New Foundation Degree DVD launched

A new DVD has been launched by the University of Bath’s Division for Lifelong Learning to explain the benefits of a Foundation Degree.

It was produced following the University’s Open Day last June when it became apparent that many students and parents were unfamiliar with what a Foundation Degree is.

Suzanne Maxwell, Deputy Director of the Division, said: “It became obvious that we needed to provide more information about these degrees and their benefits. In the first instance, we set up some ’Introduction to Foundation Degree’ talks for the September Open Day.

“Ultimately we knew we had to reach a much wider audience in a timely and cost effective manner. Our DVD provides the perfect solution.

“Whilst other films already exist which focus on specific courses, our DVD is distinctly different in that it gets across some general key messages about Foundation Degrees in a fun and engaging way. Initial feedback to date has been very positive.”

She added: “University places will be at a premium next September.  Therefore, it is important for potential students to be informed about all the opportunities available to them.“

A Foundation Degree is equivalent to a Higher National Diploma, a Diploma of Higher Education or the first two years of a full-time Honours Degree; students are equipped with the skills and knowledge for their future employment as Foundation Degrees integrate both academic and work-based learning.

Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams MBE, did a foundation degree in Sports Performance at the University's Claverton Campus. 

She said: “I did a foundation degree at Bath and found it immensely useful. The flexibility of it allowed me to continue with my sport whilst studying."

On successful completion students are given the option of completing a one-year (full-time) or 18-month/two-year (part–time) top-up programme leading to a full Honours Degree.

Foundation degrees are also run in conjunction with local colleges in: 

  • Addictions Counselling – Action for Addiction
  • Applied Computing – City of Bath College, Weston College and Wiltshire College
  • Digital Media Arts – Wiltshire College
  • Early Childhood Studies – Wiltshire College
  • Engineering Systems – Wiltshire College
  • Funeral Services – University of Bath
  • Motorsport Engineering – Wiltshire College
  • Sport (Sports Coaching) City of Bath College, Weston College
  • Sport (Sports Health and Fitness) – City of Bath College, Weymouth College
  • Sports Performance - University of Bath, Claverton Campus


You can watch the new DVD and gain further information on our Foundation Degree programmes online.

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