A Guide to Higher Education

What is an HEI?
An HEI is a Higher Education Institution. HEIs include Universities, Colleges and various Schools (like Medical, Art, Architecture etc.)

What is a Foundation Degree?
Foundation degrees are available in vocational subjects. They are designed to allow students to have a mix of academic study and work related learning. Many people employed in an occupational area take up the opportunity to study a foundation degree. They may take 2 years if studied full time or 3-4 years if studied either part time or on distance learning. Successful completion opens up a range of options from working towards professional qualifications to completing a full honours degree in a shorter period.

What is a Degree Foundation or Year 0?
Degree foundations are full or part-time courses that allow students to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to move on to the first year of a degree or HND. As they are studied prior to the first year, they are sometimes called Year 0. People without maths and science A-levels can still undertake degree courses in these areas by taking a foundation year. Generally, the entry requirements for these courses are much less specific in terms of subjects and are often lower in terms of tariff points or grades as well. However, your motivation towards the subject will be very important. Foundation courses for medical, dental and veterinary courses also exist but entry tends to be extremely competitive. If you have not studied the correct subjects for your preferred course area, investigate these foundation courses.

What is a Campus?
Campus Universities are concentrated into one (or maybe a few) largish areas which are self-contained. The Campus often includes teaching and research facilities, sports and entertainment facilities, libraries and accommodation. They don’t have to be isolated in countryside, but a number are. Living on campus means that you are unlikely to come across anyone not associated with the University unless you travel off-campus.