Here in Wales we have the only two library and information studies foundation degrees in the whole of the UK. Both are run through distance/open learning styles, so people from outside Wales can also benefit from this qualification. They both take two years, and, if you are working in a library in Wales, you are probably eligible for a bursary from CyMAL (Welsh Government) for one of these two years, which will help towards the course fees.
Registration and intakes are usually in September, so if you’re interested in them, contact the two course providers now:
If you’re wondering where the foundation degree fits in with other qualifications, it’s equivalent to the first year of university. In Wales, someone can take library qualifications from Level 2 and 3 (new versions of NVQs), to level 4 which is the foundation degree, and beyond to BSc degree, PDA in Applications in ICT in Libraries, and Masters courses. You can convert the two year foundation degree into a BSc degree with a third year at Glyndwr University.
So, if you’re thinking about improving your library qualifications, have a look at what is available.