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Foundation degrees are designed by universities in association with employers and combine academic and workplace skills. They allow you to study while you work and can suit those who are looking for work or wanting to change careers as well as those who do not want to embark on a full degree course. 

A foundation degree usually takes two years full-time to complete (longer if you are studying part time), allowing you to gain professional and technical skills within a shorter time frame than a full degree. At the end, you can reconsider your career options and then decide whether to use it as a step towards further professional qualifications or to do an honours degree. 

Entry requirements vary and many institutions prefer relevant work experience to academic qualifications. It varies by institution and individual. Foundation degrees are well regarded by employers, who see them as heavyweight vocational qualifications because they equip students with real skills and experience as well as knowledge. 

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.
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