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    Hi there,

    Just two days ago I received an offer from King's College to study International Relations. I was unaware however that the type of course was a foundation degree. I'm sceptical about this offer as it doesn't seem to weigh up or have the same reputation as a normal BA honours degree. Can anyone be kind enough to explain what a foundation degree actually is and how it differs from a normal BA degree? Andwhether it's worth taking up the offer as King's will then allow me a chance to enter the BA programme in the third year?

    I honestly do not know what to do. I really want to go to King's but am weary of the fact that it is a foundation course.

    Also, if I do choose to enter the BA programme in my third year then would hold any difference to a student obtaining a direct BA degree in International politics?
    I don't want to leave the university with a certificate that says 'Foundation degree' and so would be happy if anyone can clear this up for me.

    Thank you for your time.
    • PS Helper

    PS Helper
    A foundation degree is usually a course that you take for one or two years and then completion of this course to the required standard usually allows you to progress on to an honours degree at that university and so you would graduate with a normal BA honours degree.

    If you are confused, I would suggest that you email the department as they will understand better than anyone what is involved in the course.
    • PS Reviewer

    PS Reviewer
    You need to contact them. Sometimes completing a foundation course will allow you to move on to the degree automatically, but other times you need to apply. Sometimes you can go straight into the 3rd year, but sometimes they want you to study for a further 2 years. No one here can answer your questions with the vague amount of information you have posted.
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