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BSc (Hons) Health, Community & Social Sciences (top-up)

For 2017 start

Cornwall College Rosewarne LEVEL: 6 Social Care & Health

This BSc Honours degree top-up 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.


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 to 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:

  • 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.

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: 1A98
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: Cornwall College & Plymouth University
  • Course Fee (per annum): £8000
Entry Requirements

240 credits from an appropriate level 5 qualification e.g. Dip HE, HND or Foundation Degree. Plus GCSEs at grade C 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 emailenquiries@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

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award


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BSc (Hons) Health, Community & Social Sciences (top-up)


Indicative Modules

Year 1 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.

*Modules are subject to change and availability


BSc (Hons) Health, Community & Social Sciences (top-up)

Start Date





1 year

Extra Information

Annual tuition fee is £8000

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.

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If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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