Spirits are high at a local College after it welcomed more than 100 new students than it did last year, with applications still coming in.
Despite being tucked away in the countryside near Camborne, the 100 acre Duchy College Rosewarne is a hive of activity with students from 16 through to over 50 years old.
Head of College Carol Knight, said the breadth of choice and specialisms were behind the strong numbers of students.
“Traditionally we were a land-based College known in the industry for our unique courses such as agriculture, animal management, horticulture, land-based engineering, plant operations, veterinary nursing,” she explained.
“We still offer these course areas and much more on top of this, we now have around 75 different courses being taught here by our expert staff.”
Three years ago Rosewarne became home to The Cornwall College Group’s School of Education and Professional Development, Counselling and Social Science teams and their courses, with this year being record breaking for counselling enrolments.
“The quiet and vast college grounds, incorporated with an active students’ union makes studying at the 25 year old campus appealing for a range of students and apprentices,” Carol added.
As well as growing in student numbers the animal management team have seen a growth in their furry and exotic inhabitants in their state-of-the-art facility which also houses dog grooming qualifications.
“As well as course additions there have been a lot of animal additions at Rosewarne,” Carol said.
Even though campus life is busy and students are receiving an industry-focussed education to enable them to progress onto their desired careers, there are myths to dispel.
“Some find it hard to envisage that most of our courses, despite being vocational in nature, lead too university if people wish,” Carol explained.
“A Level 3 course can be the equivalent to three A-levels and many more universities are now welcoming the qualifications as well as the traditional route.”
For more information on the range of courses available at Duchy College Rosewarne, there is a course advice morning being held on Saturday 24th November from 10am until 12pm.
Lecturers will be available to answer any questions about studying courses including; agriculture, animal management, children, schools and families, counselling, countryside and conservation, floristry, plant operations and groundworks, horticulture, land-based engineering, teaching and veterinary nursing. Alternatively visit www.duchy.ac.uk or call 0845 60 50 455.