Truro and Penwith College

Higher National Certificate in Children and Young People's Workforce

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

    • Reflective Practice (TRCO133)

      This module provides the opportunity to examine the roles and responsibilities of those in the children and young people's workforce in relation to other professionals with whom they come into contact. It encourages a reflective approach, enabling practitioners to gain an understanding of a range of issues and responsibilities and promoting engagement with aspects of PPD.

    • Interpersonal and Communication Skills (TRCO134)

      This module explores the processes of communication and interpersonal behaviour through contexts and situations involving children and young people, families and other stakeholders. It aims to develop reflective practitioners who monitor and evaluate their own communication style and performance.

    • Safeguarding Children and Young People (TRCO135)

    • Developmental Perspectives (TRCO136)

      This cross-disciplinary module considers aspects of physical, mental, social and emotional development from birth to eighteen. This will include physical health, exercise and nutrition, social and emotional development during childhood and adolescence and their relationship with learning, as well as factors contributing to mental health and well-being.

    Optional modules

    • Constructions of Childhood and Youth (TRCO104T)

      Childhood as a social category has emerged from the beliefs and values of Western society over the last 350 years. This module addresses the impact of schooling and youth culture on constructing an image and understanding of childhood and youth

    • Working with Children and Families (TRCO105T)

      This module will provide underpinning knowledge of the experience, skills and knowledge essential for effective working within an integrated interdisciplinary workforce with families and their children, aged from birth to 16 years, focusing on support for parents and families across the continuum of need.

    • Forest School (TRCO106T)

      This module is designed to meet the needs of practitioners who have the vision and insight needed to take learning outside the classroom. Forest School complements existing curriculum frameworks and is particularly beneficial in promoting self esteem and modifying challenging behaviour and can support young people who are disengaged from education.

    • Risk versus Challenge in the Outdoors (TRCO107T)

      To develop the learners understanding of the concept of the theoretical use of risk and challenge in outdoor play and education situations. To provide an understanding of how to assess and eliminate risk.

    • Sport and Young People (TRCO108T)

      This module examines the roles of those working in sporting contexts with children and young people, discussing sport?s contribution to emotional and physical well-being. It introduces sociological, psychological and cultural approaches to the study of 'youth sport'.

    • Special Study 1 (TRCO109T)

      This module offers an opportunity for practitioners to identify a specific area of personal and/or professional interest from within their practice and to investigate this in some depth, with tutor support. It offers the practitioner an opportunity to manage their own learning and to reinforce the links between theory and practice.

    • The Third Sector (TRCO110T)

      This module will enable students to deepen their understanding of the Third Sector and how its work overlaps with and impacts on the children's workforce. It will examine the different types of Third Sector organisations and develop the knowledge and skills needed within this sector to work effectively as part of the children's workforce agenda.

    • Supporting Learners Learning (TRCO111T)

      This module looks at the contexts in which learning takes place and the needs of different learners. It explores a range of barriers to learning which can impede progress and encourages practitioners to reflect on their practice and their own learning in order to develop strategies to make their practice more effective.

    • Curriculum Issues (TRCO112T)

      This module provides an introduction to aspects of curriculum and current curriculum issues. It explores recent curriculum initiatives and the implications of their implementation to ensure that practitioners working with children and young people are well informed and able to provide appropriate support.

    • New Learning Technologies (TRCO113T)

      This module offers a wide ranging set of experiences, along with the development of a relevant knowledge base, in the educational use of ICT. It will promote the investigation of the role of ICT in teaching and learning in ways that will meet the needs of the individual children and young people, and using a variety of available resources.

    • Behaviour for Learning (TRCO114T)

      The module concentrates on children and young people in schools and similar settings. It explores the links between learning and behaviour, focusing on positive relationships with self, others and the curriculum. It emphasises that challenging behaviour does not occur in isolation and is not a simple product of unwillingness to learn.

    • Entrepreneurship and Applied Practice (TRCO128)

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have the qualities, skill and innovation needed for employment in their chosen sector. The module will enable students to exercise a sustainable approach to decision making including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

    • Children and Young People's Health and Well-Being (TRCO130T)

      This module provides the opportunity to explore issues of health in the Children?s Workforce. It considers the Government agenda on healthy eating and explores issues around implementing this. Furthermore, it gives students the opportunity to consider what is meant by the terms health and well being and what they mean for children & young people.

    • Supporting Special Educational Needs (TRCO132T)

      This module will enable students to deepen their understanding of children with special educational needs. It will highlight the importance of the need for practitioners to work sensitively with parents and collaborate effectively with a range of other professionals. Issues of access and inclusion will be explored in the light of government legislation.

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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