Foundation degrees and widening participation: earning, learning and public sector modernisation

O'Doherty, EN and Doyle, M 2006, 'Foundation degrees and widening participation: earning, learning and public sector modernisation' , Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 8 (1) , pp. 4-13.

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Who is studying on Foundation Degrees? On which subjects do students enrol? What does the profile of enrolment 2003-05 indicate about work-based or work-focused Foundation Degrees? This article maps out the profile of Foundation Degrees at UK national, regional and sub-regional levels. Despite difficulties with the data and the differences in regional economies, an emergent national profile can be discerned. This national profile indicates a high percentage of women in employment enrolled on the qualification which is reflective of the support of the public sector in the development of the qualification. The article indicates the role of government itself, as the largest employer, and the functioning of Public Service Agreements for the strong development of part-time work-based Foundation Degrees. In this form the Foundation Degree has, in part, been an aspect of the policy of modernisation which has facilitated the development of the qualification. There are tensions in public sector Foundation Degrees. Nevertheless, they have widened participation in higher education in the sub-region of Greater Manchester, especially those developed in the public sector. They have provided the opportunity for those in work to study at a higher level and such work-based learning has brought benefits to the individuals.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > No Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning
Publisher: Open University Press
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 14666529
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2009 15:58
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 22:05

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