Degree?


When can I start studying?


Which Foundation Degrees can I study?


Addictions Counselling


Applied Computing


Creative Digital Media


Early Childhood Studies


Engineering Systems


Motorsport Engineering


Sport (Coaching)


Sport (Health & Fitness)


Sport (Sports Therapy)


What can I do after my Foundation Degree?


Frequently Asked Questions


Further information

Jennie was disappointed with her A Level grades and decided to get a job. However she still wanted to gain qualifications so she enrolled on a part-time City & Guilds electrical course at Swindon College. Returning to study gave her the confidence to carry on and by then she was working as an electrician. Her tutors recommended the Foundation Degree and she hasn’t looked back - Jennie is one of the top performing students in her class and will go on to the BSc Honours year. “I have grown more by coming back to education as a mature student.”

Jennie Engineering Systems Swindon College

Back Cover

Learning Parnerships Office University of Bath Claverton Down, BATH, BA2 7AY Telephone: 01225 386513 Fax: 01225 386849 Web: Admissions Office Telephone: 01225 383019 Fax: 01225 386366 Web: UCAS code: B16 This prospectus is published for the guidance of students who wish to enter the University in the next academic year. The information in this publication is correct at the time of going to press, but all matters contained in the prospectus are subject to change from time to time both before and after a candidate’s admission. The University may at its discretion, and for any reason, alter or not offer courses or parts of courses. If you require the prospectus in large print, braille or electronic format, please contact the Learning Partnerships Office.


Foundation Degrees

Foundation Degrees What are Foundation Degrees? Foundation Degrees are Level 5/ Intermediate Higher Education qualifications, equivalent to Higher National Diplomas (HNDs), Diplomas of Higher Education or the first two years of a full-time Honours Degree. Offered on a full-time (2 year) or part-time (3-4 year) basis, they integrate both academic and work-based learning and are designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge for employment. The University of Bath’s Foundation Degrees have been developed in a collaborative partnership with other Higher Education institutions, Further Education colleges, professional bodies and employers.

What are the benefits of a University of Bath Foundation Degree? • Vocational and academic study

• Local study opportunities

Our Foundation Degrees are delivered by approved further education colleges and partner organisations. This provides the perfect opportunity to study locally which will help you to save on travel and accommodation costs while you are studying. However, we welcome applications from local, national and international students.

• Progression opportunities

On completion Georgia would like to become a Sports Development Officer.

Georgia Sport (Coaching), Weston College

On successful completion of your Foundation Degree, you may be given the option of completing a one-year (full-time) or 18 month/2 year (part–time) top-up programme leading to a full honours degree providing you meet the necessary entry requirements. The Honours years are also delivered at our partner organisations.

• Access to a range of facilities

You will have access to the facilities at your partner college or organisation as well as those at the University which include the Library, Learning Centre, brand new Student Centre and extensive, first class sport and recreation facilities.

• Entry criteria


You will be given an opportunity to show how your ‘experiential learning’ has given you the knowledge and skills which are equivalent to those you would gain through completing a level 3 qualification, and which are needed in order to succeed on the course. You will still need to hold a level 2 (or equivalent) qualification in English and Maths (where appropriate).

Work-based learning is a key feature of Foundation Degrees and you will combine this vocational aspect with your academic study. Employers are involved in the design of our programmes so that you are equipped to work in your chosen field at the end of your studies. • Full-time and part-time study options Typically you will be expected to complete a work placement which enables you to put Where possible, we offer both fullyour academic knowledge into practice. If time and part-time study options for you are already working, Foundation Degrees maximum flexibility. may provide flexible study to fit around, and incorporate, your work commitments. • Student support

Since studying at Weston College Georgia has been selected to play football for England Colleges. “I’m really enjoying this course; it’s a good mixture of theory and practical. The opportunity to gain work experience and be involved in coaching sessions helps you to gain a greater understanding of the industry.”

Applicants should normally hold a level 3 qualification (e.g. BTEC National Diploma or A Levels). However, where this is not the case applicants may be admitted to the programme because of knowledge and skills gained through experience rather than formal qualifications.

Studying at one of our partner organisations means that group sizes tend to be small allowing a higher level of support for individuals. All partners have personal tutorial systems to provide help and advice on academic and personal issues.

• University of Bath qualification

On successful completion you will gain a University of Bath qualification. The University of Bath ranks highly in the league tables of UK universities published by a number of national newspapers, including the Times, Independent and Guardian.

“I’ve seen a lot of damage done by alcohol and drugs within my own and other families. This course has given me the tools to take that experience and try to help people, turning it in to something good.”

Geoff Addictions Counselling Action on Addiction, Warminster

Foundation Degrees Who can study for a Foundation Degree?

When can I start studying?

