A Foundation degree is an intermediate, work-related higher education qualification which combines academic and work-related learning. It is broadly equivalent to a HND/HNC qualification and can be studied in a wide range of subject areas. The Foundation degree focuses on employability. A person will learn the technical skills and academic knowledge which will transfer easily into the workplace. In Northern Ireland, Foundation degrees are developed and delivered in a partnership, involving one of the Northern Ireland universities or the Open University, a Further Education college and employers.