Strode College

FdSc Psychology

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 Plymouth University commenced in 2006.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Successful Study for Degree Level Psychology (STRO1101)

      This module is designed to help students successfully make the transition to degree level study, specifically developing resilience. Students will learn written and oral communication skills as well as referencing skills. They will be introduced to researching and using journals.

    • Introductory Psychology: Research Methods, History and Philosophies of Psychology (STRO1102)

      This module will introduce the subject of Psychology and its historical and philosophical groundings. Students will learn about the different perspectives and approaches in Psychology, the various issues and debates within the subject, ethical issues according to BPS guidelines and the development of the subject as a scientific discipline.

    • Developmental Psychology and Psychology of Learning (STRO1103)

      This module introduces students to the major themes and theoretical approaches in Developmental Psychology. The module also introduces the basic concepts of learning and how these shape peoples lives and experiences.

    • Biological and Cognitive Psychology (STRO1105)

      This module is an introduction to cognitive psychology and biopsychology. It introduces the key concepts and findings and methodologies. The cognitive component covers core areas including: attention, memory, perception and language. The biological component covers core areas including: brain structure and organisation and evolutionary psychology.

    • Introduction to Psychological Research Methods (STRO1107)

      This module is designed to provide an introduction to research methods in psychology. Basic aspects of experimental design and non-experimental research methods are covered as well as an introduction to the use of computer based statistical analysis. This module also provides guidance on writing research reports. 

    • Social Psychology and Individual Difference (STRO1108)

      The social component of this module introduces students to major theoretical perspectives and key psychological studies in explaining human social behaviour. The module also examines theories of individual differences related to personality and intelligence and how instruments for measuring personality and ability are constructed and used. The module also includes the clinical characteristics, aetiology and treatment of psychological disorders. 

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Applied Topics in Health and Positive Psychology (STRO2102)

      Introduction to health psychology, exploring the mind-body connection and considering the topic of stress in depth. Introduction to positive psychology; looking at wellbeing and optimal functioning. Students will have the opportunity to explore theories and research in positive psychology and apply these in their own lives.

    • Contemporary Topics in Biological and Cognitive Psychology (STRO2103)

      This module enables students to extend material covered in year one and develop a greater understanding by encouraging a critical awareness of biological and cognitive psychology and applying the research material to contemporary issues and debates.

    • Contemporary Topics in Developmental Psychology and the Psychology of Learning (STRO2105)

      This module will build on the knowledge acquired in the Level 4 module Developmental psychology and the psychology of learning. Students will deepen their understanding of the theories and methods used in developmental psychology and the psychology of learning and apply it to a range of contemporary issues.

    • Research Methods (STRO2107)

      To consolidate and extend competence in research design by using qualitative techniques and quantitative statistical analysis techniques.

    • Conducting Psychological Research (STRO2108)

      This module will enable students to design and present a research proposal for a piece of independent research. Students will then conduct, analyse and write up this practical project following reporting conventions and subject to ethics approval. Students will draw on their work related learning to reflect on psychological theory and research.

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.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
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.
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