What they mean
FdA: Foundation Degree in Arts
FdSc: Foundation Degree in Science
FdEng: Foundation Degree in Engineering
Foundation year: this isn't a qualification, but acts as part of a bachelor's degree.
- They all have the word 'foundation' in them.
- A foundation degree is awarded after two full-time (or three to four part-time) years of university-level study.
- With foundation degrees, you can continue studying for another year to top it up to a full degree.
- A foundation degree is classed as a university-level qualification.
- A foundation year is an extra year of studying that you do before starting a university degree.
- A foundation year is not a qualification. It will prepare you for the correct level of university study if you don't have the required amount of UCAS points, or if you want to study a different degree subject to your further education qualifications.
Take a look
Check out our foundation courses for examples: