FdA Business

Petroc is one of the largest colleges in Devon and is committed to driving forward educational success in further and higher education. 

We are passionate about raising the aspirations, knowledge and skills of individuals, and year after year our students produce exceptional results, enabling them to progress further in training or employment. 

Petroc has been delivering a range of degree-level courses for over 30 years and is proud to be able to provide a wide variety of programmes (from HNCs and Foundation Degrees to Higher Apprenticeships and Honours Degrees) in subject areas including education, computing, science, engineering, and health and care. 

Petroc has three campuses situated across North and Mid Devon with modern and stimulating learning environments. We also offer small classes, extensive student support and exceptional links to local industry. 

Visit the Petroc website to find out how we can help you go further in life.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Organisational Behaviour (PETR1004)

      This module considers how organisational behaviour and attitude influences the behaviour of individuals and groups at work. The module will use a range of theories and managerial approaches to analyse and explain human behaviour at work.

    • Marketing Fundamentals (PETR1005)

      The module introduces new marketing students to the fascinating world of modern marketing. It will analyse the major trends and forces impacting marketing and focus on how customer value and engagement is created in the digital and social age.

    • Economics for Business (PETR1085)

      The module introduces students to the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics in a regional, national and global context. Students will be expected to analyse the impact of supply and demand, identify a range of market structures and discuss a range of macroeconomic variables that impact upon the UK and global markets.

    • Developing Graduate Skills in Business (PETR1083)

      The module seeks to encourage enthusiasm for life-long learning; and to facilitate productive reflection on previous learning experiences and future plans. The module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skills necessary to produce appropriate academic work and for future employment 

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Law for Business (PETR1003)

    • Sustainability In Business (PETR2003)

      This module will provide students with an introduction into sustainability in a business context. Students will study the concepts of environmental, economic and social sustainability and how this benefits businesses and consumers. The module will make use of case students to highlight how this has been successfully achieved, and also highlight the impacts of businesses not abiding by these principles.

    • Human Resource Management (PETR2052)

      This module will provide learners with the principals and theories of human resource management. The module will focus on the employer need for a flexible workforce and the importance of training and staff development.

    • Business Accounting (PETR1084)

      The module introduces students to the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics in a regional, national and global context. Students will be expected to analyse the impact of supply and demand, identify a range of market structures and discuss a range of macroeconomic variables that impact upon the UK and global markets. 

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Enterprise and Innovation (PETR2004)

      The focus of this module is the generic skills required when starting up a business, including the development of innovation in organisations. The module will cover a range of business start-upconcerns from initial business ideas to legal requirement. The module examines characteristics of an innovative organisation and contextualises strategic options, including the cultural shift from operational to strategic thinking.

    • Research Methods (PETR2053)

      The module introduces students to the formal methods of advanced research, and allows the completion of a research project. The principals of research covered in this module will adequately prepare students for level 6 dissertation work.

    • Corporate Strategy and Risk (PETR2054)

      This module introduces the theory and practice of strategic planning. It explores the nature of business strategy and policy-making aimed at attaining and sustaining a competitive advantage. The interrelationships between functions and the total value system will be scrutinised. Emphasis is placed on the application of a range of planning models and reflection upon the development of graduate skills in the workplace.

    Optional modules

    • Financial Management (PETR2013)

      This module is designed to develop an understanding of the sources of finance and costing information required by a business and the issues facing managers when making decisions regarding financial resources. Students will be expected to evaluate the role of the stock exchange in the provision of finance and analyse investment appraisal techniques when investing in capital expenditure.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with Petroc

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Please contact Petroc to apply for this course:

Old Sticklepath Hill
EX31 2BQ

Tel: +441271345291

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Petroc

With main campuses in Barnstaple, Tiverton and Brannams, if you decide to study at the combined college, you’ll be able to take advantage of increased resources and the plethora of learning opportunities associated with them.
Plymouth students working on a group project