Truro and Penwith College

FdSc Law

Rated Gold (2017) by the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and 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
    • TCL1021 English Legal System and Method 1

      To further explore the workings of the English Legal System, including a critical examination of the personnel involved in the making, enforcing and interpretation of the law, and a further consideration of sources of law.

    • TCL1022 English Legal System and Method 2

      To further explore the workings of the English Legal System, including a critical examination of the personnel involved in the making, enforcing and interpretation of the law, and a further consideration of sources of law.

    • TCL1024 Introduction to Family Law and Succession

      This module will introduce the student to two key legal areas, with private and public considerations, and will cover related aspects of law and practice.

    • TCL1025 Introduction to Criminal Law and Land Law

      This module will introduce the student to two key legal areas, with private and public considerations, and will cover related aspects of law and practice.

    Optional modules
    • TCL1023 Employment Law

      A module covering key and topical issues in Employment Law as they affect individuals in the UK. The course is designed to give a perspective of the employment relationship from inception to termination, from the law relating to recruitment and selection, through to dismissal and redundancy.

    • TCL1027 Criminology and Crime Problems

      Students will develop an in-depth understanding of criminological theories of offending and the extent to which crime happens. A range of theories, frameworks and paradigms will be explored and analysed to develop an understanding of the application of criminological principles to law enforcement and criminal justice agencies.

    • TCL1028 An Introduction to the Criminal Justice System of England and Wales

      Students will investigate the roles of the key criminal justice agencies in England and Wales, and critique the performance of these institutions. Students will also undertake detailed study of sentencing: objectives, policy, patterns and trends.

    • TCL1029 The Business Environment

      This module provides the foundation knowledge and underpinning skills relating to the Internal and External Environment of business operations, and the factors that impact upon them.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • TCL2009 Law of Obligations II

      Students will develop a knowledge and understanding of contract law relating to contract formation; an understanding of the principles which underlie the law of contract; and an introduction to consumer issues.

    • TCL2012 Public Law II (Human Rights)

      Students will develop an understanding of the European Convention on Human Rights and its relationship to the Human Rights Act 1998, as well as developing knowledge and understanding of a variety of selected Human Rights issues.

    • TCL2013 Legal Research and Writing Skills

      The aim of this module is to build on the material covered in the Year 1 Skills module by providing students with a subject specific dimension. Students are able to choose a legal topic for more detailed personal study and will prepare an extended essay on the subject.

    • TCL2019 Public Law I (Constitutional and Administrative Law)

      Students will examine fundamental theories and principles of constitutional and administrative law, and their application and practice within the British constitution.

    • TCL2020 Law of Obligations I

    Optional modules
    • TCL2005 Managing Financial Resources

      The unit is designed to give the student an understanding of the management of finance within a business organisation. Students will look at the sources of finance and learn how to interpret and use financial information for decision-making purposes. They will learn basic financial techniques used for making decisions in relation to costing and budgeting, pricing and investments.

    • TCL2016 Criminological and Penal Theory

      The module begins by considering the many theories that have shaped criminological debates about crime and punishment. This will require extended consideration of key theories relating to penal policy and practice. There will also be discussion of social issues that affect criminal justice policy, such as gender and socio-economic status.

    • TCL2017 Youth Justice, Restorative Justice and Victims of Crime

      The contents of this module covers three distinct but interrelated issues within criminal justice. It starts by considering young people as specific entities within the criminal justice system. We then move on to look at the expansion of the use of restorative justice, linking this with consideration of the treatment of victims.

    • TCL2018 Principles of Marketing

      This module examines marketing as a concept and also as a business function that underpins business activity. Marketing in a variety of business contexts is explored and focuses on the role Marketing plays in achieving competitive advantage for a business.

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

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

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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