Cornwall College

FdA Independent Living

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

    • History of Care and Support (CORW115)

      This module aims to provide learners with the historical context that will frame their studies by examining the development of care and support since the formation of the Welfare State to the current day.

    • What is Independent Living? Theory and Practice (CORW116)

      This module will explore the various meanings of Independent Living from its emergence from disability activism in the 1960s to its incorporation into official government policy.

    • Independent Living Policy in the UK: Convergence or Divergence? (CORW117)

      Independent Living is now firmly entrenched in government policy. This module will explore how and why that has happened, in particular, examining how IL policy has emerged in government policy in Wales, Scotland and England to ascertain whether those policies are consistent or whether they are diverging.

    • Independent Living and the Meaning of Home (CORW118)

      The module explores the constraints experienced by vulnerable people to be able to create their own homes exploring areas such as: living arrangements that fail to meet needs; loss of choice and control; infrastructure constraints in spatial environments; housing design; and discrimination. It will go on to examine how the application of independent living principles can help to remove barriers.

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Technology and Independent Living (CORW128)

      Recently Assisted Living Technology (ALT) has come to play a greater role in providing care and support services as well as claiming to increase the independence of service users. It seems probable that the use of Assisted Living Technology will increase. In this module we shall examine the case for and against Assisted Living Technology from the perspectives of policy makers, service providers and service users.

    • Personal and Professional Development (CORW129)

      In this module professional reflection and personal and development planning will be examined.

    • Research Methods and Work-Based Research Project (CORW206)

      This module will introduce students to research methods, including: understanding the role and purpose of research; commissioning or carrying out research; designing research questions, strategies and proposal writing; understanding research methodologies and data analysis; understanding the ethics of research; applying the results. This module links directly with and is preparation for carrying out the research in year 3.

    • Market-Shaping and Integrated Commissioning (CORW215)

      The module will explore critically the new work of market-shaping and integrated-commissioning that has been created by recent legislation. It will examine the concept of co-ordinated vision of what the market should look like; and how this could help to improve the quality of care, support and the health and well-being of local communities. Learners will explore the relationships between commissioners and providers, and the impact of funding.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • The Law and Independent Living (CORW203)

      The emergence of IL in official government policy means that it has become bureaucratised and is subject to administrative law, statutory guidance and regulation. This module will explore what those three things are and how they affect the development and delivery of IL services.

    • Discrimination, Inequality and the 'other' (CORW204)

      This module will explore the law, guidance, good practice, evidence of discrimination, perceptions of vulnerable people, othering, and the barriers these create to achieving independent living. It will also consider the inequality experienced by many vulnerable people. It will examine ways to overcome the barriers by minimising or removing discrimination, especially in the context of housing.

    • Current Practice Issues in Independent Living (CORW216)

      This module will enable students to draw upon all their learning to produce an overall evaluation of the impacts of policy and practice and to identify the issues that have emerged.

    • Work-Based Research Project (CORW217)

      To conduct a piece of work-based research into an issue relevant to the programme content under the supervision of a member of staff and a work-based mentor based upon the proposals presented for assessment as part of CORW206 Research Methods and Work-Based Research Proposal module.

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
For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 
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. 

Please contact Cornwall College to apply for this course:

Cornwall College
Tregonissey Road
St Austell
PL25 4DJ

Tel: +448452232567

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

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