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Foundation Degrees are a key part of the government’s strategy to increase the proportion of the working population holding a Level 4 or 5 qualification. Foundation Degrees are vocationally-based qualifications designed to integrate academic study and work-based learning. They are designed for those who are, or who wish to be, working at the higher technical or associate professional level. Foundation degrees can form part of a Higher Apprenticeship.

Every Foundation Degree includes study skills and work related learning which provide students with an outstanding opportunity to present themselves to an employer and to learn the most up-to-date business or sector methods. A great head start for job hunting at the end of your studies.

We offer the following Foundation Degrees:

Our high-quality Foundation Degrees, which are offered in partnership with Plymouth University, are delivered locally to be affordable and to minimise travel and time costs. Our tuition fees are substantially lower than those charged by most universities for the first two years of study.

Foundation Degrees can be studied in the following ways.

  • Full-time - two days at college each week for two years.
  • Part-time - module by module (3 hours each week for 10 weeks) for four years.
  • Flexibly - module by module at your own pace.

Depending on the number of modules studied, students may gain a Short Course Certificate or a Certificate of Professional Development (CPD) from Plymouth University.



We are delighted to announce that from September 2014 (subject to approval) students who successfully complete the FdA History, Heritage and Archaeology Foundation Degree will have the opportunity to top-up their qualification to a BA (Hons) Degree at Strode College.


How to Apply

For all Foundation Degrees and HNDs, 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.


International Students

We welcome enquiries from international students, please contact Admissions for more information.


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