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    Hi I would like some advice what is better to do an access course or a foundation degree? I need pro's and cons please. Thanks
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    You need to be clear what you're talking about here.

    A Foundation DEGREE (FdA/FdSc) is a 2 year HE qualification that is equivalent to the first 2 years of a degree (similar to an HND). If you do well you can often "top up" with an extra year to a full degree.

    A foundation YEAR is a 1 year HE qualification that is taught either by a university or through a local college/private provider. It may or may not guarantee entry onto a specific degree course (or group of courses) if you pass.

    A foundation DIPLOMA is a 1 year FE qualification that is usually taken in a sixth form/college setting for entry on to art/design courses and gives you time and facilities to build a portfolio.

    An Access course is a 1 year FE qualification that is tailored to university entry (but not always acceptable for all universities for all courses).


    HE courses generally charge HE fees (£6-9k pa) with the option to take out a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan to live on while you study. They also usually involve studying in a university environment and the option to live in university residence.

    FE courses will charge depending on your age and previous qualification and financial situation. Usually there is no funding/finance available to cover living costs and you would be studying in a college and not living in university residences.


    HE courses will usually come with some sort of guaranteed progression onto a degree - so you'll apply once via UCAS and that should be it.

    FE courses you'll need to apply to universities via UCAS within 4/5 months of starting the course, with a reference. There's no guarantee of a place.
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    Do you mean a foundation degree or a foundation year?
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    If you meet the requirements to do a degree with a foundation year I would highly recommend it. You get to apply straight to university and don't have to then apply for your degree as you go straight on to it after your foundation year, you get student finance, you are being taught exactly what you need to know for your first year, you get an extra year to adjust to uni life and learn what is expected of you in regards to exams and essays. The only con is that you have less choice of universities as not all of them offer their degrees with a foundation year.

    Pros of an access course are that you will have more choice's of universities and you don't have to know the exact degree you want to do. The cons are that you don't get student finance, and they are very intense.


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