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BSc (Hons) Health, Community & Social Sciences

For 2017 start

Cornwall College Rosewarne LEVEL: 6 Social Care & Health

This three year BSc Honours degree course is for anyone who has an interest in Health, Community and Social Sciences and for those who wish to pursue a career in a related area. The course has been designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge base required to work in your chosen specialism or progress onto other graduate opportunities. It is also a platform from which you can undertake additional vocational and academic qualifications and requires you to undertake work based learning and gain an honours degree that can be completed in Cornwall. The course has been designed with a number of pathways which will allow you to specialise within a particular area of study.

Your programme of study will give you a firm grounding in the skills and knowledge needed for successful employment in the field as well as the academic rigour that you will continue to develop throughout your degree. The second and third years allow you to select optional modules which suit your career aspiration. In Year 2, for example, if you were interested in a career in Mental Health then you might choose the psychology and mental health based units such as Issues in Mental Health and Psychological Processes. An interest in Health may lead you to study Sociology of Health. You could choose to look at the Social Sciences and study Applying Social Theory and History of Western Political Theory. For students interested in Psychology, you may wish to choose Perspectives on Disability. In Year 3, modules are on offer to allow you to continue your interest in a particular pathway. For example, students interested in psychology and mental health may choose to study Childcare & Mental Health and/or Psychology in Practice and/or working with young people. Following an interest in Health, you may wish to study Promoting Health and/or Collaboration & Multiagency Working. Students interested in the Social Sciences may choose to study Youth Justice, and/or Social and Political Identity and/or Rural Poverty. This level of choice means that you can really make this programme work for you and the career that you want to enter.

Successful students can apply for relevant Masters level Programmes at another University or a PGCE Course here at Cornwall College or enter employment in appropriate fields such as local government, community development, teaching, youth justice, management, family support work, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, housing development and research. The degree will allow students to develop a number of graduate skills such as critical analysis, research, presentation skills and interpersonal skills which make them attractive to employers. The MA in Social Work at Plymouth University is an approved progression route subject to meeting the admissions criteria of Plymouth University. As a graduate you will have a wide choice of employment opportunities throughout the private and public sectors. The University of Plymouth Colleges enjoy a good record for the employability of their graduates. Career development and planning are supported in tutorials and the College Career Service is available for advice and support during the academic year. Cornwall College fosters links with relevant local agencies and the work based learning modules in years 1, 2 and 3 provide you with the opportunity to network, develop your skills and undertake work experience which is a vital part of gaining employment after a degree programme.



Year 1

Core Modules:

  • Keeping Children, Young People and Adults at Risk Safe (20 credits)
  • Values and Ethics in the Workplace (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice: Skills for Employment (20 credits)
  • Health, Welfare and Social Policy (20 credits)
  • Sociological Perspectives (20 Credits)
  • Developmental Psychological (20 credits)

Year 2

Core Modules:

  • Research in Social Issues (20 credits)
  • Psychology and Interactions (20 credits)
  • Applying Social Theory (20 credits)
  • Development through Work (20 credits)

Optional Modules* (choose 40 credits):

*Optional modules are subject to availability

  • Independent Study (20 credits)
  • The Sociology of Health (20 credits)
  • Perspectives on Disability & Learning Disability (20 credits)
  • Psychological Processes in Learning (20 credits)
  • Issues in mental Health (20 credits)
  • Social Enterprise (20 credits)
  • History of Western Political and Social Theory (20 credits)
  • Leadership Practice (20 credits)


Year 3

Core Modules:

  • Health, Community and Social Sciences Dissertation (40 credits)

Optional Modules* (choose 80 credits):

*Optional modules are subject to availability

  • Promoting Health (20 credits)
  • Work-based Learning (40 credits)
  • Rural Poverty (20 credits)
  • Working with Young People (20 credits)
  • Youth justice (20 credits)
  • Alternative Interventions (20 credits)
  • Childcare and Mental Health (20 credits)
  • Collaboration and Multi-agency Working (20 credits)
  • Social and Political Identity (20 credits)
  • Psychology in Practice (20 credits)

Additional Information

You will need to complete a DBS check on this course.

Bursaries available – see student finance / tuition fees pages of our website for details. For further details please contact Student Serives at the College

The application process for full-time and part-time degree level courses with The Cornwall College Group starting in September 2017 is still open and we are taking applications.  Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS and part-time applicants directly via the College website.

