South Devon College

BA (Hons) Leadership and Management

Everything at University Centre South Devon (UCSD) is designed to maximise your employability and future career opportunities. Courses are created with local employers to ensure you learn industry-relevant skills and are delivered in small classes with regular one-to-one support, covering a range of study skills – it’s no wonder we’re recognised as a leading institution in the National Student Survey.

In 2017 UCSD was awarded ‘Gold’, the highest level possible, by the Teaching Excellence Framework which recognises outstanding teaching within our university-level curriculum.

Course details

  • Course overview
  • Core modules
    • SOUD3030 Leadership and Management Concepts

      This module provides an overview of the role of leadership and management within organisations and the differences between the two concepts. The relationship to a range of processes at individual, team, organisational and national levels will be explored; adopting multiple perspectives, and highlighting key leadership skills including communication.

    • SOUD3031 Operational Decision Making

      Operational performance is imperative for continued success of organisations. This module looks at data management and effective decision making to support employee engagement and provide a motivational environment thus maximising effort.

    • SOUD3032 Corporate Strategy in Action

      This module draws from concepts of strategy in order to analyse real-world concepts, important for leadership and management decision making. It will explore both the theories and models of strategy, utilising the analytical tools of PESTLE and SWOT and their significance in supporting a business¿s corporate strategy.

    Optional modules
    • SOUD3033 Professional Practice

      This module enables students to make use of reflective practice to experience and critically analyse workplace environments and explore real life leadership and management issues.

    • SOUD3034 Digital Innovation

      Successful organisations are investigated to understand how their visionary approach, embedding innovation, e-business practices, satisfies changing markets and ensures future sustainability and success.

    • SOUD3035 Managing Service Innovation

      In this module you will explore themes surrounding service innovation and developments. Students will take a central role in leading seminar discussions with focus on emerging innovation developments.

    • SOUD3036 Global Health Protection

      The module introduces students to key aspects of Health Protection in order to be able to analyse and plan for threats to the health of people on a Global, National and Local Level.

    • SOUD3037 Effective Leadership in Education

      This module will enable students to broaden their knowledge of leadership and management in the further education sector, exploring the wider professional practice of the leader or manager at a contemporary college, providing an opportunity to review current theory in educational leadership and relate this to practice.

    • SOUD3038 Marketing Planning and Stakeholder Management

      This module is about understanding the role of marketing in researching, anticipating and satisfying the customers¿ expectations in a profitable manner. Knowing the organisations, current market position and planning for widening markets to increase the longevity of the business. It also looks deeper into the need for effective stakeholder management.

    • SOUD3039 Extended Professional Practice

      Combined with SOUD3033, this module will enable students to experience workplace environments and explore real life leadership and management business issues in greater depth. This module enables students to make use of reflective practice to experience and critically analyse workplace environments and explore real life leadership and management issues.

    • SOUD3040 Contemporary Human Resource Management

      The module develops your knowledge of current issues within HRM from an academic perspective. Critically considering how HRM can support organisations in achieving their strategic objectives in a rapidly evolving 21st century business landscape.

    • SOUD3041 Delivering Change

      The module develops student knowledge of change delivery practice. Using a range of theories and change management tools the module allows students to explore and critically evaluate the challenge of managing the change process, and building employee change resilience.

    • SOUD3042 People, Planet and Profit: Ethical Leadership

      The module develops student knowledge of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the ethics of leadership. Using a range of theory, discussion scenarios and case studies the module allows students to analyse and critically evaluate organisational responses to changing environmental and social norms.

    • SOUD3043 Current Issues in Leadership & Management

      This module explores the many issues faced in modern leadership & management, and will identify many of the issues facing modern business management in operating in this post-recessional environment. By its nature the content of the module will change each year, as issues change, new understandings emerge and different perspectives apply. The module will debate current issues critically, analytically and theoretically, whilst considering implications for practice.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Our partnership with South Devon College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with South Devon College

At the heart of the sunny English Riviera, we’re an award-winning Beacon status college. Add to that our ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted (in 2009), modern facilities and our larger-than-life Students’ Union, and you’re left with the perfect environment.

Find out more about studying at South Devon College