South Devon College

FdA Business 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

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • SOUD1405 Financial Reporting & Accountability

      The module introduces students to key aspects of financial accounting in order to be able to produce and analyse financial information for ethical and sustainable decision making purposes.

    • SOUD1406 Work Based Learning

      This module enables students to experience real working environments and understand practical business issues. This experience will enable students, amongst other things, to contextualise theory in to practice; to further develop key transferable and employability skills and to reflect on own practice.

    • SOUD1407 Marketing Intelligence and Strategy

      This module introduces students to the basic principles of marketing and their application in a real live business context. It is intended to give a broad understanding of marketing considerations in managing and operating business organisation and the development of new strategies.

    • SOUD1408 Economics for Business

      The module introduces students to the national, European and global business environment and considers a range of economic factors that affect decision making. It emphasises the power of market forces in modern capitalism and the need for some government control. The influence of the macroeconomic environment on firms is analysed, the concepts of economic growth and the problems that this may create are analysed.

    • SOUD1409 Digital Business

      This module introduces students to the scope of the digital environment within organisations, exploring internet technologies and how organisations have made use of social media to gain competitive advantage.

    • SOUD1410 Organisational Behaviour

      This module considers how organisation behaviour and attitude can influence the behaviour of individuals and groups at work. The module will use a range of theories and leadership approaches to analyse and explain human behaviour at work including an understanding of cultural issues within organisations.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • SOUD2357 Operations and Logistics Management

      Operations Management is concerned with creating the products and services upon which all organisations depend. Operations Management is at the core of all businesses including manufacturing, retail and the service sector. The study of Operations Management is concerned with the way in which these operations are designed, planned, organised and controlled.

    • SOUD2358 Principles of Business Law

      The module develops understanding in areas of law related to the business environment which have an impact on operations and practice. Key aspects of the English Legal System are covered, including the court structure and sources of law. There is also an emphasis on contract law, negligence, employment and business structures and formation.

    • SOUD2359 People and Performance Management

      This module provides an introduction to the concepts and practices associated to people and performance management. Encouraging performance improvement is integral in establishing quality and maintaining an engaged workforce who take responsibility for their environment and practices.

    • SOUD2360 International Trade and Finance

      This module enables students to identify and evaluate the management accounting and information relevant to decision making and reporting. Students will be able to build upon existing knowledge and develop further their understanding of issues faced by managers when making decisions regarding the international business environment.

    • SOUD2361 Corporate Social Responsibility

      This module explores how modern organisations must be seen to act in an ethical, environmentally sustainable, and socially responsible way to remain competitive. The module will use a range of theories and case studies to analyse and explain changing customer expectations and how successful organisations react to them.

    • SOUD2362 Researching Corporate Strategy

      Students will be introduced to the disciplines and techniques of collecting, analysing and presenting data. It includes the application and understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Students will be introduced to strategy and the practical application of a strategy in different circumstances.

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

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

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