Truro and Penwith College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Plymouth

History, Heritage and Culture

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Course summary

This Foundation Degree offers the unique opportunity to study History combined with Heritage and Culture as a broad foundation for further specialism, or as a qualification in its own right. The rich historical resources in Cornwall combined with the region’s growing cultural heritage sector offer the perfect opportunity to combine academic study while developing key employability skills. Discover how History is used by contemporary society in local, national and international contexts and analyse historical developments, considering the relationship between the past, present and future. Explore new developments to conserve and innovative ways to sustain cultural distinctiveness in the 21st Century. You will investigate digital literacy, customer engagement and curatorship skills necessary for employment within the Heritage industry today. In both years of the foundation degree strong relations between the students and regional employers are encouraged and employability skills developed. Year 1 will involve a week placement completing a survey for one of our local museum partners. In Year 2 students will complete a 60 hour work placement at an attraction of their own choosing from our established employer links. The heritage industry in Cornwall offers particularly varied opportunities for work involvement. Module summative assessments are often work related and use live briefs from employers. The small class sizes enable a designated tutorial session for self-reflection of study skills and further focus upon professional development. Learners will be given the opportunity to apply their understanding of innovation and enterprise in additional formative activities including projects with such organisations as Newquay Heritage Archive and Museum, and creation of a marketing product to consider all aspects of customer engagement. Learners will be introduced to current and emerging practices such as the use of virtual reality headsets in museums through a programme of guest speakers. Guest lectures on games design, for example, will enable learners to explore the impact of the changing digital landscape on the heritage sector. Learners will experience a ‘behind the scenes’ aspect of the industry. In previous years this has been creating an end of year group exhibition and educational visits exploring the work of publicity companies for national attractions. A programme of workshops will be delivered at location. For example, primary sources skills sessions, exploring Cornwall’s Civil War Pamphlets at the RIC’s Courtney Library and microfiche lessons at the new Kresen Kernow centre (formally held at the Cornish Studies Library). Learners will have the opportunity to develop their own interests, whilst acquiring and developing skills of research and investigation, culminating in contributions to a group exhibition and an independent Final Major Project.

Course details


Year 1 What is History? The English Crown and its Celtic Neighbours, 871 – 1327 An Introduction to the Development of Heritage in Britain The Making of Britain, 1348 – 1707 Heritage, Engagement and Cultural Tourism Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise in Cultural Heritage Today Year 2 Industry and Society in Britain, 1750 – 1900 Management of Cultural Tourism and the Heritage Industry Today Collections and Curatorship: Material Culture and the Heritage Sector Conflict and Resolution: A History of International Relations in the Wake of War Issues and Ethics in the Public Presentation of the Past; Heritage in the Post-Modern Final Major Project

How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £4668 Year 1
England £4112 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4112 Year 1
Scotland £4112 Year 1
Wales £4112 Year 1
Channel Islands £4112 Year 1
International £4668 Year 1

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History, Heritage and Culture at Truro and Penwith College - UCAS