Your Next Steps

There are a number of options available to you on completion of your qualification at UCSD:

Progress to further study

From a HNC: On completion of your HNC you may have the option to progress to year two of the relevant foundation degree at UCSD. Alternatively, you may be able to progress to an associated course at another provider.

From a Foundation Degree: On completion of your foundation degree, you may be able to progress onto the final year of an approved or associated course to top up to a full Bachelor’s degree. Depending on your programme of study, you may have the option to top-up at UCSD, University of Plymouth or another provider.

If you decide to follow an unapproved route to top-up your foundation degree, you may need to complete more than one year’s additional study such as entering the second year of a programme, or attend an interview.

You will have the opportunity to discuss progression routes within course tutorials and attend progression events throughout the year. For more information, please consult the relevant course page(s).

Please note: there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability.

From a Bachelor’s (top-up): After completing your honours degree, you could consider postgraduate qualifications such as a Masters degree.

Employment opportunities

On completion of a HNC or Foundation Degree, you may choose to further your career or gain employment in a number of roles within your chosen sector.

For more information on employment options with a foundation degree, click here to visit the “Your Foundation Degree…What Next?” resource from TARGETjobs.

If you decide to take that extra step and progress to a top-up year to earn your full Bachelor’s degree, you could look to gain graduate employment in a wider range of roles and professions within your chosen sector.

Many graduate jobs are open to graduates from any degree background, so if you change your mind about pursuing a career in your chosen sector, there are other options open to you. Some routes may require further training and qualification.

For course-specific information on potential employment opportunities, please visit the relevant course page(s).

Other options

You may also decide to take a break from studying/employment for a year, or pursue self-employment.