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Specialist qualifications, with Duchy College, where we make the outdoors your classroom

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 work, further training or higher education.

At Duchy College we are career focused, offering skills training and qualifications to support you into employment that will map to the needs of our local and regional economy. Our curriculum provides hands-on practical training you can take straight into the workplace or progress onto higher study such as degrees and postgraduate qualifications.

Full-time education for school leavers at Duchy College begins with choosing a specialist qualification designed with your chosen career. We have a wide range of specialist subjects, both land-based and beyond across sport, public service and wider outdoor careers. You can choose from Agriculture 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. We offer a broad range of apprenticeships in land-based and animal care pathways to get your career started now.

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Eden Project Learning Courses and Careers Advice Event

17 October 2020, 11:00-13:00


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Taster Day at Duchy College Stoke Climsland

27 October 2020, 09:00-17:00


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Taster Day at Duchy College Rosewarne

28 October 2020, 10:00-15:00


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Duchy College Stoke Climsland Courses & Careers Advice Event

14 November 2020, 10:00-12:00


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Duchy College Rosewarne Courses and Careers Advice Event

14 November 2020, 10:00-12:00


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  Featured Courses

Horticulture Diploma

Level 3 • Full-time • Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture


Plants play an incredibly important role in all our lives by providing us with oxygen and food sources. As a horticulturalist you will need to use your scientific knowledge of plants and soil to grow a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, shrubs, flowers and grass. Our courses will give you all the in-depth knowledge you need to start your career, with the option of continuing on to university study with one of our degrees at the iconic Eden Project. As a modern horticulturalist you’ll need a range of skills including; scientific knowledge of plants, soil, pest and diseases and a wide variety of practical skills such as planting, pruning and hard landscaping. This level 3 course is for learners who are interested in developing the specific technical and professional skills and knowledge that will lead to meaningful employment in the horticulture industry. Learners will explore a wide range of industry areas. This is typically a two year full-time course. It equips you with the core skills and knowledge to enter employment in the horticultural industry. You would take this qualification if you really enjoy the practical aspects of working in a horticultural setting. Employment opportunities that may arise from doing this qualification are very much ‘operative’ roles i.e. hands-on.

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Land & Wildlife Management Diploma

Level 3 • Full-time • Agriculture & Countryside Management


This sector is all about sustaining, protecting and using the natural environment. So if you love the countryside, are passionate about its protection and conservation, and the livelihoods that rely on its existence, then this is the career for you. If you would love a career working outdoors then this course is ideal for you. Throughout your studies you will learn the skills and knowledge needed to manage land and wildlife. With access to our beautiful Rosewarne campus, spread over approximately 47 hectares, you will be able to immerse yourself in every aspect of countryside living.

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HNC/ HND Garden & Landscape Design

Level 4 • Full-time • Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture


Based in specialist facilities at Cornwall’s Eden Project this programme is designed for those with an emerging passion for garden and landscape design. It will enable you to pursue a career within this creative industry and will also appeal to those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of garden and landscape design for more holistic reasons. The programme integrates the creativity of art and design with a core understanding of horticulture, earth sciences and landscape technology. We recognise the world of garden and landscape design is diverse so you will work together with a specialist teaching team to reflect the need for graduates to have a wide range of skills. This team includes award-winning garden designers, artists, landscape architects, design historians and horticulturalists all of which combine private practice alongside their teaching commitments and have significant industry experience. Students under the tutelage of the current team have won numerous awards including the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Young Designer of the Year, three times in the last five years, and the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) Student Designer of the Year Award, three times in the past six years, latest awarded to recent HND graduate Jo Midwinter in 2015. Through real or ‘live’ projects during the course you will learn how to create stimulating and thought-provoking spaces in a variety of locations – from private gardens to public landscapes – whilst at the same time developing your own unique design identity and philosophy. Clients students have worked with recently include Truro Cathedral, The Pengersick Castle Trust, The Eden Project, The Leonard Cheshire Disability Trust and the Potager Garden. In the second year, particular emphasis is placed upon professional practice, design communication and user-focused design. Alongside subject specialists you will study how to progress design concepts and ideas related to contemporary user group themes such as design for the elderly, health and well-being, therapy and social inclusion.

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HNC/HND Garden & Landscape Design

Level 4 • Part-time • Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture


Based in specialist facilities at Cornwall’s Eden Project this programme is designed for those with an emerging passion for garden and landscape design. It will enable you to pursue a career within this creative industry and will also appeal to those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of garden and landscape design for more holistic reasons. The programme integrates the creativity of art and design with a core understanding of horticulture, earth sciences and landscape technology. We recognise the world of garden and landscape design is diverse so you will work together with a specialist teaching team to reflect the need for graduates to have a wide range of skills. This team includes award-winning garden designers, artists, landscape architects, design historians and horticulturalists all of which combine private practice alongside their teaching commitments and have significant industry experience. Students under the tutelage of the current team have won numerous awards including the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Young Designer of the Year, three times in the last five years, and the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) Student Designer of the Year Award, three times in the past six years, latest awarded to recent HND graduate Jo Midwinter in 2015. Through real or ‘live’ projects during the course you will learn how to create stimulating and thought-provoking spaces in a variety of locations – from private gardens to public landscapes – whilst at the same time developing your own unique design identity and philosophy. Clients students have worked with recently include Truro Cathedral, The Pengersick Castle Trust, The Eden Project, The Leonard Cheshire Disability Trust and the Potager Garden. The HND in particular emphasis is placed upon professional practice, design communication and user-focused design. Alongside subject specialists you will study how to progress design concepts and ideas related to contemporary user group themes such as design for the elderly, health and well-being, therapy and social inclusion.

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Career boosting conservation collaboration

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A pheasant day for a shoot

5th June 2020


Gamekeeping students at Duchy College have celebrated the success of their pheasant shoot

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Seminar day shines light on animal welfare and zoonotic diseases

5th June 2020


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  Work experience and industry placements

If you are between 16 and 18 years old you will be expected to complete a Work Experience Placement as part of your course. This involves working at a local business or sector relevant employer, like a local farm, or animal sanctuary that is relevant to the course you are studying. 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 while 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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Duchy College and Bicton College Further Education Prospectus 2020


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Falmouth Marine School Prospectus 2020


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Cornwall College Further Education Prospectus 2020


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