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The Open University 

Degrees and Foundation Degrees

Belfast Met Higher Education courses run in conjunction with other universities including The Open University.

The Open University has a key partnership with Belfast Met. This partnership is part of The Open University Validation Partnerships (OUVP). Established in 1992, this work enables The Open University to validate courses for Belfast Met.

The Open University is the awarding body and the qualifications awarded are OU qualifications. However, the programmes of study are developed and delivered by Belfast Met.

The formal relationship between Belfast Met and The Open University is governed by the QAA’s UK Quality Code for Higher Education which sets out expectations for academic standards, academic quality and information about higher education provision.

View courses validated by The Open University below:

Foundation Degrees

There are many paths which can lead you to choosing to study a Foundation Degree. Maybe you've just finished school and feel university isn't right for you, or maybe you’re not ready to enter the world of work just yet? Studying a Foundation Degree at Belfast Met could be the perfect path for you!

What is a Foundation Degree?


A Foundation Degree will give you the technical skills and academic knowledge required to progress in the workplace whilst gaining a Higher Education qualification. They are designed and delivered through partnerships between employers and the College. This means that as a graduate you will be equipped with the specific skills that employers are looking for.

Foundation Degrees will have considerably lower fees than a university, and you will also be entitled to a student loan while studying and are an excellent steppingstone to progress onto a full degree programme, as they will help you gain entry into the second year of a related degree course.

Benefits of a Foundation Degree


Cost – Tuition fees are often less than the fees at university.

Work Experience – All Foundation Degrees provide work experience which allows you to put learning into practice.

Route to University – Foundation Degrees are an excellent steppingstone to progress onto a full degree programme, as they will help you gain entry into the second year of a related degree course.

Skills Gap – Foundation Degrees are Level 5 qualifications – the level at which our Northern Ireland skills gap is greatest. Get the skills employer need!

Smaller Classes – More one-to-one contact with tutors.