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Innovation, Universities and Skills written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether students eligible for the exemption for foundation degrees in the new funding criteria for equivalent or lower qualification students will continue to be eligible for the exemption should they continue to a bachelor's degree.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State (Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education), Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

Students without a first HE qualification who study a foundation degree and then continue to a bachelor's degree will continue to attract institutional funding.

Students with a first HE qualification will benefit from the exemption while they study for a foundation degree because that is a specific qualification designed for and by employers. But the exemption does not extend to supporting students who already have a first bachelor's degree or higher qualification to take another one an equivalent or lower level in a different subject after having studied a foundation degree unless that subject was strategically important or the bachelor's degree in question was co-funded by employers.

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