The Alliance of Sector Skills Councils

Foundation degrees for building services engineering

Employers want education that offers flexibility for their staff to participate with minimal disruption to their work and that delivers knowledge and skills that are relevant and up-to-date.  Qualifications and recognition through membership of an appropriate professional institution are important to some employers and individuals.  Foundation Degrees (FDs) can offer all these things. 

FDs are vocationally related qualifications with work-based elements that are broadly equivalent to the first two years of a degree (slightly higher than HND) and recognised as qualifications in their own right.  For those who want an honours degree and/or professional institution membership it may be possible to ‘top up’ from appropriate FDs to achieve a full honours degree or incorporated engineer status.

Click here for guidance on recognition of a Higher National Certificate towards a BSE Foundation degree.

Community of Practice

SummitSkills has set up a Community of Practice for universities and colleges that award, deliver or are developing building services engineering (BSE) Foundation degrees (Fd).  The Community of Practice seeks to utilise and share expertise for the benefit of its members and the wider higher education and BSE communities through:

  • developing strategies for incorporating work-based learning and employer engagement
  • working together to tackle common issues and potential barriers to successfully deliver Fds 
  • identifying and promoting Fds that meet employers’ needs
  • developing and sharing of learning and assessment materials
  • contributing to future reviews of the BSE Fd framework specification
  • exploring ways of maximising opportunities for progression into and beyond Fds

If you are interested in joining the Community of Practice please email Catherine Elliott at SummitSkills. 

Want to know more?

If you have any questions about the framework specification, please email Catherine Elliott at SummitSkills.

If you are involved in developing, or looking to develop, a building services engineering Foundation degree please contact the SummitSkills operations manager with responsibility for your area.

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