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Qualifications + work experience = a Career Edge

If you are wondering what to do after GCSEs we can help. Our courses are developed to help you reach your full potential. To do this we combine your qualification with work experience and personal skills and development to make you stand out from the crowd. We want to make sure that you are well prepared for the workplace or higher education no matter what you decide to do with your future.

Here at The Career College we like to begin with the end in mind and train people for specific careers, with hands-on practical training you can take straight into the workplace. This starts with two options; full-time education or an apprenticeship.

Full-time education at Cornwall College begins with choosing a specialist qualification designed with your chosen career in mind. We have over 80 subjects to choose from Aircraft Engineering to Zoology and everything in-between.

If you are fortunate enough to know the career route you want to follow, why wait? With an apprenticeship you can earn a real salary and learn in the workplace while you gain experience and qualifications. Throughout your apprenticeship you will have the support of your college tutor to ensure your learning is on track and an apprenticeship advisor who will visit you at work to make sure you are happy and thriving in the workplace.

  Events and Open Days

Prepare to Care event at St Austell campus

23 September 2021, 10:00-16:00

Cornwall Care Academy are delighted to host this Prepare to Care event to introduce you to the social care sector. This session will give you the opportunity to spend time with our team and find out more about what it is like to have a career in a care setting and the development pathways

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Pool School – Year 11 Information Event at Camborne campus

12 October 2021, 17:00-19:00

We would like to invite you to come and meet the amazing team at our campus and see all of the opportunities on offer at Cornwall College Camborne. With so many opportunities available to students after year 11, it is important that they have the chance to explore all of their options, so they can

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Penrice – Year 11 Information Event at St Austell campus

12 October 2021, 17:30-19:00

We would like to invite all year 11 students at Penrice School to come and meet the amazing team at our campus and see all of the opportunities on offer at Cornwall College St Austell. With so many opportunities available to students after year 11, it is important that they have the chance to

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Basic Plumbing Studies

Level 1 • Full-time • Cornwall College Camborne, Cornwall College St Austell

This is a one-year Level 1 introductory course to plumbing, teaching you the essential health & safety practices you will need to work in a trade profession. Often called upon in an emergency, if you can fix a leaking pipe, mend a broken toilet, or repair a central heating system, you will be hailed a hero. An experienced plumber should have the ability to work in a variety of different environments and during your time with us we will teach you the practical, hands-on skills and industry legislation to enable you to do this, either as an employee or running your own business. We offer both full-time study and apprenticeship options for you to train to be a professional plumber. We offer this Level 1 introductory year if you do not have the required grades to start at Level 2.

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Heavy Goods Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Diploma

Level 3 • Full-time • Cornwall College Camborne

Working with heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), buses and other large transport requires specialist skills and training. We offer a dedicated full-time programme so you can go on to work with heavy vehicles, trailers and lift trucks, refrigeration lorries or bus fleets. We offer a full-time initial preparation route (at Level 1 and 2 depending on your prior experience and qualifications) with a final Level 3 apprenticeship to take you to supervisory level employment in this sector, with companies as diverse as Volvo and Heathrow Airport. This one-year full-time programme will allow you to become fully qualified in the maintenance and repair of heavy vehicles. During the course you will grow your knowledge and understanding of the systems and diagnostic techniques of a wide range of heavy vehicles. Successful completion of the course will mean you are able to work in a supervisory role in the workplace, aware of best practice in health and safety and good housekeeping. You will also be fully conversant in all materials, fabrication, tools and measuring devices used in this automotive environment.

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Manufacturing Engineering Advanced Certificate

Level 3 • Full-time • Engineering Skills Centre Plymouth

This ‘Engineering Apprenticeship Academy’ BTEC Level 3 course is driven by industry – helping learners to gain experience in a variety of sectors within engineering. The course will be endorsed by the local employers who we currently deliver apprenticeship programmes for; giving plenty of opportunity for the individual to gain a better understanding of apprenticeships and the engineering workplace. The course will not only develop the learners’ engineering knowledge, but the aim is to create a more work-ready individual, who, throughout the duration of the course, finds a sector they enjoy – with the goal of ensuring a progression to an even more successful apprenticeship programme, upon completion.

