Truro and Penwith College

FdA Children and Young People's Workforce

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
    • TRCO133 Reflective Practice

      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.

    • TRCO134 Interpersonal and Communication Skills

      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.

    • TRCO135 Safeguarding Children and Young People

    • TRCO136 Developmental Perspectives

      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.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • TRCO227 Supporting Transitions

      Transitions occur throughout our lives e.g. changing school or having a baby; they are an important part of our experience. If children and families are supported throughout the transition process their experiences of it are likely to be more positive. This module critically analyses the theory and practice of how supporting transitions can be built into practice.

    Optional modules
    • TRCO104T Constructions of Childhood and Youth

      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

    • TRCO105T Working with Children and Families

      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.

    • TRCO106T Forest School

      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.

    • TRCO107T Risk versus Challenge in the Outdoors

      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.

    • TRCO108T Sport and Young People

      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'.

    • TRCO109T Special Study 1

      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.

    • TRCO110T The Third Sector

      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.

    • TRCO111T Supporting Learners Learning

      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.

    • TRCO112T Curriculum Issues

      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.

    • TRCO113T New Learning Technologies

      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.

    • TRCO114T Behaviour for Learning

      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.

    • TRCO128 Entrepreneurship and Applied Practice

      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.

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

      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.

    • TRCO132T Supporting Special Educational Needs

      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.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • TRCO228 Multi-Agency Collaboration

      This module is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to work effectively as part of a multi-agency team in their professional careers. It adopts a critical approach to the evaluation of the barriers to multi-agency collaboration, and to strategies for developing effective multi-agency practice.

    • TRCO229 Inclusive Practice

      This module addresses issues surrounding concepts of inclusion with regard to children and young people. It will examine the practice of inclusivity from the perspective of supporting children and young people in different settings. It will provide practitioners with the opportunity to examine their own knowledge and understanding of inclusion and consider how this impacts on their work and role.

    • TRCO230 Applied Research Practice Project

      This module develops an understanding of research methods to enable practitioners to undertake a small scale research project within their practice context.

    Optional modules
    • TRCO204T Outdoor Experiential Learning - Time, Space and Freedom for Personal Growth

      This module is designed to meet the needs of practitioners who believe that children in modern society need to experience the risk and challenge that outdoor experiential learning can afford. Elements of the Forest School ethos are embedded, promoting ¿soft skills?, emotional literacy, communication, creativity, flexibility, problem solving, stewardship, confidence and self esteem.

    • TRCO205T Crime, Young People and the Law

      This module examines the concept of youth crime and criminal behaviour. It explores crime statistics and deviancy theory, and the relations between media representation, crime and youth. It explores the systems and structures of youth justice in contemporary Britain and the issues surrounding youth justice.

    • TRCO206T The Lead Professional

      This module examines the role of the Lead Professional in implementing the (CAF) Common Assessment Process and co-ordinating the TAC (Team around the child) so that a seamless and effective service is provided. Included in this are the core functions of acting as single point of contact, co-ordination of agreed actions at TAC meetings ensuring consistency.

    • TRCO207T Working with Disaffected Young People

      This module explores both causes of disaffection within young people and approaches to dealing with difficult behaviour across a range of settings.

    • TRCO208T Children's Social Care

      This module explores the realities of working in the Social Care sector with children and young people. It considers the role of the social care professional and their place within the multi-disciplinary children and young people?s workforce.

    • TRCO209T The Learning Mentor Role in Schools

      The module concentrates on children aged 5-16 in schools and similar settings. Mentoring is increasingly viewed as a critical element of inclusion and attainment. This module explores a range of structured approaches to mentoring; the professional values and beliefs that underpin them; and ways of integrated working as a learning mentor.

    • TRCO210T Role of the Play-based Curriculum

      This module will explore in depth the role of play and play theory. It will develop further your understanding and knowledge of how play enables children to develop their thinking and problem solving strategies. It promotes the importance of practical activities and creativity.

    • TRCO211T Psychology of Learning and Teaching

      This module looks at psychological theories with relevance to learning and teaching to consider how these can be used to enhance practice. It builds on the earlier module on developmental perspectives and complements the modules on learning theories to draw on theory and research across different perspectives to provide a wider understanding.

    • TRCO212T Unlocking Creativity in the Classroom

      This module considers creativity across the curriculum, looking at how creativity can enhance the learning experience for children and young people. It considers creativity in the political agenda for education and asks students to apply theory to practice.

    • TRCO213T Special Study 2

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

    • TRCO224T Identity, Culture and Society

      This module takes the relationship between identity, culture and society and examines how children and young people engage with each other at a community level and in an increasingly global society. Children and young people are experiencing globalisation in a way never known before and this module will explore how this developing trend is impacting on issues of identity and culture, in the light of current debates, research and initiatives.

    • TRCO225T Promoting Health for Children and Young People

      This module provides the opportunity to critically explore the theories and methods of Health Promotion and their relevance to Children & Young People. It gives students the opportunity to present their own Health Promotion activity which is of direct relevance to the Children & Young People?s Workforce.

    • TRCO226T Safeguarding Children and Young People 2

      This module provides the opportunity to critically evaluate the effectiveness of safeguarding legislation in the Wider Children?s Workforce. The importance of Safeguarding policy and legislation will be considered in light of current and previous government policies. The role of the individual in the safeguarding process will be evaluated and explored.

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

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

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.

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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. 

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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