Strode College

FdA Contemporary Business

Consistently beating the national average with our results, you’ll also enjoy the newest technology and specialist equipment in your studies at Strode. We’ve invested over £12 million in our facilities, after all. Our partnership with the University of Plymouth commenced in 2006.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Organisational Behaviour and Change (STRO1031)

      The module introduces and defines the concept of organisational behaviour, reflecting upon its origins, developments and applications in contemporary business and enterprise. Within an interconnected world, understanding the fundamentals of organisational behaviour is key to embedding good practice within the workplace, influencing motivation, behaviour and performance.

    • Contemporary Business Environment (STRO1032)

      Students study the diverse contexts of contemporary business, embracing local, national and global case studies. Theoretical models, techniques and perspectives are explored promoting understanding and analysis of organisations and environments. Students examine the influence of micro and macro factors: global events, societal change, ethical, legislative and legal frameworks and technological impacts.

    • Marketing Principles and Practice (STRO1033)

      This module introduces the concepts that underpin marketing as both a business philosophy and a functional activity. It considers how these concepts are applied in contemporary business and social enterprise, considering traditional and digital approaches adopted by local, national and global business. Students will evaluate the effectiveness of established campaigns and make professional recommendations for improvement.

    • Financial Interpretation for Business (STRO1034)

      This module develops an understanding of the main sources of finance available to organisation and the importance of financial planning and budgeting including an understanding of financial indicators. It offers an introduction to the basic principles of economics and finance.

    • Introduction to Research Methods (STRO1035)

      This module provides students with the knowledge and skills required to carry out an academic or applied research project within an area of individual interest. The module begins by establishing the value and importance of research within a business context, identifying how organisations may conduct or commission specific research to advance industry insight and support business sustainability.

    • Professional Business Practice (STRO1036)

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferrable skills necessary for relevant employment, requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theories and principles.

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 Strode 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 Strode College to apply for this course:

Strode College
Church Road 
BA16 0AB

Tel: +441458844400

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 Strode College

Want to be part of a modern and thriving campus? Located in Street, central Somerset, we’ve specifically developed our foundation degree courses with support and advice from a wide range of local employers.
Plymouth students working on a group project