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: LL53
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: Cornwall College & Plymouth University
  • Course Fee (per annum): £8000
Entry Requirements

64 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 48 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - MPP Grades required. Access to HE Diplomas - 45 credits at level 3. Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.

Previous learning and experience may be credited. If in doubt, call 0845 22 32 567 or email enquiries@cornwall.ac.uk.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be a mandatory requirement after you have been accepted on the programme. It is your responsibility to undertake this before commencing your study.

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BSc (Hons) Health, Community & Social Sciences


Indicative Modules Year 1

Values and Ethics in the Workplace (20 credits) This module aims to focus on the values underpinning good professional practice and the influence of personal and agency values on practice.  Students will have the opportunity to explore ethical principles in relation to work scenarios and relate these to the dilemmas they may face in their workplace.  The module will enable students to examine a range of practice guidelines and to examine the relationship between personal, professional and agency values.  This module relates closely to the Professional Practice module. Professional Practice: Skills for Employment (20 credits) This module will enable students to extend their understanding of interpersonal and communication skills used in the work setting and to apply these to roles and responsibilities within their chosen service area. Sociological Perspectives (20 Credits) This module will introduce students to some of the major competing and converging sociological theories and will help students to foster a critical evaluation of them.  It will help students to develop their awareness of social influences and to have an understanding of current solutions to social problems. Developmental Psychological (20 credits) This module will encourage students to draw on their own personal and/or professional (occupational) experiences to understand the influences that contribute to our unique development as human beings.  The module will then building upon personal conceptualisations to explore major theoretical explanations within developmental psychology in order to evaluate their usefulness for understanding the processes and consequences of development. Health, Welfare and Social Policy (20 credits) To introduce students to the historical context of social policy, to provide students with a framework for understanding current health and welfare reform and to enable students to explore the changing mixed economy of health and welfare and the impact of demographic changes.  Keeping Children, Young People and Adults at Risk Safe (20 credits) This module will develop the skills and knowledge to identify types of abuse and its effect upon the individual. Knowledge of the legislative framework pertaining to safeguarding and the importance of inter-agency collaboration will be developed. A range of strategies for empowering children, young people and adults at risk will be explored.

Indicative Modules Year 2

Research in Social Issues (20 credits) This module will introduce you to a range of research methods and will enable you to develop a critical understanding of both quantitative and qualitative research methods and present a research proposal. This will enable you to carry out an effective independent study. Development through Work (20 credits) This module will allow students to reflect upon their work placement experience and give opportunity to plan, deliver and evaluate appropriate work-based activities. Optional Modules: Independent Study (20 credits) This module provides the students with the opportunity to work independently in investigating a topic that has particular interest for them and that has vocational relevance. The Sociology of Health (20 credits) This module explores the different paradigms for perceiving and organising health and social care, adopting a cultural anthropological approach to examine these different frameworks.  It will also offer students the opportunity to explore the unequal distribution of health in relation to class, gender and ethnicity, before examining the relationship between sociological perspectives on health and social policy. Perspectives on Disability and Learning Disability (20 credits) This module gives students the opportunity to explore the experience of disability and analyses the medical and social models of disability. It aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the needs of people with disabilities and how these needs may be articulated and met.  It gives students an opportunity to evaluate service provision and methods of intervention. Psychological Processes (20 credits) This module builds on a reflection of the student’s own experiences of learning with consideration of the way children retain information and how adults can support learning. There will be consideration of a range of cognitive processes and the effect of social and emotional influences. Leadership and Management (20 credits) This module will enable students to analyse and distinguish between leadership and management styles and approaches, including appraising these in the context of organisational culture, values and objectives.  Students will develop their knowledge of ethical leadership and how values drive behaviours.  They will be able to evaluate how personal commitment, empowerment and trust impact on organisational performance. Issues in Mental Health (20 credits) This module will help students develop an understanding of key issues in mental health.  It will direct students to a variety of models used by mental health professionals and also consider the socio-political dimensions of Issues in Mental Health.  It will explore the legislative and social policy framework and how these influence professional practice, service provision and service users. History of Western Political and Social Theory (20 credits) This module aims to develop an understanding of the role of key social and political theorists in the development of social and political science. It will critically explore the political context of social theory and will develop an understanding of the nature and value of social and political theory. range of cognitive processes and the effect of social and emotional influences. Psychology and Interactions (20 credits) This module will provide the students with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge of psychological theories by studying how they contribute to our understanding of social interactions. Applying Social Theory (20 credits) This module explores the development of social theory from its origins to the present day, before applying social theory to a social problem.  It is concerned with challenging common-sense assumptions about the social world, in particular utilising social theory to examine the tensions that exist in the world today. Social Enterprise (20 credits) The aim of this module is to develop students’ awareness of social enterprise and social entrepreneurship.  This module will enable the students to develop personal and professional skills, to develop skills in business planning within the context of social enterprise and to explore possibilities for putting these plans into practice.

