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.

Details of progression routes are available on each course information page. You can also find out about progressing to the University of Plymouth from a partner institution here.

To apply to top up at either UCSD or University of Plymouth, you will need to complete and return the relevant progression form to the HE Faculty Office.

University Centre South Devon Progression Form 2020 Entry

University of Plymouth Progression Form 2020 Entry

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

If you are planning to top-up at another provider, you will need to complete a UCAS application via the UCAS website. However, in the first instance we advise you check with the provider’s Admissions department on how and when to apply.

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.