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University Level – HNDs and Foundation Degrees

Our jobs market is ‘skills hungry’. The need for a workforce with higher skill
levels is growing and it’s making an impact right across the skills spectrum.

More and more people are upping their skills levels to answer the need. As each level increases their skills to gain next-level qualifications, those on the level below will also want to upskill to fill the gap.

Today, higher skills means those with Levels 4-8 on the qualifications framework. Belfast Met covers this skills spectrum, with Foundation Degrees and Higher National Diplomas across a huge choice of subjects and vocations. Find out more about the Levels of Study

Improve your skills and job prospects

These courses are designed and delivered in partnership between employers/employer organisations and universities, so as a graduate, you will be equipped with the specific skills, be it academic knowledge or technical expertise, that employers are looking for. At the same time you’ll gain a higher education qualification recognised worldwide.

Belfast Met Benefits

  • Cost – Tuition fees are often less than the fees for an Honours degree at university.
  • Work experience – All foundation degrees provide work experience which allows students to put their learning into practice.
  • Route to university – Students who successfully complete a foundation degree or HND are usually offered a guaranteed route to an Honours degree at university.
  • Skills gap – Foundation degrees and HNDs are at level 4 and 5 – the level at which our Northern Ireland skills gap is greatest.
  • Smaller classes – This happens often and enables more one-to-one contact with tutors.

Foundation Degrees 

An example of our Foundation Degrees include:

  • Architectural Technology with Sustainable Design
  • Accounting
  • Biological Sciences
  • Building Services and Renewable Energies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Counselling Studies
  • Event Management 
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Health and Social Care
  • Health, Physical Activity and Sport
  • iMedia
  • International Hospitality Management
  • International Travel and Tourism Management
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Property, Planning and Housing
  • Software Engineering
  • Sustainable Construction


  • Fashion Management
  • Social Work
  • Professional Development in Leadership and Management
  • Over 75% of the 2020 workforce has now already completed their compulsory school education. Many of this workforce will need reskilling or to build on their skills in the near future.