Strode News

24/05/12 - Strode College Takes Education to a Higher Level
Strode News

Strode College in Street, Somerset, is offering more places on its successful university level Foundation Degree courses from September 2012, and it is extending the range of higher education courses it offers.

This increase in student places follows Strode's successful application to the government to be able to make its popular degree courses available to more local people.  The introduction of new industry focused Higher National Diplomas (HND) will equip people with the knowledge and skills to work in areas of the South West economy that are growing. Other new courses will enable people to update their skills within a particular profession.

From September 2012, people can study the following higher education courses at Strode, either full-time or part-time.

  • E-Business Technologies - Foundation Degree
  • Managing in the Public Sector Services - Foundation Degree
  • History, Heritage and Archaeology - Foundation Degree
  • Art and Design (Creative Crafts) - Higher National Diplomas (HND)
  • Health and Social Care - Higher National Diplomas (HND)
  • Performing Arts (Acting) - Higher National Diplomas (HND)
  • Psychotherapeutic Counselling - Level 5 Diploma
  • Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector - Level 4 and 5 Diploma
  • Higher apprenticeships

Although each course has specific entry requirements they are open to a range of people including young people leaving school or college with A Levels or other Level 3 qualifications such as Extended Diplomas, people with relevant life experience and mature students.   

Strode's full-time Foundation Degrees cost £5,950 a year and they are delivered in partnership with the University of Plymouth.  The average annual fee for a studying a full-time degree in South West Universities is £8,750.

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College, said: "As the cost of higher education rises young people and their parents inevitably become cautious about continuing to study.  However, people who learn at a higher level and develop their professional knowledge and skills do improve their employment prospects. 

"There are many benefits to studying a higher education course at Strode. Our modern, industry focused courses are relevant to growth areas in the regional economy.   We offer high quality, local and affordable higher education with excellent teaching, and our smaller class sizes mean that students get more personal attention and support.  Studying locally means that students can stay at home, save on costs and remain close to their family and friends, and they can also work while they study.

"Studying higher level courses at Strode can help students make a smooth transition from school to higher university level learning, and our results so far show that this approach works.  I'm delighted that we are now able to extend our excellent higher education opportunities to more people in the region and we are looking forward to welcoming them to our college in September."

Students who study a higher education course at Strode have the same access to student loans and LEA grants as university honours degree students.  Foundation Degree students have access to all the services and facilities at Strode's partner, Plymouth University, and when they complete their course they can top-up to a Honours Degree by studying for one year, at Plymouth University, or they can enter the world of employment. 

People who want to find out more about Strode's Higher Education Courses, are invited to an Information Evening on Wednesday 20 June, 6:00 - 8:00pm.  Information and guidance will also be available about finances, careers, how to apply, student support services, college facilities and transport.

Strode new prospectus for Higher Education courses will be available at the end of June but details of courses are available on the college website:

Photo: Second year students from Strode's History, Heritage and Archaeology Foundation Degree showed their final work to first year students this week.