New degree level option will ‘change many people’s lives’ in West Cornwall

Degree level study options have been expanded in West Cornwall thanks to the introduction of the first BA (Hons) top-up qualification at Penwith College

The new BA (Hons) Human Behavioural Studies course is a Level 6 programme, available to students who have completed an HND or Foundation Degree and wish to top-up their qualification to a full honours degree.

The one-year top-up course is a well-established part of the College’s University level offer and has been available at the Truro campus for a number of years.

The College has added the course at Penwith in response to Foundation Degree students writing to the Principal to express their desire to top-up to a full degree level qualification in Penzance.

Students studying any of the College’s TEF Gold Rated degree level qualifications at Penwith College in Health and Nutrition, Childhood Education, Applied Psychology or Youth, Social and Community Studies will now be able to progress on to the BA (Hons) Human Behaviour Studies at the Penzance campus.

Early indications suggest the qualification will be hugely popular with the College receiving forty initial applicants for the first group who started studying the course in September 2020.

Robbie Ashworth from Hayle, a student on the course, who would not have been able to study the qualification at Truro said: “After this course I will be able to complete a PGCE. This course allows me to progress. I wouldn’t have been able to go into teaching without this course being available at Penwith College.”

BA (Hons) Human Behavioural Studies covers a range of skills including independent project management and problem solving. Data collection and interpretation skills are utilised to interpret complex academic material and present information in a meaningful way to those in the community.

The degree prepares students for employment in areas that involve the understanding, management and direction of human behaviours while offering a supportive environment to maximise their potential as a student and when entering their chosen career.

With smaller class sizes and a strategically condensed timetable, students studying TEF Gold Rated University level qualifications at Truro and Penwith College can easily fit life around their lectures.

Helen Elsworth from Penzance, the College’s student representative who started the new top-up course in September adds: “We are pleased the College listened to us and provided this course. This is going to change so many people’s lives because people on the course now have access to a long-lasting career”.

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