B1.6 Progression to Honours-level study

  • i.  A Foundation Degree is a recognised higher education qualification in its own right.  However, a key characteristic of a Foundation Degree is that it also provides a route to study at Honours degree level.  A progression route, or choice of routes, through which Foundation Degree graduates may study for a Bachelors Degree with Honours must be clearly identified at the point of approval of a new Foundation Degree programme, and the programme documentation must clearly describe the requirements for progression to level 6 study.  Identified progression routes may either be onto level 6 of an existing Honours degree, or a specially designed level 6 top-up programme. 

    ii.  The Foundation Degree is located at level 5 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, as is the Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE).  However, because of the requirement for the inclusion of significant amounts of work-based learning in a Foundation Degree programme, the learning outcomes achieved by these graduates may not be exactly equivalent to levels 4 and 5 of an Honours degree.  Foundation Degree graduates may therefore be required to undertake a bridging programme to ensure they meet the academic requirements for progression to level 6 study.  Any bridging programme must be specified and approved through the Foundation Degree approval process. 

    iii.  As a general rule, the additional programme of study (120 credits at level 6) required to qualify for a Bachelors Degree with Honours should allow students to graduate within a further 15 months of full time study or 30 months of part time study (including any bridging requirements).