If you are…

All of these Foundation Degrees will be available to study from September 2012/13

• a school or college leaver looking for a work-related qualification to launch your career, • employed and want to progress in your line of work, • employed but want to change career, • not currently in employment and seeking a way into work with prospects …then a Foundation Degree may be the right choice for you!

Where can I study for a Foundation Degree? Course

Applications for full-time programmes should be made via ucas For further information on part-time applications please contact the Learning Partnerships Office. Full details of how to apply for each of our programmes can be found on our website at: The contact details for the University of Bath’s Learning Partnerships Office are on the back cover.


Addictions Counselling Applied Computing

Action on Addiction, Warminster

Creative Digital Media Early Childhood Studies Engineering Systems Bridgwater College

Chichester College/Wiltshire College

Motorsport Engineering Racing Circuit) Sport (Coaching)

Wiltshire College (at Castle Combe

Sport (Health & Fitness)

City of Bath College/Weymouth College

Sport (Sports Therapy)

North Star Campus, Swindon College

Weston College/Wiltshire College

Wiltshire College Chichester College/Swindon College/

City of Bath College/Weston College

“I enjoyed taking A Levels but I didn’t know what to do next. I wanted to stay local but also wanted to study a university level course. I Googled media degrees and Wiltshire College seemed perfect! It was convenient and I would have access to some great facilities and professional equipment. I really enjoy the practical elements of the course; you’re not just sitting there being talked at, you get to be creative and have free rein on the projects. The course has given me a taste for the kinds of things I’ll be doing in my career and now I’m raring to go. I would like to go into editing films; I find it really satisfying to put my own stamp on a piece.”

Trudy Creative Digital Media Wiltshire College


Foundation Degrees

Which Foundation Degrees can I study? Addictions Counselling Foundation Degrees

FdSc Addictions Counselling

This programme aims to meet the increased demand for capable practitioners in the field of Addictions Counselling. It enables students who are interested in working in the field of addictions treatment to become skilled, reflective and competent counsellors. The programme aims to integrate humanistic, cognitive-behavioural, motivational and twelve step models. Whilst maximising flexibility in terms of learning opportunities it is intended that this programme be available to both novice practitioners and others who are employed within an addictions setting.

Foundation Degrees

FdSc Engineering Systems

Engineering Systems This programme should appeal to those students who are interested in training for a career in manufacturing engineering and technologies. The course has been developed in collaboration with international manufacturing companies and other industry experts. It provides broad- based core skills and knowledge including practical and professional abilities in specific areas, as well as providing a broad range of analysis, design and implementation skills. Work-based learning and simulated projects form an integral part of the programme. *This course is accredited by IMechE

Creative Digital Media Foundation Degrees

FdA Creative Digital Media

For students looking for a career in film, video, multimedia or graphics production this course has been tailored to meet your needs. This dynamic course will cover a diverse range of topic areas within the creative digital media industry which will allow students to achieve a strong skill set, becoming more specialised as the course progresses.

Motorsport Engineering Foundation Degrees

FdSc Motorsport Engineering

This course appeals to students who have an interest in competition vehicle design, construction and preparation. Students study all aspects of race car design and manufacture including chassis, power train, aerodynamics, telemetry and electronics and apply this knowledge in the practical setting of race car preparation. Workbased learning and competition projects form an integral part of the programme. It has been developed with considerable support from the local, regional and national motorsport industry.

Applied Computing Foundation Degrees

FdSc Applied Computing

This programme is intended to prepare students for a variety of careers across the IT industry through the provision of specialised options. It equips students with practical and professional abilities in specific areas, as well as providing a broad range of analysis, design and implementation skills. Students study major computing topics such as systems analysis, programming, web design, databases and computer architecture plus a variety of more specialised subjects. In addition, students develop personal and professional skills and undertake a substantial individual project.

Sport (Coaching) Foundation Degrees

FdSc Sport (Sports Coaching)

Early Childhood Studies Foundation Degrees

FdSc Early Childhood Studies

This programme is endorsed by the Children’s Workforce Development Council. This endorsement is designed to provide employers and students with confidence that the qualification meets the requirements of the sector. It is suitable for those who are already working with children aged 0-5 as well as Teaching Assistants in the Foundation Stage. The theory and practice of Early Years is linked to enable the practitioner to widen and deepen their own practice and understanding, ultimately maximising the opportunity to progress in their careers. It is concerned with ideas and practices that are drawn from a range of disciplines, all of which contribute to the understanding of early years practice and theory.

Sport (Health & Fitness) Foundation Degrees

FdSc Sport (Health and Fitness)


This programme is ideal for those students who have an interest in health and fitness, or who would like to further develop and enhance their understanding and knowledge of sport, sport science and the health and fitness industry. It provides students with a sound understanding of the components of health and fitness, lifestyles and attitudes to exercise, promotion of healthy living, principles of fitness and training and industry specific management skills. Students may be given the opportunity to study additional qualifications which enable them to work as fitness instructors.

