Course Details


Level 3 Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies

Higher Education Studies

OTHM Level 3 Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies


The objective of the OTHM Level 3 Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies is to provide learners with a foundation to provide an entry route to UK and international university courses. It is designed to ensure that each learner is equipped with knowledge of study skills, mathematics, computing, society and culture, business and accounting, providing the knowledge and skills to adapt rapidly to change and progress with their learning.


This module is designed to help students develop competence in and awareness of academic English and study skills in preparation for entry to an undergraduate degree programme.

Credits – 20

The aim of this module is to consolidate learners’ knowledge of mathematics and to introduce more topics in the areas of statistical methods and linear algebra. As the business world embraces the use of bigger data in all areas of operation, the mathematical techniques taught in this module will be necessary to aid in the understanding of data, valuable in enhancing future employment prospects.

Credits – 20

This module provides an introduction to computing and the concepts of hardware and its uses. Learners will gain an understanding of data systems and data presentation, key aspects of computer networks and the importance of ethical and legal issues in relation to computing.

Credits – 20

The module introduces students to a variety of contemporary issues related to society and culture, enabling learners to understand social and cultural literacy by developing their knowledge and understanding of societies and cultures.

Credits – 20

This unit will provide learners with knowledge and understanding of how different forms of business ownership operate. It will cover how businesses are run in terms of their form of ownership, the impact of external factors on business success, understanding the different objectives businesses may have, and the key functional areas within a business which enable it to operate effectively.

Credits – 20

This module provides an introduction to the fundamentals of accounting and economics. Learners will gain an understanding of financial reports through their preparation, based on the double-entry bookkeeping system which is essential for the management of any organisation. The unit will also develop learners’ understanding of how economic issues affect choices about resources and markets and how consumers, producers and governments interact in markets nationally and internationally.

Credits – 20

Entry requirements, Fees and Intakes

Entry Point - 16+ years old

Duration - One academic year for full-time study, but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning.

Location - Digital or face to face

Final Award - Level 3 Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies from OTHM.