Cornwall College Duchy College Bicton College Falmouth Marine School CCB Training

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.

  Events and Open Days

  Featured Courses

Equine Groom Apprenticeship Level 2

Level 2 • Work-based • Duchy College Stoke Climsland


In order to start your apprenticeship in horse care you will need to join the Level 2 course and learn the basic skills needed to progress on to Level 3. Apprenticeships allow you to work while gaining a nationally recognised qualification at the same time, so why not combine your love of horses with earning money? Over the course of 15-18 months, you will be working in paid employment within the equine industry and you will spend one day every two weeks during term time at college. You’ll study a wide range of subjects around the care of all different types of horses. If you ride or do not ride, don’t worry – there are specialised routes that you can take which include riding, non-riding, racing, breeding or driving. Both Bicton College and Duchy Stoke Climsland capuses are located in beautiful countryside and provide dedicated equestrian facilities, which include indoor and outdoor schools and working yards. Here you will have the opportunity to practice your skills in preparation for the end point practical assessments. Expect to spend time away from your employer on Day release with practical and theory delivery helping you to prepare for your EPA (End Point assessment) with the support of your work coach. Assignments will also be set as well as various classroom activities, workshops and tasks to help you gain the skills and knowledge needed alongside support and training from your employer in order to prepare you for a career in the equine industry. Remote and Blended delivery – If you live too far away from the college to attend college each week then we can arrange for you to go onto a remote programme of delivery and assessment with more one to one support by your work coach and assessor. Please read the 2020 BHS Approvals Hat Guide for more information about Hat requirements.

View Course

Horticulture & Landscape Supervisor Apprenticeship

Level 3 • Work-based • Duchy College Rosewarne


If you are passionate about plants and fascinated by flowers then a career in horticulture is the right choice for you and an apprenticeship is a great way to earn money while learning new skills at the same time. There are a wide range of careers available in this sector including employment in garden retailing, plant nurseries, edibles production, landscaping, parks and gardens, and turf care. Our apprenticeships are designed to help you focus your skills and decide which career path is best for you. Horticulture has a huge part to play in our day-to-day lives, from the fruit and vegetables that we eat to the turf we play sports on, all the way through to the flowers that we plant in our gardens and use to brighten up our homes. All of these areas offer a wide range of careers, no matter which branch of horticulture inspires you. For more information please visit: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/landscape-horticulture-supervisor/

View Course

Safe Use Of Pesticides PA1 & PA6

Professional Qualification • Part-time • Duchy College Stoke Climsland


This course is suitable for Farmers and Horticultural Growers. The course will enhance your understanding of the subject, and enable you to legally spray your own land or that of your employer. This course consists of two days of training followed by a one day assessment. Day one is mainly classroom based and takes the form of a PowerPoint presentation which covers PA1. There will also be a practical demonstration of PA6. The second day consists of a 1 to 1 on farm assessment to enable you to gain the required City and Guilds/NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides.

View Course

RHS Advanced Certificate In Practical Horticulture

Level 3 • Part-time • Duchy College Rosewarne


A practical-based qualification to improve the horticultural skills needed for career development to supervisory or management roles, or to further develop your interest. This course is ideal if you are self employed within horticulture and would like a formal qualification.

View Course

  Follow us on Instagram

  Get the latest news

Cornish college tutor honoured with international skills accolade

24th June 2021


A Cornwall-based college tutor has been honoured by a European skills body for making an outstanding contribution to education in the UK. 

Read article

News

Students have ‘summit’ on their mind

27th May 2021


Students at colleges in Cornwall are sending a message to the world’s leaders through a series of videos titled ‘#heyG7’.

Read article

News

Minister praises college for ‘innovative’ eco agenda

24th May 2021


A senior government minister has praised a Cornish college group for its innovation in the sustainable agriculture sector ahead of the G7 leader’s summit this June.  

Read article

News

  Follow us on Twitter

  Support Options

Supporting Your Learning

Supporting You

Transport

  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.

Read more about Work Experience

  Current work experience vacancies


See More Work Experience Vacancies

Equine
Teaching & Education
Business School
Sports & Fitness
Children, Schools & Families
Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing
Agriculture & Countryside Management
Military & Protective Services Academy
Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture

  Download a prospectus

Duchy College and Bicton College Further Education Prospectus 2020


Document Categories: Prospectuses

Publish date: 28 February 2020

Expiry date: 31 August 2020

File Type: Adobe PDF

Download File

Falmouth Marine School Prospectus 2020


Document Categories: Prospectuses

Publish date: 28 February 2020

Expiry date: 31 August 2020

File Type: Adobe PDF

Download File

Cornwall College Further Education Prospectus 2020


Document Categories: Prospectuses

Publish date: 1 October 2019

Expiry date: 31 August 2020

File Type: Adobe PDF

Download File

Duchy College and Bicton College Prospectus


Document Categories: Prospectuses

Publish date: N/A

Expiry date: N/A

File Type: Adobe PDF

Download File

Falmouth Marine School Prospectus


Document Categories: Prospectuses

Publish date: N/A

Expiry date: N/A

File Type: Adobe PDF

Download File

  Ask us a question?