Building the foundations

Alyson with motar board and gown

Yep, you too can get to wear a silly hat.

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:

Andrew Eynon, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, and course information

Paul Jeorrett, Glyndwr University, and course information on WHELF blog or main website

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.

About alysontyler

Civil servant, yoga teacher and former librarian.
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2 Responses to Building the foundations

  1. Williams, Annette says:

    To late for me as I funded my own studies up to an Ma in lib and info Annette


    • alysontyler says:

      Hi Annette, sorry to hear that, CyMAL bursaries have been available since c.2005/06 for those working in the library sector in Wales. Well done on your qualifications. Alyson

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