Many university courses are 3-year courses awarding a BA Honours degree. However, the FdA is awarded after 2 years of university-level study. After an FdA course, you can study for an optional 3rd year, normally called a BA 'top-up' course, to achieve a BA Honours degree.
FdA stands for Foundation Degree. However, this should not be confused with a 1-year pre-university Foundation Diploma course. The Foundation Degree is a university-level qualification, equivalent level to the first two years of a traditional BA Honours degree course.
Foundation Degrees were introduced by the UK Government in 2001 in order to offer qualifications which are relevant to modern employment. They were developed with help from industry and they often involve more practical work than many honours degree courses. Many thousands of students in the UK have studied Foundation Degrees and they are well regarded by employers.
Entry requirements can vary, with universities and colleges each setting their own criteria. They can be similar to the entry requirements for honours degrees, except that they are flexible for people who have relevant work experience or training (which can be taken into account instead of formal qualifications).
Northbrook's Foundation Degrees are offered as full-time courses. You may have read about the part-time versions offered by many other institutions, which are studied alongside related employment (comparable to apprenticeships). As Northbrook’s Foundation Degrees are full time, students are not expected to be in employment during their studies.