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Queen's University Belfast

Degrees and Foundation Degrees

Belfast Met offers a selection of Higher Education (HE) courses that are closely aligned with industry demand and run in conjunction with top UK education providers.

Our Higher Education partners include Queen’s University Belfast, who we work in partnership with to deliver various  Foundation Degree level courses. Students are enrolled at both the College and Queen’s and have all the main entitlements as other undergraduate students at the university. Students will have a number of benefits such as access to the library and computer centres, and may have membership of the sports facilities, clubs and societies.

Successful graduates have a choice of progression opportunities subject to meeting entry requirements and can apply to enter second or final year at University

All of our HE programmes face the same rigorous external checks and audits as a university programme as we are all assessed by the Quality Assurance Agency. But, as you’ll experience, Higher Education in the College is also fundamentally different – in a good way.

View courses validated by Queen's University below:

Student Story - Paula Downey

Completed Belfast Met’s Access Diploma in History and English Literature 

Paula spent the last fifteen years as a self-employed consultant, assisting employers in identifying and assessing the most suitable candidates for recruitment, and coaching those seeking career progression.

In addition to studying, in 2019 she commenced a five-year plan to enable her to teach English to speakers of other languages and plans to open an affordable-to-all language school in Belfast.

Paula graduated from Belfast Met in 2020 and was awarded a Higher Education Scholarship from Registered Charity Uversity to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at University

Paula is now studying BA Hons English and History at Queen’s University Belfast.

Student Story - Emmet Campbell

I got a D in A-level Chemistry…I got a "First" in my Foundation Degree.

Hear from Emmet Campbell, who completed the first two years of his FD Biological Sciences degree at Belfast Met, and then progressed directly into Year 2 of BSc Microbiology at Queen’s University Belfast.

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.