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Foundation Degrees – The Way Forward

Foundation Degrees – The Way Forward

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  1. Foundation Degrees – The Way Forward Gay Bligh Development Manager Foundation Degree Forward

  2. An Opportunity and aChallenge Foundation degrees represent both an opportunity and a challenge. • The opportunity is to create a new type of provision meeting the need for a high quality, intermediate, vocational higher qualification.

  3. Foundation degrees represent both an opportunity and a challenge. • The challenge is to produce the qualification through partnership, developing effective work-based learning and integration with the existing qualification system.

  4. Context Foundation degrees aim to address: • A vacuum in vocational education • Skills gap at associate professional level • Widening participation and economic competitiveness

  5. Design and Development • Accessibility • Flexibility • Partnership • Employer engagement • Work-based learning • Articulation/progression

  6. What Works Well?

  7. What are the Stumbling Blocks?

  8. How Can Foundation Degree Forward Help?

  9. Foundation Degree Forward ‘Provide a national network of expertise to support the development and validation of high quality Foundation degrees, driven by the needs of students, employers and other stakeholders in the interest of enhancing economic, educational and social opportunities’.

  10. Foundation Degree Forward • Located at Lichfield Centre • Staff in post • Director • Three Associate Directors – FE, Employer Engagement and Learning Innovation • Development Manager • 8 Regional Development Managers • 2 Research Officers • Marketing Manager • 2 Administrative Officers

  11. Foundation Degree Forward FDF can assist the development of Foundation degrees by: • Co-ordinating activities • Building collaborations • Brokering partnerships • Promoting joined up thinking and planning • Research and dissemination of good and innovative practice • Developing shared resources and networks

  12. Foundation Degree Forward • Working with HEIs and FECs • Working with HE Academy and CETLs • Working with Sector Skills Councils • Working with Professional Bodies • Working with Employers • Working with Regional Development Agencies, Regional Skills Partnerships, Learning & Skills Councils, Connexions, NHSU and others.

  13. Foundation Degree Forward Do Foundation Degrees Have a Future?

  14. Foundation Degree Forward Contact me at: Foundation Degree Forward Lichfield Centre The Friary Lichfield WS13 6QS Email: g.bligh@fdf.ac.uk Tel: 01543 301158 www.fdf.ac.uk