Foundation degrees

Location and timetable

There are different ways you can take foundation degrees - whether full-time, part-time, or through distance learning and work-based learning.

Where will I study?

University foundation degrees are available on all of our campuses, based on the subjects located there. Many foundation degrees are offered in partnership with our partner colleges across the South East.


Foundation degrees take two years full-time. Many are offered part-time, designed to fit in with work hours. This could be on a "twilight" basis, such as between 4.30 and 9pm, possibly with an occasional Saturday. Some have employer-negotiated day release arrangements.

Our Applied Professional Studies Foundation Degree can be completely work-based, with tutor visits to the workplace and little attendance at the university.

Start dates are usually September, but some have additional start points as indicated in their programme listing.

Full-time study

"Full-time" status is not the same as full five-day week attendance. Much learning is undertaken as private study, and part of the programme is delivered through learning in the workplace.

Part-time study

The work-based learning element means that part-time study can be completed faster than a traditional honours degree taken part-time. A part-time foundation degree usually takes 3 years, rather than 2 years when full-time.

Distance learning

We also offer foundation degrees taught entirely by distance learning, with full online support.

Work-based learning

Work-based and reflective learning are key parts of foundation degree study, and enable personal and professional development and enhanced performance at work. Broadly, there are three kinds of work-based learning:

  • Projects in the workplace
  • Reflective practice
  • Work-related assignments

All draw on the subject content and theory taught during the programme.