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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 an entry route to international university courses or progression route to Level 4 programmes. This pre-university bridging qualification is designed to give students a path to enter overseas universities. It is to ensure that every student has knowledge of study skills, math, computers, society, culture and so on. Successful completion of this qualification will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to adapt to rapid 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.

Registration Details


OTHM Level 3 Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies



Accreditation Category:

Approved Foreign Further Education Programme

Total Credit Value:

120 UK credits / 60 ECTS credits

Level EQF / MQF

Level 4


1 Year


January, April, July, October



Course Fee


Registration Fee


*Students must deposit €250 plus full tuiton fee in advance and must provide payment receipt their local Embassy for visa purpose.

Awarding Body Fee


Minimum Age: 18  years

Minimum Qualification: HSC, GCSE, grade 12, F.A or equivalent  

English Proficiency: If you are not English speaking country you must provide minimum IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

OTHM qualifications at RQF Level 3 (EQF/MQF Level 4) represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competences that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to GCE AS/A Levels.

The OTHM Level 3 Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies consists of 6 mandatory units for a combined total of 120 UK credits / 60 ECTS credits, 1200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 600 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

Mandatory units

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 face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance and online learning.

Delivery Centre

SBM, 95, St. Georges Beach Complex, St. Georges Road, St. Julian’s Malta


All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre 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. 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 OTHM Level 3 Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies provides learners the opportunity for academic progressions to a wide range of undergraduate programmes including OTHM Level 4 diplomas. For more information visit University Progressions page in this website.

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