Higher Education

What are foundation degrees

Foundation Degrees are modern qualifications designed and supported by businesses keen to make sure that they meet their needs and the needs of the student.


If you are keen to do a degree, but are worried about going to university, or haven't got the grades you were expecting, the foundation degree is a great way of achieving your aims using a more vocational route, and at the same time getting more personal levels of help and support in a college atmosphere.

As a vocational qualification, foundation degrees offer flexibility to allow you to earn and learn. You can study full-time (usually two years), or part-time over a longer period. All our foundation degrees are validated by Sheffield Hallam University, and attract CATS points, which provide a route through to the final year of an Honours degree.

(Please note that International Students who progress to Sheffield Hallam University after studying full time at a partner college will qualify for a cash bursary in their first year.)

What makes the new Foundation Degree different?

  • This new qualification has been built with the help of employers together with the further and higher education sector to meet the current and future skill needs of business
  •  Students will have the opportunity to develop the specialist, technical knowledge and skills needed at the associate professional and higher technician level
  • All courses have a work based focus
  • Foundation degrees improve career opportunities and increase earning potential
  • They may be studied on a part-time or full-time basis
  • On completion of a foundation degree, there are progression opportunities to other professional qualifications and also to a full honours degree on either a full or part-time basis
  •  Our Foundation degrees are awarded by Sheffield Hallam University
  • Many employers are already committed to using foundation degrees to contribute to workforce skills development

Who will benefit from a Foundation Degree?

  • People leaving school or college from level 3 wanting a vocational route to a degree
  • People in work wishing to upgrade their skills
  • People with non-traditional qualifications
  • People wanting to change their occupation
  • Employers wanting to up-skill their workforce or address future skills gaps

As The Sheffield College is continually developing new foundation degrees in conjunction with Sheffield Hallam University, recent additions to the programme may not appear in this prospectus. Please call the HE Unit for updates on any new courses becoming available, on 0114 260 2600 or email course-enquiries@sheffcol.ac.uk.