Your Qualification Explained

Higher National Certificate (HNC) – Level 4

Higher National Certificates (HNC) are vocational qualifications designed to develop practical as well as theoretical skills and knowledge. They focus on equipping you with a practical understanding of your chosen subject and can lead directly to employment in specific industries; they may also count towards membership of professional bodies and other employer organisations. Upon successful completion of the HNC you can progress onto the related Foundation Degree at University Centre South Devon.

What is a Foundation Degree (FdA and FdSc) – Level 5

A Foundation Degree is a degree-level qualification that takes 2 years to complete, and is equivalent to the first 2 years of a traditional Honours Degree. Foundation Degrees focus on relevant, work-based skills within a particular career route or profession, and are designed to increase employability and progression opportunities.

More and more people are recognising that Foundation Degrees are one of the quickest and most direct routes to the high-level vocational skills required in the working world. Because employers are involved in the development of Foundation Degree programmes, they ensure you are immediately ready to transition into employment when you complete your studies.

Bachelor’s Degrees (BA [Hons] and BSc [Hons]) – Level 6

At the end of a Foundation Degree you have the option to ‘top-up’ your qualification with an additional third year of study to convert it into a Full Honours Degree. We offer a range of Bachelor’s top-up courses for you to consider, or you could progress to the University of Plymouth where you are guaranteed an interview for an associated top-up course.

A Bachelor’s Degree generally introduces you to the new skills and research methods that employers will value, and is widely seen as a mark of intellectual ability and potential in the employment market.