Cornwall - University of Exeter

Higher Education in Further
Brief background
Provision across Cornwall
Case studies
Any questions?
Background HE in FE
Local HE provision for local needs
1986 Plymouth Polytechnic ( later University of Plymouth
Colleges - UPC) saw need to improve access to HE for
mature students
1988 Government policy shift to increase participation in
Higher Education - with the direct result of a rapid
expansion of college based HE
2004 Cornwall gained first tranche of ESF Objective One
2007 UPC had 9,500 HE students studying in FE with
assurance of quality and progression, on line resources
and support services and a wide range of courses linked
to local economic priorities
Local HE provision for local needs
What is a Foundation degree?
Vocational qualification in higher education
offered by Universities and FE Colleges
working together in partnership
Gives substantial higher level knowledge in a
specific subject with a defined value of 240
Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)
What is the minimum UCAS points
required to start a Foundation Degree?
What percentage of Foundation
students top up to full Bachelors
Degree ?
What percentage of current Cornwall
College HE students are
From Cornwall?
Are 21 and under?
Are part time?
The 2011 Census has revealed that the
number of 20 – 24 year olds resident in
Cornwall has increased by how much( %)?
How much has the HE participation rates
of Cornish Residents grown (%) between
2004 – 2011?
Subject Areas
• Animals, Horticulture and
• Business and Information
• Creative Arts and Media
• Health, Counselling,
Teaching and Social
• Hospitality and Tourism
• Marine Studies
• Science, Engineering and
• Sports and Public
Cornwall College
• Art and Design
• Beauty and Complementary
• Business and Law
• Care, Community, Counselling and
• Computing and IT
• Education and Teacher Training
• English, Humanities and Social
• Media and Photography
• Music, Sound and Performing Arts
• Science & Environmental Health
• Sport and Outdoor Education
Truro and Penwith College
Degree top-ups
Applied Zoology
Business Enterprise
Contemporary Creative Practice
Counselling Studies
Environmental Resource
Health & Social Care
Rural Business Management
Sports Performance and
Full degree
• Combined Social Science
• Social Work (Plymouth
University – Camborne
• Business Enterprise
• Renewable Energy & Carbon
Cornwall College
Degree Top-ups
• Applied Media
• Archaeology
• Contemporary World Jazz
• Education & Training
• Silver Smithing & Jewellery
• Sports Performance & Coaching
Truro and Penwith College
Cornwall College
NCTJ Journalism Diploma
CertEd and PGCE
Research Masters
– Equitation Science
– Biological Science
– Agriculture and Food
MA Management
MA Management (Education)
Truro and Penwith College
CertEd and PGCE
Cornwall SCITT (School Centred
Initial Teacher Training)
Progression from FE to Teacher Training (Computing)
Cornwall SCITT (Secondary) or Primary SCITT
BSc Hons Computing
BSc Hons Multimedia Computing
BSc Hons Computer Networking
FdSc Computing, Networking and Software Development
FdSc Computer Technology
Level 3 qualification e.g. A levels, BTEC National Diploma, Access course
GCSEs grades A – C in English and Maths (Science also required for Primary Teaching)
Top up to BA (Hons) Applied Media
FdA Action Photography
FdA Digital Visualisation
FdA Media Advertising
FdA photography & Digital Imaging
HND Media and Moving Image
A minimum of 60 tariff points at A Level or equivalent
Level 3 qualification. Applicants should normally have GCSE English and
Maths at Grade C or above .
BSc Environmental Resource Management (Cornwall College)
Environmental Science (Plymouth University)
Applied Zoology (Cornwall College Newquay)
FdSc Marine Science
Possible careers: Marine Biologist, Oceanographer,
Conservation Researcher, Coastal Ranger, Dive Co-ordinator,
Ecologist, Wildlife Ranger, National Trust Warden
Case study 1
Lucas has 9 GCSEs at grades B/C ; AS maths (E); A levels
Physics (E), Computing (D) and Electronics (A)
He was diagnosed as ‘borderline Asperger’s’ at Primary
School and is very shy, doesn’t make friends easily. He is
interested in higher education and his interest lies in
computing and IT. He eventually wants a good job in
Cornwall in IT. What would you advise?
Case study 2
Sarah wants to become a primary school teacher and get
a job in Cornwall. She is particularly interested in sport
and has 160 UCAS points. What would you advise?
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