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Truro and Penwith College

History, Heritage and Culture

UCAS Code: V301

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

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Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2021

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4.0 years | Part-time | 2021

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.

Modules

Year 1
Core Modules (80 credits)
What is History?
The Making Of Britain, 1348 - 1707
An Introduction to the Development of Heritage in Britain
The History and Literature of Cornish Mining: a Study of its Impact on the Construction of a Distinct Cultural Identity

Optional Modules (20 credits each)
Excavations, Post-Excavations & Museums
Archaeology & Environment From Prehistory To Roman Times
Uncovering Our Heritage: Theory & Practice In Archaeology
The English Crown and its Celtic Neighbours, 871-1327

Year 2
Core Modules (80 credits)
Parliaments And Peoples, 1603 - 1707
Conflict 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
Industry And Society In Britain, 1750 - 1900

Optional Modules
Final Major Project
Research Methods
Professional Project

Modules may be subject to change in 2021.

Tuition fees

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£8,224
per year
England
£8,224
per year
EU
£9,335
per year
International
£9,335
per year
Northern Ireland
£8,224
per year
Scotland
£8,224
per year
Wales
£8,224
per year

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Truro

Department:

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