These free courses and events are being part-funded by the European Social Fund, part of the European Structural and Investment Fund 2014-2020 Programme in England, and being delivered through the Widening Participation through Skills in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Project.

Do you want to increase your knowledge and develop your skills?

The University of Exeter is running a range of free short courses in 2018 across locations in Cornwall. These courses aim to develop skills and knowledge, which will be useful in your workplace or better prepare you to enter a job sector that you would like to move into; whilst also providing an introduction to higher education.

It may just be that it’s a subject you want to learn more about, and there’s no commitment to take your studies further.

Upcoming courses 2018:

Real World Mathematics: 11-15 June & 17-21 September

Working alongside a team of mathematical academics and students you will be immersed in problem-solving and use maths to explore key issues such as - How do diseases spread? What is “high risk” of flooding? How does Amazon® minimise its delivery costs? This course will help develop core mathematical skills and transferable skills.

This is an undergraduate level course that provides a taster of “university maths”. Upon successful completion of this module you will receive accreditation.

Citizen Journalism News Network: May to August 2018

This course consists of 12 sessions learning the skills required to research, write, read and record the important new stories from in and around your area. Each week of the course is structured to offer participants the opportunity to steadily build up skills that could lead to professional broadcasting roles such as researcher, editor, producer and presenter. Supported by media professionals and academic supervisors you will learn skills such as news gathering, audio recording, editing and writing scripts.

This is an undergraduate level course and upon successful completion of this module you will receive accreditation.

Mining 101: Monday 16 July to Friday 5 October

The course will provide an introduction to the mining life cycle and allow you to gain a broad understanding of the mining industry. This will be an undergraduate level 3 course and upon successful completion of this module you will receive accreditation.

Political Participation in My Community: 12 September to 28 November 2018

Over the process of the course you will learn academic knowledge around political and local participation, be introduced to debates about appropriate methods for undertaking research, and learn practical skills such as designing and conducting research; and writing your findings into an accessible report. You will learn how to integrate academic theory with ‘real world’ practice, producing a piece of work that has the potential to be of real benefit to your community.

This is an undergraduate level course and upon successful completion of this module you will receive accreditation.

Free Summer Taster Courses at Penryn Campus

An exciting selection of taster sessions and lectures are being offered by The University of Exeter. The sessions are completely free of charge as they are part of the ESF- funded Widening Participation in Education Project.

Your chosen taster session will include information about routes into education and support available. Please email to register interest.

The Workshops are as follows:

A taster of the industry-recognised, award-winning training program that involves facilitated learning for students interested in pursuing a career with an environmental or sustainability focus. You will also gain further understanding and learning about how to effect sustainable change in a business.

Financial literacy is an important skill in the business world.  Whether you are an employee, a small business owner or in management of a larger business, understanding the principles of accounting helps you to understand the financial operations of the organisation.

A Colour Accounting™ workshop presents financial information using colour and diagrams.  At the heart of the system is a diagram called the BaSIS Framework™ that is a holistic and graphical view of a balance sheet and income statement.  It is highly creative and involves colour, movement, language, visualisation and breathtaking simplicity.

An opportunity to find out more about the fascinating subject of geology and gems. This taster lecture will be delivered by Camborne School of Mines at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus.

There will be representatives from across student services and current students will be on hand to answer any questions. It’s a great opportunity to take a tour of the campus and explore the world-class facilities.

Upcoming information events

Are you considering returning to education and want to find out about higher education? Are you ready to change direction or take on a new challenge?

Come along to one of our free higher education information events, where you can discover more about entering higher education and the courses available.

We run information events that focus on offering practical advice and guidance to people who are considering returning to education. These events will cover: student life, routes to higher education, fees and available finance, academic learning and support services. There will be representatives from across student services and current students who will be on hand to answer any questions; plus an opportunity to take a tour of the campus to explore the world-class facilities.

These will be held on the following dates and will run from 10am to 2pm on the Penryn Campus:

  • Tuesday 27/03/18
  • Wednesday 25 /04/18
  • Thursday 17/05/18

We also run information events every second Wednesday of the month 1pm-5pm. These are an informal session to gain advice and guidance surrounding higher educations, meet a student ambassador and take a tour of the Penryn Campus facilities.

Find out about our information days for higher education.

Book your place

To register or find out more about any of the above courses or higher education information events please contact: