Foundation Degrees

Why do a Foundation Degree?

  • Improve your skills and career prospects whilst remaining in work.
  • Varied, flexible and accessible.
  •  Work on real-world projects, helping to resolve employers’ problems.
  • Develop the academic and vocational skills you need for career progression.
  • Progression opportunities, including fast-track onto a full honours degree.
Foundation degrees are degree-level qualifications which Universities and employers work together to design and deliver, enabling you to benefit from both academic and work-based learning.

Our Foundation Degrees programmes involve a combination of work-based learning, lectures and online study. A full-time programme will usually take two years to complete.

A Foundation Degree is a stand-alone recognised degree in its own right and is equivalent to the first two years of an honours degree.


Aston has strong links with business, industry and the public sector, and we have developed Foundation Degrees with organisations such as BMW, E.on and the NHS. Find out how Foundation Degrees can benefit your company.

Current programmes

We are currently accepting applications for the following Foundation Degree programmes:

If you are an employer, and these programmes do not meet your requirements, please get in touch to discuss working with us to design and develop your own Foundation Degree.

Progression opportunities

As a foundation degree graduate you will have many different options. 

You may decide to progress onto a full Honours degree, or go on to take further professional development programmes.

Our progression programmes are designed to help you develop strong academic and vocational skills to boost your long-term employment prospects or to change career.