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Quality Assurance Agency for Higher EducationSouthgate HouseSouthgate StreetGloucester GL1 1UBFoundation Degree qualification benchmarkTel 01452 557000October 2004Fax 01452 557070Email comms@qaa.ac.ukWeb www.qaa.ac.ukQAA 065 10/2004ContentsPreface 1Qualifications benchmarks within the Academic Infrastructure 1Introduction 3What are Foundation Degrees 3The design of Foundation Degree programmes 4Defining characteristics of Foundation Degrees 5Employer involvement 5Accessibility 5Articulation and progression 5Flexibility 7Partnership 7Knowledge, understanding and skills 8Assessment 10Monitoring and review 11Appendix 1 12Acknowledgement 12© Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education 2004ISBN 1 85824 202 8All the Agency's publications are available on our web sitewww.qaa.ac.ukPrinted copies are available from:Linney DirectAdamswayMansfieldNG18 4FNTel 01623 450788Fax 01623 450629Email qaa@linneydirect.comzzzzFoundation Degree qualification benchmark Preface1 Foundation Degrees were introduced by the Department for Educationand Skills (DfES) in 2000 to provide graduates who are needed within thelabour market to address shortages in particular skills. Foundation Degreesalso aim to contribute to widening participation and lifelong learning byencouraging participation by learners who may not previously haveconsidered studying for a higher level qualification. 2 Foundation Degrees are located within the Intermediate level of ...

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