Truro and Penwith College

FdA English Studies

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • TCALS112 Transactional Writing

      Introductory module to analyse, deconstruct and imitate generic codes and conventions in reports, essays, journals, criticism and reviews, manuals and advertising.

    • TCALS113 What is Theory?

      Brief survey course to create rudimentary understanding of critical and theoretical perspectives.

    • TCALS122 Creative Writing

      Scriptwriting, sample activities drawn from fiction and non-fiction, introducing Key issues for creative writers, as well as vocational and practical aspects of getting into print.

    • TCALS125 Sense of Place

      Using presentations of Cornwall as a starting point, this module explores relations between sense of place, character, emotion and ideology. Students will encounter a range of material and will be encouraged to engage in cultural interpretations as well as literary viewpoints.

    • TCALS131 Identity and Nationhood

      Introduction to linked texts providing an exploration of Celticity alongside representative writing arising from other, perhaps nascent subcultures.

    • TCALS132 Introduction to Literature

      Mini-survey long thin module intended to establish foundation skills in literary analysis by considering a range of texts in English, many canonical, often with a Cornish element.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • TCALS214 The Victorians

      This module will examine Victorian literary heritage, in particular poetry and novels, exploring especially the tensions between the demands of realism and the imagination. It will attempt to place this debate in the cultural context of Victorian culture and values, referring to Cornish exemplar material.

    • TCALS223 Integrative Literary Study

      Students will be asked to negotiate a topic with their supervisor and to produce a 5000 word literary project involving individual research. While not separately taught, it is expected that the key transferable skills drawn from modules will be synoptically present in this summative assessment.

    • TCALS225 Film Studies

      This module aims to develop skills to become adept in interpreting film texts. The module uses a combination of analysis, research and theory to study examples examining their production, form and reception, and relating these to cultural, social and political contexts.

    • TCALS226 Integrative Applied Study

    • TRUR2001 Romanticism

      This module will develop an understanding of Romanticism, particularly Romantic poetry, and how it relates to historical context. The module will relate some of the key concepts of Romanticism in the historical and contemporary representation of Cornish culture.

    • TRUR2002 New Technology and Writing

      A study of the impact of technological change and development on communication, integrating Communication theories and models.

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.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



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 https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/business-partners/partnerships/academic-partnerships/study-guide/progression-to-honours-degree

Our partnership with Truro and Penwith College

Plymouth University 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 Plymouth University. 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 Partners 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 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.

Find out more about studying at Truro and Penwith College