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    Sorry if this this has been asked before but I have a few things that I need clearing up about a Foundation Degree. (some of them may sound fairly childish!)

    Firstly, I am 17 years old and currently completing an apprenticeship in football coaching, I have my Level 1 FA badge and about to get my Level 2. I have never really given university a thought as I always presumed that unless you did not take A Levels you couldn't go.

    The course I am interested in is a Sports Coaching Foundation Degree. I know that ideally you would need A Levels/ Btec's, but am I right in thinking if I build enough of experience and put together a strong list of sports coaching achievements I can still be considered for the course?

    Secondly, and I know it sounds very childish, Would studying a Foundation degree separate me from those who do the standard HND degree. Of course part of the attraction of me going to Uni is the lifestyle and I want to make sure that I would still be able to share accomadation with those taking HND's.

    I also wanted to check the general perception of a Foundation Degree. I know that it is not seen as good by employers but would it still be worth taking?

    Would be great to get some answers, sorry if some are obvious but I want to make sure I am not wasting my time.

    Thanks alot.
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    (Original post by JackRber)
    Sorry if this this has been asked before but I have a few things that I need clearing up about a Foundation Degree. (some of them may sound fairly childish!)

    Firstly, I am 17 years old and currently completing an apprenticeship in football coaching, I have my Level 1 FA badge and about to get my Level 2. I have never really given university a thought as I always presumed that unless you did not take A Levels you couldn't go.

    The course I am interested in is a Sports Coaching Foundation Degree. I know that ideally you would need A Levels/ Btec's, but am I right in thinking if I build enough of experience and put together a strong list of sports coaching achievements I can still be considered for the course?

    Secondly, and I know it sounds very childish, Would studying a Foundation degree separate me from those who do the standard HND degree. Of course part of the attraction of me going to Uni is the lifestyle and I want to make sure that I would still be able to share accomadation with those taking HND's.

    I also wanted to check the general perception of a Foundation Degree. I know that it is not seen as good by employers but would it still be worth taking?

    Would be great to get some answers, sorry if some are obvious but I want to make sure I am not wasting my time.

    Thanks alot.
    Sorry noone has replied to this - it ended up in the social work forum which might be why it was ignored

    Foundation Degrees and HNDs are technically the same level of qualification. The main difference is that FDs were designed to include a substantial vocational component - which means they're often designed with employers involved from the start and include a lot of practical experience.

    For something like Sports Coaching they're usually very good - although with any course it's best checking directly with your potential employers to find out what they think. They might be able to tell you what to look out for or know an alternative that would be a better preparation for the career you want to get into.

    As for entry qualifications - again it varies massively and you need to seek advice directly. Talk to the university/college offering the courses you're interested in, explain your current qualifications and ask what they would expect to see from someone with your background to get onto the course. You will usually need a Level 3 qualification of some sort - quite often a university/college will require a certain "size" of level 3 qualification (usually equivalent to 2 A levels for a FD but sometimes they'll ask for more).
 
 
 
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