Truro and Penwith College

FdA History, Heritage and Culture

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

    • What Is History? (TCPH125)

      What is History? provides an overview of how the discipline of history operates, and looks at some of the key skills associated with the subject

    • The English Crown and its Celtic Neighbours, 871-1327 (TCPH126)

      This module is aimed to give a foundation to studying the history of England and is designed to encourage students to critically reflect on their progress as an historian and how this relates to employment opportunities. Seminars will introduce a range of documents and the experience of participating in an exhibition can be gained, alongside the opportunity of presenting findings of research to a potential employers.

    • An Introduction to the Development of Heritage in Britain (TCPH127)

    • Heritage Engagement and Cultural Tourism (TRUR1199)

      This module studies the work of organisations providing heritage and cultural tourism services in the public, private and voluntary sectors, with specific focus on Cornwall and its varied audiences. Theoretical debates considering the relationship between communities and heritage, and whether heritage can be an agent of social and communal activity resulting in positive regeneration, will also be explored.

    • Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise in Cultural Heritage Today (TRUR1200)

      This module continues to consolidate understanding of the history of Britain, and the skills required for the study of history. It is focused on concepts of continuity and change. The lectures are supported by seminars in which students are introduced to the range of documents used as evidence, and the skills required, and by practical workshops in which they are introduced to a variety of investigative techniques.

    • The Making of Britain, 1348-1707 (TRUR1201)

      This module continues to consolidate understanding of the history of Britain, and the skills required for the study of history. It is focused on concepts of continuity and change. The lectures are supported by seminars in which students are introduced to the range of documents used as evidence, and the skills required, and by practical workshops in which they are introduced to a variety of investigative techniques.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Conflict Resolution: A History of International Relations in the wake of war (TCPH219)

      This module will examine international diplomacy from 1648 to 1995 with a focus upon peace agreements and will assess how successful such treaties were at avoiding repeat conflicts. The course will proceed by means of comparative case studies with the bulk of attention upon the C20th when the avoidance of further conflict was an avowed aim of peace treaties. Earlier agreements such as Westphalia (1648) and Vienna (1815) will provide comparisons with the efforts of Versailles, Yalta/Potsdam and Dayton (1995).

    • Issues and Ethics in the Public Presentation of the past; Heritage in the Post-modern (TCPH220)

      This module focuses on heritage as a political tool through which the past can be manipulated to serve particular interests. It will examine how heritage can be politicised, the link between heritage and the modern nation state and the creation of heritage to foster a sense of continuity with a mythical past. Attempts to hijack History for grand political events such as those in Israel/Palestine and Northern Ireland will be investigated, as will the ways in which the media portrays the past with case studies of film and television.

    • Industry and Society in Britain 1750-1900 (TCPH221)

      This module examines the impact of industrialisation upon British Society and economy. The historiographical debates that surround the `Industrial Revolution' will be addressed and engaged.

    • Final Major Project (TCPH222)

      This module will require students to apply the historical skills acquired on the previous modules to address a question of historical significance. Students will choose the topic area and will frame the question in consultation with their lecturer. They will practice research skills and apply analysis.

    • Management of Cultural Tourism and the Heritage Industry Today (TRUR2194)

      This module examines the current practices and recent developments relating to modern management in the heritage industry of Cornwall. The legal frameworks, operational processes and the tools employed will be contrasted with the theoretical issues underpinning cultural heritage organisations and/or projects. A simulated marketing exercise will demonstrate the modern pressures of funding and sales outlets.

    • Collections and Curatorship: Material Culture and the Heritage Sector (TRUR2195)

      This module examines the role of museums within the cultural heritage sector. The history of collecting since ancient times will be considered before exploring the development of professional standards for museum curatorship today. Theoretical debates focusing on representing the past in exhibitions will be discussed. A work placement will also be completed, leading to a critical reflection on a collection/ exhibition.

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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