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Our full-time Foundation Degree programmes are career focused, high quality, local and affordable, offering a genuine alternative to university.

What’s a foundation degree?

A foundation degree is similar to a HND, but on completion you will be awarded an FdA (Foundation Degree in Arts) or FdSc (Foundation Degree in Science) depending on the subject studied. A foundation degree usually takes two years to complete, full-time.

Why would I choose a foundation degree instead of university?

They are ideal if you are not sure about whether university is for you. They allow you to start your degree at college, and then if you decide you like it, you can usually continue to gain a full honours degree at university.

They are also developed with employers to provide students workplace experience as well as a balance between academic study and practical skills development. This will give you the knowledge and skills employers demand and boost your employment prospects.

The other benefits are that the fees are generally lower and the study groups and classroom sizes are usually smaller. So rather then being in a very large lecture theatre, you will likely be working in smaller groups with more one-to-one support from your tutor.

Our foundation degrees are regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) conducted their most recent review of our university level provision in 2014 and Highbury College met expectations in all areas.



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Highbury College Access and Participation Statement October 2018

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Highbury College Portsmouth HER - Final Report 2014

This is a report of a Higher Education Review conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) at Highbury College Portsmouth. The review took place from 29 September to 1 October 2014 and was conducted by a team of three reviewers, as… (PDF)

Highbury College HER Action Plan 2014-15

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