FdA Business - Course overview
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This course is delivered by one of our partner institutions. Please visit their website for course details and the latest information about entry requirements, tuition fees and bursaries. Information about teaching and assessment methods, facilities and support services, the library, computing, social, sports and recreational activities is also available on the College's own website, along with details about accommodation, childcare and open days.

This college is a member of Academic Partnerships network at Plymouth University. This network of learning providers brings the opportunity to local communities across the South West to study for Plymouth University awards.

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Petroc logoFollowing the merger of North Devon and East Devon Colleges, Petroc is the largest college in Devon with the main campuses being Barnstaple, Tiverton and Brannams. It aims to be central to the economic, cultural and social development of Devon’s rural communities. Students studying at the combined college will benefit from an increase in resources and choice of learning opportunities available to them.

Petroc Barnstaple (formerly North Devon College), graded by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ in 2006, has strong links with the community and local employers. College staff are specialists in their own subject areas providing quality guidance and delivery on all courses. On-site facilities include a dedicated HE suite and common room, beauty salons, a theatre and a gymnasium, parking and a crèche.

Located by the river, the Petroc campus in Tiverton has modern and well-resourced facilities following an extensive new build in 2006. The college is expanding its range of HE provision in conjunction with the Barnstaple campus.​

Contact Details

HE Office
Old Sticklepath Hill
Devon EX31 2BQ
Tel: +44 (0)1271 338100
Visit: www.petroc.ac.uk​ 

How to apply

All undergraduate applications for full-time courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). For more information about making an application, please visit the UCAS website. The UCAS institution code for this course is P51.
All undergraduate applications for part-time courses are made directly to the partner institution.

Start date



Old Sticklepath Hill
Devon EX31 2BQ

Progression route

BA (Hons) Business Administration (final year) at Plymouth University
Studying with our Partner Colleges
Our partners range from large further education colleges with a broad mix of students and courses, to smaller specialist institutions with unique facilities. Colleges offer a uniquely different experience to larger university campuses. As a student you will benefit from a supportive learning environment in a small, friendly community. However, your course will be of the same high quality and standard as all university courses and your qualification will be awarded by Plymouth University. 

You can take advantage of the facilities and services that your local College provides and the additional support and resources available from the University. At the start of your course, you will be given a university computing account that will enable you to access a wealth of electronic resources and study guides.

Every student is automatically a member of UPSU – the University of Plymouth Students' Union.

Academic Partnerships
Plymouth University works in partnership with colleges, schools and other organisations throughout the South West to offer you the opportunity to study in your local area, or to attend specialist courses not widely available nationally. A range of vocational courses from honours degrees, foundation degrees and HND/HNCs to university short courses and continuing professional development awards are provided via Academic Partnerships. 

Our courses are designed in close collaboration with employers combining academic study with work-based learning to equip you for a job in your chosen industry.

Foundation degrees are equivalent to the first two years of a full-time undergraduate degree and usually take two years to complete, when studied full-time. Many of our courses are available on a part-time basis which makes them particularly suitable for students with other commitments, such as work or family.

Further study and progression opportunities
Many of our foundation degree graduates take advantage of the progression opportunities and go on to study for a related honours degree at Plymouth University, usually with just one further year of study (please note there is a progression application deadline of 15th January and places may be subject to availability).