Eden Project to run degree courses with Cornwall College

The Eden Project has announced it will run degree courses for the first time, in partnership with Cornwall College and awarded by Plymouth University.

Eden has had more than 500,000 children visit the site on school visits since it opened in March 2001. Eden and Cornwall College have also recently launched the project’s biggest-ever apprenticeship scheme.

From September 2015, students on a range of courses including horticulture, event management and small-scale theatre will be able to study at Eden.

Eden co-founder Sir Tim Smit said: "The future will belong to those who have real dirt-under-the-fingernails skills allied to an intellect that enjoys problem solving.

"Our friendship with Cornwall College led us to work together on shaping some new courses that will create a benchmark higher than any available elsewhere.

"Our passion is to offer the sort of courses we would want to go on ourselves, not dreary stuff. We want to be judged on the quality of our students, as they will become our ambassadors."

Cornwall College Group deputy chief executive officer Raoul Humphreys said: "What connects The Cornwall College Group and Eden is a shared passion and belief in the power of learning to shape the world.

"We are offering the opportunity to develop both specialist and practical skills up to degree level, through studying and working in a world-class visitor attraction, renowned for its horticulture, visitor experience and ethos of excellence".

The courses will include a BSc (Hons) Horticulture with specialist pathways in Plant Science or Garden and Landscape Design, foundation degrees (FdSc) in Horticulture and Event Management and HNC/HNDs in Garden and Landscape Design and Small-Scale Theatre (interpretation and storytelling). All these courses will be studied at Eden, following agreement from Plymouth University.

Humphreys added: "The programme of study and student experience will be greatly enhanced through collaboration with the Eden Project. The mixture of resources including Eden’s plant collections, growing environments, nursery and the proposed new teaching facilities coupled with the nationally renowned micro-propagation research facility of Duchy College Rosewarne, will provide an outstanding platform from which to deliver these existing and newly validated horticulture programmes.

"Studying at Eden will allow students in Event Management and Small Scale Theatre to work in an inspirational environment, with staff with amazing technical abilities, putting theory into practice, developing skills and industry contacts."

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