High Quality Higher Education

We offer a range of university level programmes including a BA (Hons) Degree alongside vocationally based Foundation Degrees, Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) and Certificates (HNCs), higher level professional qualifications and Higher Apprenticeships. We also offer pre-degree courses for those who would like to study at a higher level in the future, but have not gained the relevant qualifications.

As a higher education student at Strode College you will be joining one of the very best providers of university level education in the country. The Higher Education Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) awarded us the best possible rating for our provision in 2012, in particular praising the quality of staff scholarship and support for students.

Graduation 2015

Graduation 2015

Honours Degree

In 2014 we gained approval from Plymouth University to deliver a full Honours Degree in History, Heritage and Archaeology. This is testament to the high-quality teaching enjoyed by our students, and the national standing and expertise of our tutors.

If you successfully complete your Foundation Degree in History, Heritage and Archaeology, you will be able to top-up your qualification to the full Honours Degree at Strode College. Students who have followed similar programmes at other institutions can also join Strode College to complete their studies and obtain an Honours Degree.

Foundation Degrees

Our Foundation Degrees are delivered in partnership with Plymouth University. Many students progress to complete their BA (Hons) Degree at Strode or Plymouth University and they may go on to postgraduate study. Others use this qualification to proceed directly into employment.

Foundation Degrees are vocationally-based qualifications designed to integrate academic study and work-based learning. They provide an outstanding opportunity to present yourself to an employer and to learn the most up-to-date business or sector methods. They are designed for those who are, or who wish to be, working at the higher technical or associate professional level. They are a key part of the government’s strategy to increase the proportion of the working population holding a Level 4 or 5 qualification. They can form part of a Higher Apprenticeship.

Foundation Degrees can be studied full time - two days at college each week for two years, or part-time over four years, depending on the course. You can also study individual modules.

In Partnership with Plymouth University

In Partnership with Plymouth University

In partnership with Plymouth University

Our Degree and Foundation Degrees are delivered in partnership with Plymouth University which is one of the leading universities in the UK. By delivering these high quality courses locally we can help reduce your travel and time costs.

With a mission to advance knowledge and transform lives through education and research, Plymouth University is among the emerging global elite of modern Higher Education institutions. Ranked in the top 300 universities in the world (and the number one post-1992 university in the UK) by Times Higher Education in October 2014, Plymouth is distinguished by its approach to combining world-class research and teaching with a commitment to widening participation and social inclusion.

As a partner college student, you can access online University services, use its library, electronic resources and learning support materials through its web-based student portal (including information and support from its Employability Service), and receive vacancies via its job website.

As a member of its Students’ Union (UPSU) you will have access to sports clubs, societies, the advice service, NUS Extra student discount card, volunteering opportunities, student representation and University sports facilities.

Tuition fees

Please see the Tuition Fees page for more information.

Higher Education and Skills Centre

Higher Education and Skills Centre

Fantastic facilities

In 2014 we opened our brand new Higher Education and Skills Centre. We also have excellent facilities across college and our students enjoy learning in a modern, dynamic and supportive environment. Find out more.


All students who successfully complete a higher education course at Strode will have the opportunity to celebrate their achievements at the Strode College annual Higher Education Graduation Ceremony.