Foundation degrees were introduced over 20 years ago to provide graduates needed within the labour market to address shortages in particular skills. Sitting at Level 5 of the Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications,
they primarily facilitate progress onto higher education programmes but also stand as recognised qualifications in their own right. They typically integrate academic and work-based learning, building upon a long history of vocational qualifications
in higher education.
Many foundation degrees are designed to meet local employment needs, but others have a national or international focus. They can also form part of higher and degree apprenticeships. Offered in a wide range of subjects and delivery modes, foundations degrees
share the features of versatility, flexibility and accessibility, enabling clear routes for students to progress.