Truro and Penwith College

FdSc Youth, Social and Community Studies

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

    • Applied Research Practice in the Community (TRUR2220)

      This module develops an understanding of research methods to enable you, as students and practitioners to undertake a small-scale research project within your practice context. It introduces research methods and methodologies and requires students to undertake a piece of primary research on a topic of their choice.

    • Developing Wellbeing in the Community (TRUR2221)

      This module critically analyses the theory and practice of how supporting health and wellbeing transitions can be built into practice. This module explores differing ideological perceptions in relation to the concept of community then, through these theoretical insights, examines the key practical imperatives within community work management and practice.

    • Leadership in Youth, Social and Community Organisations (TRUR2222)

      This module develops an understanding of theories of leadership, and the organisation of professional practice. Students will develop key skills and understanding of youth, social and community organisations, and will have the opportunity to explore emergent theory and practical factors such as mentoring arrangements, group structures, staff development and the leadership of change.

    • Contemporary Social Problems & Social Policy (TRUR2223)

      This module extends key contexts and practices of social policy, focusing on how and why specific social issues, such as poverty, youth unemployment and environmental justice, become identified as ‘social problems’ and the evaluation of contemporary social policy. Theoretical notions of inequality, conflict and power are explored, unpacking the links between contemporary theory and social policy.

    • Culture and Identity in a Knowledge Economy (TRUR2224)

      This module examines the evolving nature of culture and identity, work and employment as knowledge economies move into the fourth industrial revolution. Focusing on the relationship between personal and collective identities and how people’s experiences of these are represented, contested and resisted, students investigate the opportunities and challenges of living in a knowledge economy.

    • Critical Professional Practice (Work Placement) (TRUR2225)

      This module provides students an opportunity to use and develop practice skills, analysing their own practice in relation to workplace strategies centred around empowerment, equality, anti-discriminatory practice, and informal learning. Students are expected to critically reflect on their learning and identify areas for further developing professional practice.

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

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.

Find out more about studying at Truro and Penwith College