FdSc then (top-up) (BSc (Hons)) Watch
Once you do the top up is it seen as a normal degree regardless if you did the foundation degree first?
Is this a good route to take if the universities you are looking at only offers your course by doing foundation degree then top up? or is it better to do an all in one?
also if it says £6000 a year for the 2 years foundation how much will the top up year cost? the same amount or the £9000 of a full degree?
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The cost of your top-up year will depend on the university where you do the course, not all offer top up courses. The fee will be capped at a maximum of £9000, you don't have to do your top up degree at the same place your did your FdSc. If you do switch, check that your FdSc is aligned with the top-up course, such that it builds on previous study where a module requires prior knowledge. Or be prepared to do independent study to bring yourself up to the required level. Have a clear idea of what your dissertation will be in at the start of the top-up year, ideally have a proposal 1500 - 3000 written prior to the starting the top up year.
The advantage of the FdSc, is that it gives you an exit point after 2 years with a qualification. If the place where you did your FdSc is not offering the top up year modules that interest you, you can apply for a top up course that more closely matches your needs. If you have a change of heart after completing your 2nd year of conventional degree, you may find that it is harder to secure a transfer into the final year of another 3 year degree. You may only receive a transcript detailing the credit you have achieved and not an actual certificate.
Note that your honours degree classification will usually be based on your performance in the modules completed during the top-up course, your FdSc will typically be considered satisfying entry criteria. This is an advantage if you have not done as well as you wished in the FdSc, but well enough to gain admission to the top-up course.
The FdSc is effectively the successor to the old HND (in England and Wales), which was offered by some FE/HE colleges and post 92 universities.
The disadvantage of FdSc, followed by top-up is that you have to make a fresh application for student loan, as you will be starting a new course. The university could decide not to offer the top up course, forcing you to apply elsewhere. The more specialised the FdSc is, the harder it may be to find an alternative institution to take the top up course at. If the fee structure changes you will be subject to conditions that apply for new course starters, rather than transistional arrangements. Unlike a 3 year degree where typically your fee structure is determined from when you start the course. Your ideal top up course may not be available to external students, if you did your FdSc elsewhere. You may have to do additional modules to complete your the top up course if you want to study at a different institution.
How your degree is perceived will depend on what your want to do with it. You should check with university that you are interested in whether they differentiate between degrees awarded after completing a top up course and those done by the traditional route. For graduate recruitment progarmmes that just require a degree, you will tick the box. For graudate recruitment programmes that are concerned with where/what your studied, what grades you achieved throughout (your full transcripts), then it might be harder to meet their recruitement criteria.