South Devon College

FdA Business and Management

Everything at University Centre South Devon (UCSD) is designed to maximise your employability and future career opportunities. Courses are created with local employers to ensure you learn industry-relevant skills and are delivered in small classes with regular one-to-one support, covering a range of study skills – it’s no wonder we’re recognised as a leading institution in the National Student Survey.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Developing Research and Practice (SOUD1542)

      The module will prepare a foundation for learning at degree level that can be applied throughout their programme and contribute to further study. This module will enable students to demonstrate their qualities and transferable skills which are necessary for employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate professional practice to underlying theory and principles

    • Organisational Behaviour (SOUD1543)

      Organisational Behaviour is concerned with understanding how humans think, act, and react in the workplace. This module introduces students to the study of the behaviour of individuals and groups within an organisational context and explores how that behaviour influences, and is influenced by, the culture and structure of an organisation and how it affects performance

    • Business Finance and Economics (SOUD1544)

      Finances in business are monitored to ensure there are enough funds to operate and that they are spending and investing wisely. This module will teach you how to keep a business operating smoothly without running out of cash while also navigating the often-turbulent economy and the role the government has in it. This module will help you understand these consequences the wider economy can have on day-to-day business operations

    • Marketing and Innovation (SOUD1559)

      Marketing has a core function, and this module will introduce the students to the key principles of marketing and their application. It will enable students to understand how creating an integrated approach, customer value and relationship, allows business to gain a competitive edge in the modern business environment.

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Human Resource Management (SOUD1546)

      Human resource management (HRM) is about how people are employed, managed, and developed in organizations. HRM is delivered by means of the HR system, which operates within the framework provided by the HR architecture. This module will consider current developments in the management of human resources in modern organisations operating within complex environments

    • Principles of Management (SOUD1547)

      An effective manager will possess a wide range of skills and knowledge that supports them in their role daily. This module will provide learners with the key concepts, theories, and models from a diverse range of management topics that will support them in their development as practicing managers or in transitioning to a management position in the future

    • Green and Sustainable Business (SOUD2503)

      Sustainability challenges are shaping the way business operates in the 21st century. Businesses are under increasing pressure from multiple stakeholders to manage their impacts with clear responsibility and sustainable propositions to drive competitive advantage. By its nature, the content of the module will change each year, as issues change, new understandings emerge, and different perspectives apply

    • Managing Change (SOUD2504)

      Change is a necessity for survival. This module considers the importance of change management and how it can be achieved and sustained. You will examine how change affects organisations and the individuals who work within them

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Operations and Logistics Management (SOUD2501)

      Operations Management embraces the tasks, responsibilities and decisions that transform inputs (such as materials, people, energy, and information) into outputs (services and products) and is central to what an organisation does. The operations function has a core role in how efficient and effective an organisation is and how well it meets its short- and long-term objectives. This module will consider what operations managers do, how they do it and why it’s so important

    • Business Decision Making and Strategy (SOUD2502)

      It is vital that businesses can make informed decisions from relevant information that lead to a sustainable competitive advantage. This module will include the analyses necessary to provide managers with accurate information for decision making. During this module you will be introduced to strategy and the practical application of a strategy before examining a project framework that can be used to implement these decisions

    • Research Project (SOUD2505)

      Research is widely regarded as a key feature of academic study. This module will enable you to undertake a research study of your choice within the parameters of your individual pathway, giving you the opportunity to investigate an area that is of particular interest to you, or one that you would like to explore to further develop your knowledge and understanding.

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 South Devon College

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 South Devon College to apply for this course:

South Devon College
Vantage Point
Long Road

Tel: +448000380123

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 South Devon College

At the heart of the sunny English Riviera, we’re an award-winning Beacon status college. Add to that our ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted (in 2009), modern facilities and our larger-than-life Students’ Union, and you’re left with the perfect environment.
Plymouth students working on a group project