Truro and Penwith College

FdSc Community Studies (Development and Youth Work)

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
    • SCWR1001 Interpersonal and Group Work Skills

      The module explores the interpersonal communication skills and group work skills relevant to a range of community and care settings. It develops students¿ effectiveness in interacting in one-to-one and group settings. It develops communication skills associated with consultation and advocacy.

    • SCWR1003 Values and Ethical Frameworks

      This module focuses on the NVQ value base underpinning professional care practice and its application. It considers the influences of personal value bases on practice, and explores the concepts of user choice, independence and self determination.

    • SCWR1005 Developmental Psychology

      This module provides a framework to explore the personal and social aspects of human psychological development, examining continuity and change over the lifespan. It considers the application of psychological theory and concepts to social care settings.

    • SCWR1018 Introduction to Community and Youth Work

    • SCWR1019 Contemporary Issues

    Optional modules
    • SCWR1014 Perspectives on World Development

      This module offers an introduction to the key concepts and theories concerning world development and considers how they can be applied to recent and current changes in world society. Moreover, it also considers the impact of demographic changes, post industrialisation and industrialisation on the global community.

    • SCWR1015 Introduction to Mental Health

      This module offers an introduction to the knowledge necessary for people to work effectively with individuals within a mental health context. It will examine the main classifications of mental illness and the organisations which deal with mental health care.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • SCWR2003 Research Methodologies

      This module introduces a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods and considers factors which affect the reliability and validity of research findings.

    • SCWR2017 The Voluntary Sector

    • SCWR2018 Community Development

    • SCWR2019 Reflective Practice

      This module supports the work placements of students and provides an opportunity for critical reflection over the fusion of theory and practice in the workplace. The module enables students to adopt a pro-active approach to learning using a series of critical incidents to explore ethical, managerial and governance issues in professional settings.

    Optional modules
    • SCWR2007 Working with Young People

      This module considers models of youth work which promote the interests, rights and responsibilities of young people and which support their personal and social development.

    • SCWR2012 Mental Well-Being

      This module will offer students the opportunity to explore mental health issues relating to young people. It will evaluate models of mental health and identify ways of addressing mental health needs of young people. The module will evaluate current practice aimed at the promotion of emotional well-being.

    • SCWR2016 The Developing World

      This module critically evaluates current sustainability and Agenda 21 principles along with their application to development work undertaken by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and its implications for indigenous culture. It also critically examines NGO approaches to issues of famine, hunger, protection of indigenous peoples and poverty.

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. 

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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