Cornwall College

FdA Health and Community Studies

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

    • Personal and Employability Skills Development (CORC1013C)

      This module is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop themselves in terms of their personal and employability skills.

    • Professional Practice: Skills for Health and Social Care (CORC1053)

    • Psychological Perspective of Development (CORC112)

      This module looks at how the individual develops and grows. It introduces you to the various influences which shape growth and development, and psychological aspects. It will also show you the main theoretical explanations which seek to explain human growth and development.

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

    • Sociological Perspectives (CORC191)

      This module introduces you to the major competing sociological theories and encourages you to develop a critical evaluation of them. The module will help you to gain an awareness of social influences such as the family, gender, class, and ethnic groupings along with a consideration of poverty and social exclusion, as well as developing an understanding of current possible solutions to social problems.

    • Values and Ethics (HCE103)

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Development Through Work (CORC2124)

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

    • Research in Social Issues (CORC2125)

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

    • Psychology and Interactions (CORC2133)

      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.

    • Applying Social Theory (CORC2134)

      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

    • Employer Led Learning (CORC207)

    • Issues in Mental Health (CORC2152)

      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.

    • Perspectives on Disability and Learning Disability (CORC2153)

      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.

    • Psychological Processes (CORC2154)

      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.

    • A History of Western Political and Social Theory (CORC2167)

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

    • Social Enterprise (CORC2181)

    • Sociology of Health (CORC2182)

    • Leadership and Management (CORC2188)

      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.

    • Psychology of Health and Social Care (HCE207)

    • Promoting Community Health (HCE210)

    • Independent Study (HCE214)

    • Older People and Society (HCE217)

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.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

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
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