This foundation degree is run at our North East-based partner colleges. You can then 'top-up' to full honours degree at the University of Sunderland. This course is offered at partner colleges: Gateshead College, Tyne Metropolitan College and East Durham College. Foundation degrees differ from honours degrees because they are designed with the help of employers to reflect the needs of industry and commerce. The content of this course reflects guidelines set by SkillsActive, the relevant Sector Skills Council, which works to develop qualifications that enable people to be competent in a specific area of work or type of role.