- 11/10/10 - Futures Built on Strong Foundations
Strode College Foundation Degree students recently graduated with excellent results, proving that going to a university is no longer the only way to get a good degree, and that studying locally has real benefits.
The Foundation Degrees are validated by the University of Plymouth, but students study at Strode. They can then go on to study the third year of a Bachelors Degree at University, or they can gain employment at a higher level within an associated field.
By studying locally these students were able to minimise their travel and time costs and were able to fit their studies around their other commitments, such as work and family. They also benefited from much lower tuition fees than the University of Plymouth.
Seven students were awarded Foundation Degrees in History, Heritage and Archaeology. They are all continuing their studies to gain a degree in either History or Archaeology - six at the University of Plymouth, one through the Open University and one at the University of Bristol. They are: Faye Chouings of Glastonbury, Emma Frampton of Ashcott (Distinction), Amanda Hazelwood of Street, Amanda Marlor of Somerton (Distinction), Rachel Napper of Henstridge nr Wincanton, Jake Joy and Henry Rothwell both of Wells.
The seven students who gained Foundation Degrees in Managing Public Sector Services are: Elizabeth Ferrari of Castle Cary, Amy Gould of East Pennard, Kira Hill of Somerton, Daniel Markey of Street, Jethro Norman of South Petherton, Adam Rowland of Yeovil and Lloyd Witcombe of Walton.
Andy Pickering, Programme Manager for History, Heritage and Archaeology said: "I am delighted by the successful outcomes for our first group of degree students. The course kept them busy but their hard work has paid off. The fact that all the teaching took place across just two days each week helped them manage their studies in the context of their very busy lives. Everyone in the group are now friends and I'm sure they will stay in touch in the
future. We will certainly miss seeing them in college but, equally, we are very proud to have played our part in helping them on their way to further academic success in our partner institutions."
Deen Najubudeen, Programme Manager for Public Services said: "The sheer determination and hard work of the students has paid off and they are now the proud recipients of Foundation Degrees. This will pave the way for a wide range of career opportunities in the public services sector or for progression to higher education in associated fields. It is notable that the external examiner for this course reported that it is a 'well-taught, stimulating and engaging programme'."
Foundation degrees are vocationally-based qualifications designed to integrate academic study and work-based learning. They can be studied over two years with two full days at College each week or more flexibly on a part-time basis. Strode offers Foundation Degrees in History, Heritage and Archaeology, Managing Public Sector Services and E-Business Technologies.
Photo: History, Heritage and Archaeology graduates (left to right) Faye Chouings, Henry Rothwell, Amanda Hazelwood, Jake Joy, Amanda Marlor, Rachel Napper, Emma Frampton with Course Manager Andy Pickering.