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Children, Schools & Families

at Cornwall College Camborne, Cornwall College St Austell

  Your courses

Early Years
University-level courses
Our Children, Schools and Families courses are designed to give you the skills you need for a successful career in this incredibly rewarding industry.

Within our department, you will have access to extremely well-resourced teaching rooms and subject specific staff who are experts in their field and still take time to go back into industry to hone their skills and give you access to outstanding work placements.

This industry is perfect for you if you are able to work as part of a team and independently. You will also need to use your initiative, have lots of patience and have a real sense of fun!
Currently there are over 29,000 Education and Childcare jobs in Cornwall, with this set to rise between now and 2027. All of our courses help you to develop the skills you need to work in your chosen job or helping you to choose a specialism.

Following on from one of our amazing courses, you could work in a day nursery, pre-school, private home as a nanny, nursery school, as a family support worker, for a speech and language service or have a career focusing on supporting special educational needs.

Our courses are developed with an industry focus, allowing you to experience a range of appropriate work placements and hear from engaging guest speakers. We work closely with Kingwood Children Ltd to ensure that you will have up to date skills and knowledge when you go into industry.

If you have a passion to make a difference in the Children, Schools and Families sector then we can offer you the opportunities to succeed.

Explore our campuses

  Your facilities

Incredible resources

Our fantastically resourced teaching spaces allow for you to experience equipment as you would see it in a variety of real-life settings. You will be able to practice using current sector-specific resources and explore how to make environments for children stimulating, safe and fun.

Interactive nursery

Our Interactive nurseries will allow you to practice vital care skills with realistic newborns. Our suite of computerised babies will allow you to increase your confidence in baby personal care, essential life skills and patience. These babies go home with students to allow them to practice in the comfort of their own home. This invaluable resource will increase your employment chances and provide life skills for the future.

Industry partnerships

Fantastic partnership with Kingwood Children Ltd - inspiring practice that informs our course design and provides opportunities for trips and other learning opportunities.

  Your career

Nursery worker


Average salary


Jobs available

A nursery assistant, also known as a nursery nurse, cares for, educates and plays with babies and young children, helping them to develop and learn. Nursery assistants assist qualified teachers in nursery, infant or primary classes and are employed by schools, day nurseries, family centres, hospitals, private nurseries and in private households as nannies. Source:

Primary school teacher


Average salary


Jobs available

Primary school teachers work in state or independent schools with children aged between five and 11 years old. They usually teach one class in all subjects covered by the National Curriculum and they would also have a specialist subject, which they may co-ordinate throughout the school. Source:

Secondary school teacher


Average salary


Jobs available

Secondary school teachers work in state or independent schools with young people aged 11 to 16 years old, or up to 19 years old in schools with sixth forms. They usually teach one or two subjects to different classes, which includes young people of different ages and abilities. Source:

Head teacher


Average salary


Jobs available

Head Teachers are effectively the manager of a school and are in charge of how it is run and responsible for its success. Some head teachers still retain some teaching duties, but most focus on a purely managerial role. They are responsible to a governing body and stakeholders and have to maintain a close relationship with them through meetings and reports.Source:

  Case Studies

Paul Stevenson

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Studying at Cornwall College was an excellent experience. The staff at both campuses were outstanding and really went the extra mile to support the learning journey for all of us. The range of modules were excellent and up-to-date and highly relevant to my chosen profession.

After the course, I joined a SCITT programme and completed this alongside my PGCE to become a primary school teacher. I have now completed my NQT Induction year and am fully qualified. Since September 2017, I have been studying towards an MA Education as I want to develop professionally and academically.

I am a full-time teacher in a year 3/4 class in a primary school in North Cornwall and have a key focus in development strategies in Literacy. Working as a teacher is even more rewarding than I could have imagined, seeing those ‘lightbulb’ moments is such an amazing experience.

Completing my Degree with Cornwall College has provided opportunities and experiences that I could only have hoped for with another institution

Luke Coombe

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I have thoroughly enjoyed my five years studying at The Cornwall College Group. The teaching and support from the lecturers has been fantastic. I would 100% recommend studying here for anyone looking to start their career working with children. I have learnt so many skills on the courses that I now use day to day in my job role. I’m looking at lots of different options for how I want my career to progress, maybe becoming an Early Years Advisor, at the moment I’m keeping all my options open.

Clare Reed

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Clare studied the FdA Early Childhood Studies and the BSc Health, Community and Social Sciences. She chose to study at Saltash as the course fitted in well around her work commitments and childcare needs. She enjoyed the opportunities that occurred during her time at the college.

" I managed to gain a Level 3 Paediatric First Aid certificate and attended conferences that I would otherwise not be privy to. I had the opportunity to fundraise for Childrens Hospice Southwest as part of a module and was privileged enough to visit Little Harbour, a truly humbling experience.

I went into employment as the Charity Coordinator and Youth Worker for TICTAC Liskeard. The setting is within Liskeard School and Community College grounds and I love that I have a broad range of experience with children and young people and that I am able to apply the knowledge achieved throughout my studies."

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