E-Business Technologies FdSc


The e-business or e-commerce sector continues to be the fastest growing economic sector worldwide and its effects are visible on every local high street. The ability of high-tech, e-business to locate anywhere is a significant factor and has led to a growth in such companies within Somerset.

This Foundation Degree has been developed in consultation with higher education providers and local and national employers to provide education and training of computing technologists and e-business analysts. The course will appeal to those who are employed or wish to be employed in a wide variety of computing and e-business roles, such as business systems developer, network administrator, software developer or a technical support role.


Course content

The following modules will be studied over the two years of the course.

Milo repairing computerLevel 4:

  • Computer Systems and Networking Fundamentals
  • Introduction to E-Business
  • E-Marketing
  • Website Development and Production
  • Data Analysis and Design
  • Professional Practice

Level 5:

  • Project Management
  • Advanced Web Programming
  • Transactional Database Systems
  • Networking Infrastructure
  • Software Development Project
  • Supply Chain Management for E-Business


Employer support

Work placements are an integral part of this course. Previous placements have been at FootShop Ltd, Clarks, Ergonet and Benchmark Software.



You will be assessed using various methods which may include formal reports, practical observations, examinations, case studies or work-based assessments.



Programme Manager:

  • Steve Mansbridge MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE

Module Leaders:

  • Dylan Whittingham MSc IT, BA (Hons), PGCE
  • David Howarth BSc (Hons), PGCE
  • Deen Najubudeen LLM, LLB (Hons) (London)
  • Geoff Rowland MA, BA (Hons), PGCE


Entry requirements

At aged 18, the usual entry point requirement is 180 UCAS points. As a guide a typical offer would be: Extended/National Diploma (merit, merit, pass or above); AS and/or A Levels for example, one AS grade C plus two A Levels grade B and C or above. However experience and other qualifications will be taken into consideration. Please discuss with the Programme Manager.

Age 25 plus entry is considered on an individual basis with the Programme Manager based on experience, enthusiasm and other evidence of aptitude.

All applicants will have a personal interview.


How to Apply

For all Degrees, HNDs and HNCs, full or part time, apply directly to Strode College. Please either apply online or complete the application form in the Higher Education Prospectus.

Applications for Higher Education courses at Strode College are accepted throughout the year.

Conditional or unconditional offers will be made subject to appropriate qualifications and or experience, successful interview and a relevant academic or vocational reference.

If you are offered a place you should accept within three weeks of an offer being made.



2014-2015 HE Term Dates

The Higher Education term dates for 2014-15 are:

  • w/c 15 September 2014 - w/e 19 December 2014
  • w/c 5 January 2015 - w/e 27 March 2015
  • w/c 13 April 2015 - w/e19 June 2015



Successful completion of the Foundation Degree can lead to a final year through the approved route to the BSc (Hons) Computing Degree at Plymouth University. Computing, Computer Science, Multimedia and Business Degrees are available at other universities. Please note there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability.

For more information about the course, staff, approach and key data see the Higher Education section of our website at www.strode-college.ac.uk.


Student Profile

Milo Mansell


Key Facts

Strode code: BH4EBH
Level: HE Level 5
Award: FdSc
Awarding body: Plymouth University
Length: 2 or 4 years or modular
Tuition fee: £6,500 per year (2 years), £3,250 per year (4 years)