Foundation Degrees

Foundation Degrees are flexible employment-related degrees that combine traditional university study with learning that takes place at work.

They are equivalent to the first two years of an honours degree and have been designed specifically to equip you with the skills required by today's employers.

How long do they take?

Usually, a Foundation Degree will take two years to complete full time, and up to four or five years to complete part-time, and can be offered directly by the university, through our partner colleges of further education, or through particular arrangements with the employment sector. Once you have completed your foundation degree, you will be given the opportunity to "top up" to an appropriate honours degree by adding a further one year of study.

How employable am I?

Some foundation degrees are designed specifically for one particular profession, and these are usually delivered in the workplace between the university and the employer. Others are offered on a full-time or part-time basis by the university or by partner colleges of further education.


Foundation Degree  MOA  Delivering Institution  Next Start Date
Animal Management: Behaviour and Welfare  Full-time and Part-time

Based at  Reaseheath College

  September 2014
Animal Management: Zoo Management  Full-time and Part-time

Based at  Reaseheath College

September 2014
Biomedical Process Technology Full-time

University of Chester

September 2013
Childhood and Youth Professional Studies Part-time University of Chester February 2014 (Warrington Campus) / October 2014 (Chester Campus)
Food Manufacturing with Business Management  Full-time and Part-time Based at  Reaseheath College September 2014
Health and Social Care (Assistant Practitioner) Full-time and Part-time University of Chester September 2014
Computer Science  Full-time and Part-time West Cheshire College, Mid-Cheshire College and Wirral Metropolitan College  September 2014
Information, Advice and Guidance Full-time Wirral Metropolitan College September 2013
Fitness and Health  Full-time and Part-time Based at West Cheshire College September 2015
Government (WBIS)  Part-time Distance Learners  Throughout the year
Health Care Sciences  Part-time University of Chester  September 2013
Hospitality Management  Full-time West Cheshire College September 2013
Management and Leadership Or  Business  Part-time University of Chester  Throughout the Year
Managing Children's Services  Part-time West Cheshire College September 2013
Policing, Law and Investigation Full-time University of Chester: Warrington Campus September 2014
Sports Coaching  Full-time and Part- time University of Chester: Warrington Campus September 2014
Work Based and Integrative Studies  Part-time University of Chester  Throughout the year



Applications for full-time Foundation Degree places should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Please refer to the UCAS website for institution codes and course codes.


To apply for part-time Foundation Degree programmes based at the University, please use the part-time application form below.  Applications for our 'Assisting Professional Practice' and 'Health Care Sciences' programmes should be made on dedicated application forms (below)

To apply to the 'Assisting Professional Practice' programme, please use the following form:

To apply to the 'Health Care Sciences' programme, please use the following form:

To apply for Foundation Degrees based at partner Colleges, e.g. ICT, please contact the College direct or visit their website.


Additional Information

For additional information please contact Undergraduate Admissions on 01244 511000 or email us at