Veterinary nurses get the college treatment
The first students have just enrolled on Duchy College Rosewarne's
first flexible learning university course, developed with
funding from the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative.
The students, all qualified veterinary nurses, are employed
in veterinary practices throughout in Devon and Cornwall and
they are converting their Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
(RCVS) professional qualification into a Veterinary Nursing
Foundation Degree, approved by the University of Plymouth.
The programme at Duchy College, part of Cornwall College,
has been specially designed to enable the students, many of
whom are employed full time, to study for a part time qualification.
Students can study from home through the College's interactive
online learning environment called 'Moodle' and top this up
by attending occasional weekend workshops run by specialist
staff throughout the year.
Development of this new, innovative and flexible way of learning
has been possible through the appointment of Sarah Galley,
one of Cornwall College's team of blended learning coordinators.
Sarah, who is also the Programme Manager, commented, "The
introduction of blended learning by the College enables those
who may not normally be able to study for a new qualification,
because of work commitments, to use alternative methods of
Curriculum Area Manager for Veterinary Nursing, Helen Dingle
said: "Over the years, we have built up good working relations
with vet practices in Cornwall and Devon and they have been
very supportive of the idea of blended learning because it
helps them to upskill their employees without losing valuable
John Latham, CEO and Principal of Cornwall College said:
"Cornwall College is able to develop this innovative way
of learning, to allow more people to study, due to funding
available through Phase 2 of the Combined Universities in
Cornwall initiative. We offer a range of subject areas through
blended learning which we hope will encourage more adults
to study around their other commitments."
Nigel Hewitt, Combined Universities in Cornwall Deputy Coordinator
commented, "This new course, like so many others
which are getting underway in Cornwall at the start of this
new academic year, will help even more people to further their
ambitions in the region. It is a real pleasure to see the
investment made in CUC by Objective One and the UK Government
leading so directly to the creation of exciting new opportunities
for local people and for those who are drawn into the area
by the many outstanding courses Cornwall now has to offer."
For further information please contact Rozanne Wakeling on
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The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities
in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2 through
the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European
Social Fund (ESF). Duchy College is a partner in the CUC.
Cornwall College has 8 main campus sites across Cornwall,
including Duchy College and Falmouth Marine School and offers
the widest range of high quality academic and vocational training
Cornwall College is the only College in the South West to
hold 4 Centre of Vocational Excellence Awards:
Centre of Vocational Excellence – Tourism, Customer
Centre of Vocational Excellence – IT Systems
Centre of Vocational Excellence – Marine Engineering
Centre of Vocational Excellence – Food & Drink Technology
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