Foundation Degrees

A foundation degree is a university level course that will lead to a foundation degree qualification of FdA or FdSc. You will study alongside UK students in the supportive environment of Sussex Downs College. Successful candidates will have the option to apply for a one year top-up honours degree, to gain a BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons). You can study a top-up honours degree in  Digital Media Design or Music Production and Creative Recording at Sussex Downs College. Alternatively, you can apply for a relevant top-up honours degree at the University of Brighton or at another British university.

We offer a wide range of courses that are relevant to the modern global workplace, giving you comprehensive practical and theoretical training for your chosen career. Many foundation degrees have work placements as part of the course.

All Sussex Downs College foundation degrees are validated by the University of Brighton. This means that you will have access to many sources of support and facilities both at the college and university to help you succeed.

To find out more about Foundation Degrees offered by Sussex Downs College please click here.

What can you study?

Business (E) UCAS course code N100

If you’re an entrepreneur interested in making your business work or looking to contribute to your current or future company’s success as an employee then this course is for you. Experience in business is not essential but a determination to learn and apply your learning to real business is vital.

The areas of study cover key aspects of business from understanding organisation structure and culture and managing people, to finance and starting a small business. With modules on marketing, accounting and law, you’ll get the skills to make a difference in gaining employment and developing opportunities.

Click here to find out more about this course.


 Complementary Healthcare (L) UCAS course code B340

Complementary healthcare encompasses a wide range of practices including reflexology, aromatherapy and therapeutic massage. This foundation degree aims to produce informed and skilled complementary healthcare practitioners. The practical skills that you develop will be supported by a comprehensive theoretical knowledge of each therapy.Click here to find out more about this course.


Digital Media Design (L) UCAS course code W212 (Foundation Degree)

Digital Media Design (L) UCAS course code W214 (BA (Hons) Top-up)

Digital sound, video, animation as well as multi-media design are studied on this course. With a focus on interactive design, digital image creation and manipulation this course aims to give you the conceptual, technical, analytical and design skills required by the industry. Click here to find out more about this course.


Music Production and Creative Recording (E) UCAS course code W300 (Foundation Degree)

Music Production and Creative Recording (E) UCAS course code W301 (BA Hons Top-Up)

Preparing you for a career in the music industry this programme will develop your recording, music technology, song-writing and composition skills, as well as your performance and music production skills. Click here to find out more about this course.



Sports Coaching and Development (E) UCAS course code CX61

Aimed at students looking to start a career in sports coaching, you will study anatomy, physiology, fitness and training as well as nutrition for sports performance and coaching. Work placements are an important part of this course. Click here to find out more.



Course Details

Year one and two: (foundation degree) study at Sussex Downs College for the first two years
Year three: Successful candidates may apply for a further one year top-up honours degree to gain their BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons)
Study alongside UK students
Study in a supportive college environment entry requirements
You must be at least 18 years old
Level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (Academic) with 6.0 in writing
Successful completion of Senior Secondary School, A Levels or a Foundation course
You must have a strong and demonstrable interest in your chosen subject area



Entry requirements

Applications must be made via UCAS at  or telephone +44 330 333 0230 (outside the UK) or 0871 468 0 468 (within the UK). Please refer to the Sussex Downs College application form for further details. On your application form please select (L) for Lewes campus and (E) for Eastbourne campus. The UCAS code is (BRITN) B72

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