What is the difference between a foundation year and a foundation degree?

A foundation year can be used by students who miss out on meeting the entry criteria for a course to give them a 'boost' before they join year one of their chosen degree. Foundation years cover essential subject knowledge, help to develop the study skills needed for success in higher education, and are most often part of a 4-year full-time degree.

Foundation degrees are equivalent to the first and second years of an Undergraduate degree and are often listed as FdA or FdSc. Many people choose this option to go alongside working to improve their job prospects. Foundation degrees normally take 2-years full-time or 3-years part-time to complete. Foundation degree graduates will often have the option to apply for a 'top-up' course if they wish to continue their studies to complete a full BA or BSc (Hons) degree.

Take a look at the courses we offer on our subject areas page. Each course page has a 'how to apply' section and includes entry requirements and other relevant information.

You can also chat with our staff directly every Wednesday from 2 pm - 4 pm and periodically throughout the working week.

Alternatively, chat with our current students who will be able to share this information with you and any other course-related queries.

Or book onto one of our Open Days or Course Advice Days to find out more and speak with the team.

You can find out more about our application and admissions processes on our application and admissions page. Alternatively, you can call us on 01204 903 394 or email admissions@bolton.ac.uk.

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