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.

Return to Learning

Return to learning

Free short courses and taster days for people in Cornwall

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

The University of Exeter is running a range of free short courses in 2019 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. At the end of the course you will submit coursework and can gain credits to help with your future studies or career.

Upcoming courses 2019:

Real World Mathematics: January – April 2019

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: Future course dates to be confirmed.

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.

Political Participation in My Community: Future course dates to be confirmed.

The 2019 course is offered to those resident on the Isles of Scilly.

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 Taster Courses at Penryn Campus

An exciting selection of taster sessions and expert 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 returntolearning@exeter.ac.uk to register interest.

Watch this space for the announcement of our new Taster days. The Taster days we currently offer are as follows:

Come along to hear this fascinating talk on the indisputable importance of solar energy delivered by Dr Senthilarasu Sunderam.

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

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.

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: returntolearning@exeter.ac.uk.