Foundation stones

July 28, 2000

The proposed foundation degree embodies part of the government's vision of getting half the population through "higher" education by 30.

Many people question where these students will come from, if not from existing further and higher education courses. In "Foundation degrees start small" (THES, July 14), it was suggested that everyone was already adapting higher national diplomas to meet foundation degree requirements. If so, the goal of widening access is unlikely to be reached. While there has been some decline in HNDs, demand for the mostly part-time higher national certificate has grown by more than 7 per cent in four years. During that period total HND/C registrations have risen 58 per cent in health and care, 42 per cent in information technology, and per cent in media.

There has been steady demand for these qualifications, which are valued by employers and colleges. I would like to reassure everyone that higher nationals are alive and well. Edexcel is happy to work with the appropriate people to help develop a foundation degree that meets the goal of widening access.

Michael Knapp

Corporate marketing director


You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns