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Ulster University 

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 Ulster University, who we work in partnership with to deliver various degree and Foundation Degree level courses. Belfast Met students completing a course run in collaboration with Ulster University can become ‘Associate Students’ of the University when they enrol on their course which provides them with a number of benefits e.g. library and sports centre access.

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 Ulster University below:

Student Story - Mark Rushe

I am well on course with my grades to get onto the summer bridging course with Ulster University and start my final year in September." 

Mark lived in Belfast during term time. He chose this Marketing Foundation Degree course as he was keen to work in the sports marketing industry and was attracted to it as there was practical work placement within the course. He has really enjoyed the course and the campus which is very modern and well equipped, and is very accessible with public transport.

Mark recommends all aspects of the course and explains why it fulfilled his expectations, “The lecturers have given 100% to help me during my course and I have felt very well supported. We had some group projects which were really good fun and helped me to get to know the other students in my class better. I had a dedicated tutor for my personal and professional development which has been really key for job searches and will be very useful for when I finish my degree to progress my career.

“I’m currently on a three-month work placement with Ignite Sports Management, a sports marketing agency in Oxford which is giving me great experience in the career I want to follow. I have been asked to continue working past my end date and into the summer with the firm as they have been impressed with my work so far. Even with it being a challenging year, the lecturers have helped me to prepare for my placement and now I am reaping the rewards.”

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.