Cornwall College

BSc (Hons) Health, Community and Social Sciences

The Cornwall College Group offers a wide range of undergraduate programmes across eight campuses throughout Cornwall and Devon, including Bicton College, Cornwall College, Duchy College and Falmouth Marine School. We offer specialist courses designed with employers and delivered by industry professionals. During your studies you will get the opportunity to work on live projects and start your career before you even graduate.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CORC1151 Values and Ethics in the Workplace

    • CORC1153 Professional Practice: Skills for Employment

    • CORC1154 Sociological Perspectives

    • CORC1155 Developmental Psychology

    • CORC1177 Health, Welfare and Social Policy

      This module will examine the social construction of needs in society and consider the implications of policy responses to meet those needs. This will involve an exploration of the changing relationship between State, market and familial responses to need in the mixed economy of welfare. Issues of social exclusion, discrimination, equal opportunities and poverty will also be explored.

    • CORC1212 Keeping Children, Young People and Adults at Risk Safe

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • CORC2124 Development Through Work

      This module will allow students to reflect upon their work placement experience and give opportunity to plan, deliver and evaluate appropriate work-based activities.

    • CORC2125 Research in Social Issues

      This module facilitates students¿ development of analytical skills necessary to evaluate and carry out research in an area of social care.

    • CORC2133 Psychology and Interactions

      This module will provide the students with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge of psychological theories by studying how they contribute to our understanding of social interactions.

    • CORC2134 Applying Social Theory

      This module explores the development of social theory from its origins to the present day, before applying social theory to a social problem. It is concerned with challenging common-sense assumptions about the social world, in particular utilising social theory to examine the tensions that exist in the world today.

    Optional modules
    • CORC2126 Independent Study

    • CORC2152 Issues in Mental Health

      This module will help students develop an understanding of key issues in mental health. It will direct students to a variety of models used by mental health professionals and also consider the socio-political dimensions of Issues in Mental Health. It will explore the legislative and social policy framework and how these influence professional practice, service provision and service users.

    • CORC2153 Perspectives on Disability and Learning Disability

      This module gives students the opportunity to explore the experience of disability and learning disability and the analyses around the medical and social models of disability. It provides students with a critical understanding of the needs of people with disabilities and how these needs may be articulated and met as well as an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of service provision and methods of intervention.

    • CORC2154 Psychological Processes

      A range of cognitive processes will be considered with an emphasis on memory, perception and language. Key psychological perspectives will be examined and biological, genetic, social, emotional and environmental influences will be explored and discussed.

    • CORC2167 A History of Western Political and Social Theory

      This module explores the theoretical emergence and development of social theory within the policy context that key welfare services are provided and delivered.

    • CORC2181 Social Enterprise

    • CORC2182 Sociology of Health

    • CORC2188 Leadership and Management

      This module will consider the links between leadership and management, including an examination of differences, considering both traditional and contemporary viewpoints. It will explore the balance between the two and analyse the role of a leader in supporting an organisation's values, creating a vision and communicating this to others. It will consider the use of a range of leadership styles and their impact on the achievement of organisational objectives.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CORC364 Dissertation

    Optional modules
    • CORC336 Promoting Health

    • CORC337 Work Based Learning

    • CORC338 Rural Poverty

    • CORC339 Working with Young People

    • CORC340 Youth Justice

    • CORC346 Childcare and Mental Health

    • CORC348 Collaboration and Multi-Agency Working

      This module is concerned with theories, principles, problems and practices of inter, multi-agency and multi -disciplinary working within human services, in statutory, non-statutory and hybrid settings. It also examines the techniques and skills of creating and maintaining teams, networks and alliances within these settings.

    • CORC365 Social and Political Identity

    • CORC366 Psychology in Practice

    • CORC375 Alternative Interventions

      This module provides the opportunity to explore a range of alternative interventions that might be used within the Health and Social Care Sector when confronted with challenging behaviours and/or the need to offer support. It builds upon modules in Year 2 of the programme (such as Issues in Mental Health, Perspectives on Disability, Psychological Processes, Sociology of Health) and in Year 1 (Values and Ethics in the workplace, Keeping Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults at Risk Safe)

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 Cornwall 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 Cornwall College

Looking to study a specialist subject at university level? Want to do it in one of the most beautiful places in the world? Our wide range of courses gives you the chance to pick up the skills and experience you’ll need for your chosen profession.

Find out more about studying at Cornwall College