There are many abbreviations when it comes to higher education courses, whether that is a BSc or FdSc, or an MSc. The traditional route is often to study towards a bachelor’s degree; however, the entry requirements can sometimes be an obstacle for students with lower qualifications. This is where an FdSc degree comes in- otherwise known as a Foundation Degree. This blog post aims to explain what a FdSc degree is, and who it is suitable for.
What is an FdSc?
An FdSc is a Foundation degree that is the equivalent of two-thirds of a bachelor’s degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND). A Foundation degree is a two-year stand-alone qualification. After completing this you can go to the final year of your degree or complete a top-up and gain a full bachelor’s degree. A top-up degree will in turn provide you with a Level 6 qualification.
How long is a foundation degree?
A Foundation degree typically takes 2 years to complete.
How is a foundation degree assessed?
As an example, if you choose to study a FdSc Business Management degree, your assessment is linked to the learning outcomes of each module and are completed before the end of the module. Module assessments are typically either coursework or examination or a combination of both. Other types of assessment may include in-class tests, coursework assignments, presentations, and projects.
What are the benefits of a foundation degree?
Additional English support
Alongside your academic studies you get extra support to develop your English skills if needed. These classes are focused on developing the skills you need to succeed in an academic environment.
Foundation degrees are often delivered in small class sizes to give you the best learning environment to ask questions and get 1-2-1 support.
Academic tutors are specialists in their subject area, but also specialise in 1-2-1 mentoring. They will understand what areas are likely to be particularly difficult for you and in return support you to grow and develop in those areas.
Foundation degrees are designed as a steppingstone towards a bachelor’s degree. During the two years you will gain the relevant skills to succeed in further study.
What qualifications do I need to do a foundation degree?
The following entry requirement example is for a FdSc Business Management degree:
- You should have a minimum of one GCE A2-level pass (or equivalent), including any subject and five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English.
- If English is not your first language you will need to complete a Secure English Language Test at IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.
- You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
What are the career options for a (FdSc) Foundation degree Business Management?
One of the most popular foundation degree pathways is a Business Management route. The course prepares you for the fundamentals of business in any sector or industry. Through the successful completion of the degree, you can progress in your career with a range of opportunities in management or pursue your own business ambitions.
Some of the career opportunities for Business Management graduates include:
- Advertising and Marketing
- Human Resources
- Business owner
- Management Consultancy
- Business Journalism