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Two-year 'basic degree'
Keywords Education, Expansion
Foundation degrees that take two years to complete have been introduced as part of the Government's efforts to expand further and higher education. The Government has promised to create 700,000 more places in further-education colleges and universities by 2002. The Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has said he wants half the population to have a degree by the age of 30.
Foundation degrees are designed to offer credible qualifications for people starting from a lower academic base. Many courses would involve more job-related studies. They would also provide a bridge between universities and further-education colleges, where the Government expects most of the growth in student places to occur. Entry standard is one "A"-level or the vocational equivalent.