Indicative Modules Year 3

Core Module: Health, Community and Social Sciences Dissertation (40 credits) The dissertation provides students with an opportunity to explore a subject of their own choice in considerable detail and depth, under academic supervision.  In doing so, students will have gained a critical knowledge and understanding of a specific health, community or social science related topic together with a critical appreciation of how to manage a central part of the research process. The subject must be health, community or social science related. Optional Modules: Promoting Health (20 credits) This module gives students the opportunity to analyse definitions of health and to explore the scope of health promotion and the nature of multi-disciplinary approaches. It allows students to evaluate concepts and approaches in relation to health promotion. Students will evaluate the role of health promotion in the light of social divisions and engage in debate on ethical, social and political issues in relation to contemporary health promotion. Work-based Learning (40 credits) This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of how the theory which informs Health and Social Care Studies is applied in a work setting.  In addition it seeks to encourage students to understand how they learn, how reflection on learning can contribute to their personal career development, as well as the practical connections between employment, higher education and the modalities of life-long learning.  Finally, the module aims to encourage students to develop their employability skills during the final stage of their degree studies for those seeking promotion on a Management role to gain transferable skills to assist promotion. Rural Poverty (20 credits) The module explores the contemporary issues surrounding both the content and context of the subject of poverty in rural areas.  Drawing on recent studies, the module discusses both the usefulness and difficulties surrounding the issue of defining rurality.  In addition, the module explores the key problems facing those living in rural areas, who may be termed ‘disadvantaged’ or ‘socially excluded’ and who find themselves living in rural areas, however rural is defined. Working with Young People (20 credits) This module focuses on the lives and experiences of young people in contemporary society.  It addresses questions relating to how they are seen and how they see themselves, together with           issues such as rights and participation.  Specific attention is paid to class, gender and ethnicity with    an emphasis on the interconnections between research, policy and practice. Youth justice (20 credits) This module examines the social construction of youth & crime in an historical context. It analyses competing notions of justice (e.g. welfare versus control).  Consideration is given to gender, race and class issues in the  administration of justice. Childcare and Mental Health (20 Credits) This module is concerned with current developments in the area of child protection and effective work with people with mental health problems. It enables students to  explore the links between childcare and mental health with a focus on multi-agency working and the challenges faced by various agencies and professional concerned with these areas. Collaboration and Multi-Agency Working (20 Credits) This module is concerned with theories, principles, problems and practices of inter, multi-agency and multi -disciplinary working within human services, in statutory, non-statutory and hybrid settings.  It also examines the techniques and skills of creating and maintaining teams, networks and alliances within these settings. Alternative Interventions (20 credits) This module provides the opportunity to explore a range of alternative interventions that might be used within the Health and Social Care Sector when confronted with challenging behaviours and/or the need to offer support.  It builds upon modules in Year 2 of the programme (such as Issues in Mental Health, Perspectives on Disability, Psychological Processes, Sociology of Health) and in Year 1 (Values and Ethics in the workplace, Keeping Children, Young People and Adults at Risk Safe). Social and Political Identity (20 credits) This module investigates how one’s social identity is formulated in the ‘global village’ by investigating some of the social, economic, political, religious and environmental tensions and interactions between local and global developments. Psychology in Practice (20 credits) This module provides an opportunity to critically examine a range of psychological theories, perspectives and approaches and to research and consider how such ideas inform professional practice. Students will choose the area of professional practice and apply psychological theories and research to their chosen area of professional practice that they would like to focus upon eg educational psychology, clinical psychology, criminal psychology, psychology of health, social care and sport, organisational psychology.

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