Truro and Penwith College

BA (Hons) Human Behavioural Studies

Rated Ofsted Outstanding (2016), Truro and Penwith College provides a range of quality degree courses with employer needs in mind. All students benefit from an excellent support network that helps to put them on the best footing for a successful future after graduating. Finding themselves at home in purpose-built buildings with expert lecturers and access to industry-standard equipment, students can study a quality university course right here in Cornwall.
A variety of people enter higher education with an assortment of experiences and commitments, but with the flexibility at the heart of our programmes, the College offers a compressed timetable and small class sizes to allow students to study in a relaxed and supportive environment. Whatever your background, studying University courses at Truro and Penwith College means an opportunity to study locally, the chance to fit home or part-time work around your lectures and the one thing all our students have in common – the shared experiences of a quality education right here in Cornwall.
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Course details

  • Year 1

  • Optional modules

    • Occupational Psychology (TRUR3067)

      This module will offer students an insight into the role psychology plays within the workplace. From the theoretical underpinning, students will be able to show how both workplace performance and satisfaction can be affected.

    • Pro-Bono (TRUR3095)

      Decreases in Legal Aid and economic pressures has limited access to justice and increased Litigants in Person and vulnerable people particularly in areas like debt, housing, family, welfare and mental health. The College is working with front line organisations to develop opportunities for members of the public to access support. This module enables students to work with professionals to help provide access to justice.  

    • Addiction (TRUR3098)

      This module will require students to undertake a range of short modules spread throughout the year which we have termed ‘podules’. Podules are based on contemporary topics within the field of human behaviour. Students will have the opportunity to be assessed in a range of academic and applied methods.

    • Children’s Mental Health and Education (TRUR3099)

      Students will study a range of mental health issues in children and consider how they are accommodated within education. Students will also consider the effect of contemporary influences on child development and whether today’s society is causing children further mental health issues.

    • Exploring Offending and Antisocial Behaviour (TRUR3100)

      Students will Investigate contemporary approaches to the explanation of offending and anti-social behaviour. An examination of the methods of treatment of criminal and anti- social behaviour and its effectiveness will be considered.

    • Health Behaviours and Mental Wellbeing (TRUR3101)

      Students will study a range of health behaviours, such as physical activity and diet, and their impact on our mental health and well-being though an examination of body image and related psychological disorders.

    • Issues in Mental Health (TRUR3102)

      This module will explore a range of psychological disorders in terms of aetiology, diagnosis and current recommended treatments together with associated issues. A critical understanding of the issues in mental health are relevant for any individual wishing to work in the field of mental health or social care.

    • Applied Psychology for Performance and Health (TRUR3109)

      Students will research mental skills techniques and psychological factors which contribute to performance and health. Students will be able to critically evaluate an issue and determine which intervention strategy/s is required to aid performance and promote a healthy lifestyle.   

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Dissertation (TRUR3096)

      This module will require students to develop a research question based on their own area of interest and develop a research strategy in order to test the question. Data collected will be analysed and the findings of the research will be reported in way relevant to the discipline

    • Contemporary Issues in Human Behaviour (TRUR3097)

      This module will require students to undertake a range of short modules spread throughout the year which we have termed ‘podules’. Podules are based on contemporary topics within the field of human behaviour. Students will have the opportunity to be assessed in a range of academic and applied methods.

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

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

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Our partnership with Truro and Penwith 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. 

Please contact Truro and Penwith College to apply for this course:

Truro and Penwith College
College Road

Tel: +441872267000

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Truro and Penwith College

We’re one of the leading colleges in the country, delivering teaching and learning to the highest level. With three modern campuses at Truro, Penwith (at Penzance) and Tregye, we provide you with a unique university experience.
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