Truro and Penwith College

HND Applied Psychology

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.

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • PSYT100 Research Methods

      This module introduces the concept of scientific method and how this is applied to psychological research. It will develop an understanding of quantitative and qualitative techniques and will introduce basic statistical analysis and interpretation.

    • PSYT101 Individual Differences

      Different schools of thought and debates within psychology are examined from both a historical and applied approaches, including personality and intelligence.

    • PSYT103 Comparative Behaviour

      This module examines a range of learning theories which highlights how our behaviour adapts. Links between human and animal behaviours are compared.

    • PSYT104 Cognitive Psychology

      This module will develop an understanding of the history, assumptions and methodologies of cognitive psychology. It will examine a range of theories from within the approach that explain cognitive functioning.

    • PSYT106 Social Psychology

      This module examines the major influences on current Social Psychology and the implications of these influences in the way in which this approach attempts to deal with real world problems.

    • PSYT108 Personal and Professional Development

      This module aims to develop the student in both academic and career terms. Through experiences of a range of specific study and research skills and a focus on current research and career opportunities. Examination and presentation of classic case studies will develop students¿ critical reading skills, and teach how to extract the relevant issues, and to expand their powers of critical analysis.

    • PSYT109 Biological Psychology

      This module introduces students to the biological bases of behaviour. It demonstrates how; the brain, central nervous system, endocrine system and genetic functions, and how it communicates and processes information.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • PSYT202 Educational Psychology

      This module will cover the application of developmental theory and research applied to the educational setting. It will develop a critical appreciation of the problems of putting theory into practice.

    • PSYT203 Communication

      This module is designed to highlight important factors about how and why we communicate in the ways that we do. This has the practical application of making our forms of communication more effective.

    • PSYT204 Clinical Psychology

      This module covers the key definitions, concepts and models of clinical psychology. It will describe a range of core disorders, and consider theories relevant to their aetiology and treatment.

    • PSYT205 Applied Cognition

      This module will expand some of the theoretical explanations of perception, memory and decision making into a range of settings, including design and the law.

    • PSYT207 Health Psychology

      This module is concerned with the role that beliefs and behaviours play in health and illness. It will explore theories of health beliefs and their application in predicting behaviours and affecting professional-patient communication, and professional intervention.

    • PSYT208 Performance Psychology

      This module will introduce the application of psychology to performance; be it at work or in the sporting context. It will introduce students to the ways in which psychology is used to understand and manage behaviour within these environments in order to maximise the effectiveness of individual or team performance.

    • PSYT209 Advanced Data Analysis

    • PSYT210 Group Project

      This module is an opportunity for students to put into practice their research skills acquired in previous modules. Students will work in small groups researching predetermined topics. Emphasis will be placed on the student developing transferable skills appropriate to contemporary employment contexts or further higher education.

    • PSYT211 Environmental Psychology

      This Module will introduce the relationship between man and the environment, including natural, manmade and social aspects. It will examine the effects of the environment on behaviour and behaviour upon the environment.

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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