Truro and Penwith College

BSc (Hons) Applied Social Science

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.
For more information visit the Truro and Penwith College website.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Dissertation (TRUR3113)

      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 a way relevant to the discipline.

    • The Philosophical Foundations of Social Science (TRUR3114)

      This module affords students the opportunity to critically explore the philosophical foundations of social science, questioning the grand narratives of the scientific enlightenment and their impact on modernity and beyond. By critically examining the foundations of social science, students will consider contemporary theories of psychology, sociology and social policy and their place within the broader field of social science.

    • The Contemporary Application of Social Science (TRUR3115)

      This module asks students to apply theories of contemporary social science to a context of their choice, considering the usefulness of theory in bringing about change. Utilising the contemporary field of implementation science, students will critically engage with the issues surrounding the implementation of empirically backed interventions in the wider social arena. 

    Optional modules

    • Crimes of Harm: Investigations into State and Corporate Harm (TRUR3116)

      This module considers the complex nature of defining and measuring crime outside of normal definitional boundaries. It will examine harms perpetrated by those who hold significant social, economic, or political power, analysing examples of corporate crime, state crime, state-corporate crime, as well as an examination of power, organised crime networks and financial institutions. It will also examine how harms perpetuated by these groups are enforced or regulated, if at all.

    • Crime in Rural and Coastal Communities (TRUR3117)

      This module will enable students to critically evaluate the various ways of defining rural and coastal crime, exploring contemporary theoretical approaches to understanding the impact of rural and coastal crime on individuals, communities, and businesses.

    • Social Justice in Rural and Coastal Communities (TRUR3118)

      This module will enable students to critically evaluate the various ways of defining social justice in rural and coastal communities, exploring contemporary theoretical approaches to understanding the impact of social inequality and deprivation in rural and coastal communities.

    • Trauma Informed Practice with Children, Young People and Families (TRUR3119)

      This module will enable students to critically examine the various causes of trauma and their impact upon wellbeing, everyday living, and education. Students will then synthesise this knowledge to develop strategies which meet the needs of children, young people, and families.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

TRUR Programme Specification BSc Hons Applied Social Science 2022 23 7628

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

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.

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. 

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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