FdA Project Management

Welcome to Petroc, one of the largest colleges in Devon, awarded 'Silver' from the Teaching Excellence Framework (July 2017) and rated 'Good with Outstanding Features' by Ofsted (November 2015). Petroc is the South West Regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Centre, recognised by the award of a Skills for Health Quality Mark, and plays a key part in the economic, cultural and social development of the county’s rural communities. We offer around 40 degree-level courses from foundation to BA (Hons) level across our three campus sites, making a 'degree on your doorstep' a possibility for hundreds of successful graduates to date.

We have strong links with local employers - so you can gain invaluable, hands-on experience during your degree-level studies. Based at our North Devon, Mid Devon, or at our dedicated University Centre at the Brannams campus, our award-winning courses offer small group sizes, workable and flexible study options, and represent outstanding value. And, when you’re ready to move on, you have a degree from the University of Plymouth – one of the top three modern universities in the UK, as ranked by the Sunday Times University Guide 2017

Visit our Petroc website to find out more, watch our course videos, read case studies of our successful alumni or apply directly for a guaranteed interview.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • PETR1004 Organisational Behaviour

      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.

    • PETR1006 Developing Graduate Skills in Business

      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.

    • PETR1007 The Principles of Project Management

      This module aims to develop a knowledge of project management. Enabling students to recognise the importance of the discipline in a variety of organisational and functional contexts. Students will develop knowledge of the concepts employed in project management at strategic systems and operational levels, and an appreciation of the knowledge and skills required for successful project management in organisations.

    • PETR1008 Project Tools and Techniques

      This module aims to provide steudents with an insight into the underying principles of project management tools and techniques used within organisations. By introducing students to key concepts and techniques related to project planning, scheduling and resourcing, and to requirements, risk and quality management, the module lays the foundation for future contribution from initiation through to successful completion.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • PETR1009 Project Software

      This module aims to provide an understanding of how project software relates to the discipline of project management and to show how to use software to design, plan and track project resources and schedules. Students will also be able to understand the effectiveness and limitations of using software in project management and enhance individual effectiveness in using project software.

    • PETR1010 Finance for Projects

      The module introduces students to key aspects of financial and management accountingin order to be able to use financial information for project management decision making purposes. Students will be expected to construct financial statements, analyse the accounting regulatory process and analyse the financial performance of a business using ratio analysis, budgeting and investment appraisal.

    • PETR2003 Sustainability In Business

      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.

    • PETR2052 Human Resource Management

      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.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • PETR2006 Conflict Management

      This module will help students explore the concept and experience of conflict through theories and their own lived experience. Students will explore a range of approaches for engaging with conflict at an interpersonal, team and organisational level.

    • PETR2007 Business Improvement Project

      This module allows learners to conduct a work based management project to embed and apply the learning from a range of business/management related disciplines. The content of the module will include the key research methods required to undertake a significant work based project.

    • PETR2054 Corporate Strategy and Risk

      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.

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

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

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.

Find out more about studying at Petroc