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OTHM Level 3 Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (Online)​​​​​​​

OTHM Qualifications     L3 (120 credits)     May , July , Sep , Nov, Jan

Ofqual Qualification Number: 603/3896/9

About this Course
The OTHM Level 3 Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies aims 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.

Successful completion of the Level 3 Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies provides learners with the opportunity to progress to further study or employment.

Entry requirements
OTHM Level 3 qualifications can be offered to learners from age 16. OTHM does not specify entry requirements for this qualification, but learners admitted to the programme must demonstrate sufficient capability at the right level to undertake the learning and assessment criteria.

Brit College seeks to ensure learners are recruited with integrity onto appropriate qualifications that will meet their needs, enable and facilitate learning and achievement enable progression.  The qualification is offered in English, so learners must have an appropriate level of English for entry onto this course.

English requirements:
If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language competency. For more information visit the OTHM English Language Expectations page (

The British Council website ( provides useful information about learning English as a second language, and a list of British Council accredited centres worldwide.

Brit College considers English Language proficiency as a valuable transferrable skill for work and life. We work in partnership with the London Language Foundation, (a British Council accredited centre) to offer our students a range of ESOL courses including IELTS preparation and one-to-one English tuition.

OTHM qualifications at RQF Level 3 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competencies that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to GCE AS/A Levels.

Course structure
The OTHM Level 3 Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies consists of 6 mandatory units for a combined total of 120 credits, 1200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 600 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

Course units

  • Academic English and Study Skills (20 credits)
  • Foundation Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Foundation Computing (20 credits)
  • Society and Culture (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Business (20 credits)
  • Foundation Accounting and Economics (20 credits)

Duration and delivery
The qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year for full-time study, but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning. The qualification is delivered at Brit College through online flexible learning.

Assessment and verification
There are no examinations, learners are required to submit an assignment for assessment for each course unit.

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the College and externally verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. The judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor.

The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at.

Successful completion of the OTHM Level 3 Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies provides learners with the opportunity for academic progressions to a wide range of undergraduate programmes including OTHM Level 4 diplomas.

As the OTHM Level 3 Diploma is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), many universities acknowledge the ability of learners after studying Level 3 Diploma in Business Studies and will consider them for direct entry into a range of their Bachelor's degree programmes. For more information visit University Progressions page in the OTHM website (

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