Sport (Sports Therapy) Foundation Degrees

FdSc Sport (Sports Therapy) If you have any questions or you would like a course leaflet on any of these Foundation Degrees please contact the University of Bath’s Learning Partnerships Office via the contact details on the back cover.

This degree will appeal to those who have an interest in sports coaching, or would like the opportunity to develop and enhance their understanding of the coaching process. The programme provides students with a thorough understanding of sport, sport science and the key components of coaching practice. Students can develop their ability and knowledge of sports coaching throughout the programme through work placements and additional coaching qualifications.

This programme should appeal to those students who have an interest in sport and a desire to help injured clients return to their sport. Successful sports therapists must have a clear understanding of anatomy and physiology as well as lifestyle management. As students progress through the course, increased emphasis is place on developing observational, evaluative and analytical skills in determining treatment and rehabilitation regimes. Students are expected to undertake work placements in a variety of settings and the course is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists.

Ifan studied for his A Levels in Cardiff before taking a year out travelling. He then moved to Bath to study Sports Development but wanted to focus specifically on sports injury treatments. The University of Bath recommended the Sports Therapy course at Swindon College to Ifan. He commutes on the train two days a week. Living in Bath, Ifan gets to make good use of the university facilities at both campuses and says staff at Bath and Swindon have been extremely supportive. Ifan feels he has progressed well due to the small class sizes and plans to study for an MA in Sports Rehabilitation next.

What can I do after my Foundation Degree? On successful completion of any of these Foundation Degrees, you may be given the option of completing a 1 year (full-time) or 18 month/2 year (part–time) top-up programme leading to a full Honours Degree providing you meet the necessary entry requirements. The Honours Degree adopts the same work-based learning approach but adds value by preparing you for potential, longer-term leadership roles at work. You continue to study your chosen subject at honours level and to develop a critical, analytical and reflective approach valued by employers.

Ifan says: “I have accrued more than 500 hours of work experience in hospitals, sports clubs, therapy units and clinics as part of studying towards my degree which has been invaluable for experiencing different aspects of the industry.”

Ifan Sport (Sports Therapy) Swindon College

Frequently Asked Questions Is a Foundation Degree the same thing as a Foundation Course or Foundation Year?

No. A Foundation Degree is a Level 5 qualification and is equivalent to a Higher National Diploma.

What is Work-based Learning?

Work-based learning is learning that is integral to the programme of study and is usually achieved and demonstrated through engagement with a workplace environment and the assessment of reflective practice.


Unfortunately, the University does not offer accommodation. Please contact the relevant partner college or organisation who can help you to find accommodation in the local area.

your application form of where you have gained knowledge and skills through learning outside formal education (for example, in the workplace), indicating the time period and your level of responsibility.

I have not studied for some time, what is it like to study a Foundation Degree? Please visit for further information.

What grades do I need?

How will I be taught and assessed?

Can I be accepted on to a programme through experience rather than by formal qualifications?

The work-based component will afford opportunities for learning in an organisational environment, and to apply theoretical concepts to practical situations.

Full details of the entry requirements for each of our programmes can be found on our website at

If you do not hold a valid level 3 qualification (e.g. BTEC or A level in the relevant subject) but have substantial relevant experience you should apply via UCAS outlining your experience in the personal statement section and provide relevant references. Applicants will still need to hold a level 2 (or equivalent) qualification in English and Maths (where appropriate). For full details of this process please see the website.

You may be invited to attend an interview to discuss your application further. If the programme leader believes you may be a suitable candidate you will be required to complete a written task which will be assessed at the appropriate level 3 standard. If your written task meets the appropriate level 3 standard the programme leader may recommend that an offer is made. When your application is based on your experience rather than formal qualifications, make sure you include examples in

Most teaching and learning will be class based and will include a variety of learning activities such as lectures, seminars, debates, practical sessions, presentations and guest speakers.

Assessment will be by a variety of methods including assignment/report writing, examinations, practical sessions, presentations, employer assessment in the work placement and Personal Development Plans.

What fees will I pay and what help can I get with funding?

You will find full details at You can also find out more from the Department for Education and Skills at In addition to Government support the University of Bath is offering a range of bursaries. Please go to http://www.bath. to confirm your eligibility. For free, impartial, confidential advice on all financial matters for all students, you can contact Student Funding on 01225 385388 or


Foundation Degrees Learning Partnerships

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Foundation Degree Prospectus 2011/12  
Foundation Degree Prospectus 2011/12  

Study a University of Bath Foundation Degree at one of our local partner colleges.