Truro and Penwith College

FdSc Health and Nutrition

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

    • The Principles of Nutrition and Health (TRUR1073)

      This module explores the key concepts and principles of nutrition within the context of biochemical processes. Students will have the opportunity to use dietary information to make recommendations to improve individual nutritional intake.

    • Anatomy and Physiology (TRUR1074)

      The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of the structure and function of those systems in the human body that are of direct relevance to health and nutrition. Some consideration will also be given to the functioning of these organ systems.

    • Principles of Health Care (TRUR1075)

      Students here will explore the general concept of health care in contemporary society, and examine the roles and practices of professional health care, particularly governance, codes of practice and safety. It will explore how nutrition and healthcare practice relates to these issues.

    • Promoting Healthy Lifestyles (TRUR1076)

      The development of public learning and awareness of nutrition is vital within the concept of wellbeing within contemporary society. This module examines ways in which healthy living can be promoted and the use of educational techniques when dealing with clients.

    • Social Context of Health (TRUR1077)

      This module develops an understanding of the wider context of health care including discrimination and social deprivation, class, poverty and the family. It introduces the concept of epidemiology in relation to social groups. It also develops an understanding of inclusive work practices.

    • Professional Practice 1 (TRUR1078)

      Students will develop their own understanding of the range of health care practice and examine the roles of various health care professionals. It will explore the skills needed in these roles through analysis of practice, evidence and statistics, developing an understanding of evidence based health care. It will examine issues of multidisciplinary working in health work contexts.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Psychology of Nutrition (TRUR2073)

      This module explores the links between psychological processes and wellbeing, and in this context looks at eating disorders and issues with a range of conditions. It also develops a critical awareness of the cultural portrayal of health and fitness, and the issues surrounding the concept of fitness.

    • Evidence Based Practice (TRUR2074)

      This module develops an understanding of research approaches and methodologies, introducing an appreciation of evidence based practice within health. It explores the principles of data collection and analysis, the reliability and the methods of collecting data and issues of ethics and professionalism within research. It develops an understanding of epidemiology.

    • Diet, Fitness and Health (TRUR2075)

      Combining nutritional, chemical and physiological understandings, this module investigates the interrelationship between nutrition, fitness and its consequence.

    • Project (TRUR2076)

      This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop an investigation of their own related to the programme. The topic must first be agreed with the module leader, with due reference to ethical and practical considerations, and for those wishing to prepare themselves for progression, with the appropriate programme leader(s).

    • Professional Practice 2 (TRUR2173)

    Optional modules

    • Health Monitoring and Evaluation (TRUR2148)

    • Food Science and Technology (TRUR2149)

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
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

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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