Truro and Penwith College

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

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Transactional Writing (TCALS112)

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

    • What is Theory? (TCALS113)

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

    • Creative Writing (TCALS122)

      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.

    • Sense of Place (TCALS125)

      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.

    • Identity and Nationhood (TCALS131)

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

    • Introduction to Literature (TCALS132)

      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

    • The Victorians (TCALS214)

      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.

    • Integrative Literary Study (TCALS223)

      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.

    • Film Studies (TCALS225)

      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.

    • Integrative Applied Study (TCALS226)

    • Romanticism (TRUR2001)

      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.

    • New Technology and Writing (TRUR2002)

      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.

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

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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