Higher Ambitions We will give priority to growing a diverse range of models of higher education. These include options such as part-time and work-based courses aimed particularly at mature students or those from non-conventional backgrounds…We will also encourage the further expansion of the successful Foundation degree Higher Ambitions: The future of universities in a knowledge economy. BIS (2009)
National growth in Foundation degree student numbers
Regional growth in Foundation degree student numbers
Widening access (Fd entrants) Institution type Age group % full-timers from low participation neighbourhoods % part-timers from low participation neighbourhoods FECYoung Mature 22% 24% 21% 22% HEIYoung Mature 15% 16% 19%
Workplace as learning environment Work as the curriculum Greater flexibility Integration of theory and practice Integration of employability skills with academic skills Transformation of HE?
Flexible delivery Work-based learning Incorporation of NOS/professional standards Supports changes within a sector e.g. development of a multi-professional workforce to support service users Accreditation of in-house training Workforce professionalisation