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Aircraft Maintenance Diploma

Level 2 • Full-time • Cornwall College Camborne

Why not consider a career in aviation? Develop your skills and acquire valuable experience in a fast-paced, challenging engineering sector. Combining study with practical learning, our aeronautical courses offer an exciting foundation for a career in aeronautical engineering. This course will teach you the basics of aviation engineering, you will study subjects such as the fundamentals of aviation science, airframe construction, electronic principles and the theory of flight amongst many others. You’ll be developing essential hand fitting skills at our fully equipped fabrication workshop and through our partnership with Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre carrying out aircraft maintenance and repair activities as you progress through the course. You’ll be learning from experienced professionals who are there to give you the very best start to your career. Whether you are interested in flying or engineering, either in the civil industry or the military then Cornwall College can set you on the path. What our students say: “This year so far at Cornwall College has been more intriguing than the last. We now have our own ejection seat to work on and we are able to put our theory learning into some practical work which gives us all a clearer insight into the aircraft industry and what it would be like to work on a genuine aircraft. Our class and the Serco apprentices had a trip out to Newquay airport, where we were able to see aircraft in person and have a better understanding of the aircraft world, if we had any questions all we had to do was ask and David or Paul would be to help us understand and clearly see how all parts are used inside and outside the aircraft.” – George Besford Level 2 Aircraft Maintenance What our tutors say (blog extract): ‘The last few weeks has seen some exciting additions to the practical side of our Aeronautical Engineering programme. Firstly, we took delivery of a Martin-Baker Mk2 ejection seat which saw service in a Canberra T22 aircraft. This seat is deactivated but is 95% complete and will see a full restoration courtesy of our Level 3 Aero students. This will help them gain experience with stripping, servicing and reassembling aircraft related mechanical components. The seat’s new home is our new Aero practical area that sits within the main Brunel workshops. This area contains many aircraft components that our students have already put to use this week by practicing their wire locking skills. Secondly, we have moved our Rolls Royce Viper turbo jet engine from its temporary home at Newquay Airport and it is now on display in the Brunel foyer. This engine was fitted to our Jet Provost aircraft which remains at Newquay. The students have already enjoyed looking over the engine and in time, they will be starting to strip and recondition various components from it. The engine will also help greatly in the teaching of jet propulsion theory. Finally, the Level 3 full-time and apprentice students spent a day at the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre at Newquay, touring the Centre and carrying out control cable maintenance tasks that are required for their PEOs. These tasks were carried out on the Centre’s Percival Pembroke aircraft. We hope to carry out more visits in the new year and strengthen the close relationship we already have formed with the Centre.’ – Paul Case

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  Work experience and industry placements

If you are between 16 and 18 years old it is a requirement that you undertake a Work Experience Placement whilst you are on your course. This involves working at a local business which is in the same industry as your course, i.e. if you are taking a hair dressing qualification you may work at a local hair salon. The minimum amount of time you would spend on work experience is one week but this will change depending on your course.

If you are on a level 3 course your work experience may take the form of an Industry Placement. An Industry Placement is a minimum of 315 hours (approx. 45 days) and involves actively contributing to the workplace whilst working on targets which you have set yourself. These targets may be hard skills i.e. knowledge and skills related to the industry, as well as soft skills i.e. behaviours, values and employability.

The Industry Placement and Work Experience Placement that you undertake will depend on your course and circumstances. This will be discussed in more detail at your interview. See the current vacancies we have to give you an idea of what is possible.

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  Current work experience vacancies

Farm Assistant, R C Screech

Description of types of tasks to be carried out: Milking Parlour Animal Husbandry Working with calves Description of key skills & personal competencies required: Able to follow instructions Abl

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Zookeeper and Site Assistant, Screech Owl Sanctuary

Description of types of tasks to be carried out: Animal and bird welfare cleaning enclosures and aviaries  feeding maintenance Site work weeding / gardening toilet cleaning maintenance Description

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Stud Groom, Tremayne Irish Draughts

Description of types of tasks to be carried out: Handling mares, foal & young stock. General yard duties. Description of key skills & personal competencies required: Need to be confident aroun

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Assistant Children’s Football Coach, Kixx Cornwall

Description of types of tasks to be carried out: Assist in the running of fun and engaging children’s football sessions across Cornwall. Tasks will range from setting up activities, assist the lead

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Salon Assistant, Cre8tive hair and beauty

Type of tasks to be carried out: This role is suitable for hair and beauty students. Your role will be to help with the daily tasks of running a salon, Helping stylists and beauticians. Look after cli

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Trainee Florist, The Flower Press Shop

Tasks to be carried out: In the shop:  Conditioning new flowers and assisting with customer service and arranging, maintaining and learning about our houseplants, merchandising and product placement

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Business School
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Teaching & Education
Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy
Travel & Tourism
Military & Protective Services Academy

  Download a prospectus

Cornwall College Further Education Prospectus 2020

Document Categories: Prospectuses

Publish date: 1 October 2019

Expiry date: 31 August 2020

File Type: Adobe PDF

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