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The University runs Foundation Degrees in Sports Performance
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Participants on Addictions Counselling FD (Photo courtesy of Clouds)

Internal News - 09 June 2005

What is a Foundation Degree?

Foundation Degrees(FDs) are stand-alone vocational Higher Education qualifications that are centred around work-based learning. They enable progression from NVQ level 3, or equivalent, and, upon successful completion, enable progression to Honours Degree level. Plans to develop a specific work-based learning top-up year have received initial approval.

The University has developed a number of courses in association with a range of partners via the Western Foundation Degree Consortium. The Consortium is led by four Higher Education Institutions (the University of Bath, the Royal Agricultural College, Bath Spa University College and the University of Gloucestershire) working in partnership with approximately 12 Further Education colleges and local organisations to promote an integrated and collaborative approach to the development of FDs.

The table below illustrates the spectrum of FDs offered by the University and its partners:

FdSc Addictions Counselling CLOUDS (a registered charity & company)
September 2004
FdSc Sport (Sports Performance) Department of Sports Development & Recreation, University of Bath February 2005
(part-time & part-time block routes)
FdSc Sport (Sports Therapy) Swindon College September 2005
(full-time route)
FdSc Sport (Coaching) City of Bath College
September 2005
FdSc Sport (Health & Fitness Training) City of Bath College
New College
Weston College
September 2005
FdSc Youth Work City of Bristol College
Norton Radstock College
September 2005
FdA Digital Media Arts (Multimedia) Wiltshire College
September 2005
FdA Digital Media Arts (Moving Image Production) Wiltshire College September 2005
FdSc Computing Wiltshire College September 2005

These courses have been designed in consultation with local employers and Sector Skills Councils. They carry a total of 120 ECTS credits (equivalent to 240 CATS credits) and are offered both full-time (two years) and part-time (three years). All FDs developed within the Consortium include a common work-based learning curriculum. On successful completion of the FD, students will be given the opportunity to progress to a one-year top-up programme leading to an honours degree (equivalent to 360 CATS credits).