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.

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: 21 February to 23 April

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: Early 2018 (dates to be confirmed)

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.

This online course is currently being developed. More details to follow.

Political Participation in My Community: Summer 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.

Upcoming information events

For those looking to find out more about Higher Education in a relaxed and supported environment, we are also holding free information events, where you can discover more about the courses available and what it’s like entering higher education. There’s an opportunity to meet support staff, academics and students and have a tour of the campus to explore the world-class facilities.

We run information events that focus on offering practical advice and guidance to people who are looking to return to education. These events will cover: student life, routes to higher education, fees and available finance, accommodation, resources, support services and careers.

They will also cover: teaching methods (lectures, seminars, tutorials, study groups), learning styles and contact time.

There will be representatives from across the student services and current students who will be on hand to answer any questions.

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
  • Wednesday 20/06/18

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.

Book your place

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