Foundation Degree FAQs

What is a Foundation Degree?

Bishop Auckland College works in partnership with The University of Sunderland to offer Foundation Degrees.

Foundation Degrees are higher education qualifications which combine practical work-based learning with academic study.

Foundation Degrees are developed directly with employers. They provide the work skills relevant to a particular sector of industry or public service, and are an excellent way to combine critical thinking and academic skills with practical experience.

How is a Foundation Degree connected to an undergraduate degree?

A Foundation Degree is a higher education qualification in its own right. In addition, it is also equivalent to the first two years at university, and there is an option to top-up the qualification into a full honours degree.

In some cases an additional short course will be required to bridge the gap between Foundation Degree and full honours degree programmes, but this will depend on the type of honours degree top-up you choose.

What qualifications do I need to take a Foundation Degree?

Applicants to Foundation Degrees will be expected to have three passes at GCSE grade C or above (including Maths and English). Alternatively, a minimum of Level 2 Key / Basic Skills in Literacy / Application of Number / Numeracy and Information Technology will also be considered.

Applicants will also need to have a minimum of 1 x 6 unit award, including A Levels or vocational equivalents, such as AVCEs / GNVQs, or NVQ Level 3.

Employees without formal qualifications may qualify for entry through relevant work-based experience.

Any additional entry requirements will be listed within the relevant course information.

How do I apply?

You can directly apply for one of our Foundation Degree programmes, there is no need to go through UCAS. Applications can be made via our website (by searching for the course you are interested in and clicking ‘apply’), alternatively, you can come into College and fill out an application form or you can request an application by post by emailing start@