Our Courses

CN4C education and employability skills courses offer a friendly introduction to learning, training and a pathway to a new career.

We can support your learning journey from essential entry-level qualifications in English and Maths through to access to Further and Higher Education.

Our Courses

CN4C education and employability skills courses offer a friendly introduction to learning, training and a pathway to a new career.

We can support your learning journey from essential entry-level qualifications in English and Maths through to access to Further and Higher Education.
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We offer a range of free courses from Entry Level English, Maths and IT, to Level 2 and 3 Awards in employability skills and Further and Higher Education Awareness sessions. Our Community Learning courses will enable you to explore a range of topics from mindfulness to creative writing and environmental sustainability, with no prior qualification necessary.
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Access to Further and Higher Education

Access to Further and Higher Education

This Level 3 qualification provides an introduction to working in the education and training sector. We will be running this course in Spring subject to demand.

Research Skills

Wednesday 10am-2pm | 2 March | Online

The course unit will teach you how to identify different research methods; how to plan a piece of research and evaluate and report on a piece of research.

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Active Communities

Introduction to Writing for Meaning

Wednesday 10am-3pm | 12 January | Online

This one-day session introduces learners to different ways and styles of writing to get your message across to the people you want to influence.

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Writing for Meaning

Wednesdays 10am-3pm | 19 January-16 February | Online

This is a course which focuses specifically on improving your writing skills in a variety of ways and styles.

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Business

How to Set-up a Business

Wednesdays 9:30am-3pm | 5, 12, 19 January | Online

Our three-day course covers the essential knowledge for setting up in business: providing insights on why some businesses fail, while others succeed; practical tips such as how to do market research at low cost as well as covering the important stuff like managing risk and the legal obligations on business owners.

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FAQs

CN4C will support you to take the first steps on your learning journey. We can help you brush up on skills for employment or gain a Maths and English qualification, prepare for a career change or return to education you missed out on first time around. If you’re feeling unsure about which course to take, try a half-day awareness session.

CN4C offers an informal, unpressured environment for learning. The majority of courses take place in the familiar surroundings of our community buildings in Redruth and St Austell. Our tutors are experienced at supporting people who may be returning to learning after many years and encourage learners to develop at their own pace.

What’s more, taking a course is a great way to meet new people as well as learning something new. We offer small class sizes, so you’ll be joining a sociable group with a common interest.

Our aim is to teach all courses face-to-face. Due to Covid safety measures, we have had to reduce the numbers per classroom, so where possible, we will also offer courses online.

Before you register, you should consider how much time you can give to supporting your learning outside class time. If you are taking a Community Learning course, this could be time spent completing an artwork or piece of written work. You might also want to do some additional reading on a topic.

If you are taking an accredited course, you will be required to do a piece of coursework in your own time. There is no hard and fast rule about the amount of work you’ll need to do to complete it as this will be dependent on individual circumstances. You can ask a member of the Learning Team for further information about the coursework required for the qualification you want to take.

You won’t need to have a qualification to take the majority of our courses. When you contact us to register for a course, a member of our Learning Team will talk to you in more detail to find out if the course is suitable for your aims.

If you’re unemployed or economically inactive, its free to access any course at any level and you will be eligible for a priority place. If you are on benefits or in work but earning less than £17,004 per year, you will also be eligible for a fully-funded place. Courses are offered to those in full-time or part-time employment outside these criteria subject to availability, with the exception of Further and Higher Education Awareness session which are open to all.

To find out if a course is right for you and if you’re eligible for a fully-funded place, ask a member of our Learning Team.

CN4C courses are validated by the National Open College Network (NOCN) and Ascentis, both of these examining bodies are regulated by the national Quality Assurance Agency. If you attend one of our Community Learning courses for two weeks or more, you will receive a Cornwall College (TCCG) Certificate of Learning.

Once you have enrolled, you can also speak to your Tutor about progression from one course to another and options for further study to help you create your own personal learning journey.
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How to Set-up a Social Enterprise

Fridays 9.30am-3pm | 7, 14, 21 January | Online

Our three-day course, ‘How to Set-up a social enterprise’ covers the fundamentals of running a successful social enterprise from identifying who will buy your products and services, to defining how your activities will benefit others.

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Fundraising Bootcamp

Monday-Tuesday 9.30am-4pm | 24, 25 January | The Elms, Redruth

This two-day workshop, facilitated by highly experienced and successful third sector bid writers, will take you through the process of applying for money for your social enterprise from funders and grant givers.

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Creativity

Community artists

Qualification: PCDL (Cornwall College Group Certificate of Learning)

Wednesdays 10am-1pm | 5 January-27 July | Online
Thursdays 10am-1pm | 6 January-28 July | St Austell Community Bank


In this session you can learn and practice meditation, breathing and relaxation and apply this to your own creative and artistic process. You’ll learn some art history, particularly about artists working in Cornwall, and practice specific techniques such as working with watercolours, acrylics and charcoal.

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Creative writing in the community

Qualification: PCDL (Cornwall College Group Certificate of Learning)

Mondays 10am-1pm | 10 January-27 July | Online

This community learning course will help you develop your own reading and writing skills by analysing different styles of literature and poetry and support you to create your own work in a variety of styles.

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Creative photography

Qualification: PCDL (Cornwall College Group Certificate of Learning)

Wednesdays 1-4pm | 5 January-27 July | The Elms, Redruth
Thursday 1-4pm | 13 January-27 July | The Elms, Redruth


Unlock amazing smartphone camera features with our creative photography course. By the end of the course, you’ll be super confident with composition, using new photography and editing skills that will make your photos stand out from the crowd. Use your camera or smart phone to open up your full creative potential.

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Healthy Living

Get growing

Qualification: PCDL (Cornwall College Group Certificate of Learning)

Thursdays 10am-1pm, 2-5pm | 27 January-7 April | Online

Learn how to prepare and look after the soil and plants and whatever size and type of growing space you have. Explore what you can sow and grow through the season and share tips and ideas with other growers and gardeners.

You might also enjoy joining our practical allotment sessions at Pengegon, Camborne and Sawles Road, St Austell.

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Cook well, eat well

Qualification: PCDL (Cornwall College Group Certificate of Learning)

Tuesdays 10am-1pm | 4 January-27 July | Online

Learn how to use gentle practices such as meditation to improve your relationship with fitness, nutrition and health. In time, mindfulness for health and wellbeing can help you make simple life changes that stick, improve your resilience to life events and support you to improve your relationships.

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Environmental Studies

Connecting with nature

Qualification: PCDL (Cornwall College Group Certificate of Learning)

Mondays 12pm-2.30pm | 10 January-21 February | Online

This 10-week course will enhance your understanding of the natural world and will focus on the practical steps we can all take to be more connected to nature and reduce the impact we make on wildlife and natural places. From choosing the right plants to encourage pollinators to going on group beach cleans, learn how our actions can really make a difference.

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Introduction to horticulture

Qualification: PCDL (Cornwall College Group Certificate of Learning)

Wednesday 10am-3pm | 2 March | Growing Links, Gulval

This one day session will introduce you to the main concepts covered in the Level 2 Horticulture course and is an opportunity to find out if the course is suitable for you.

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Level 2 Horticulture

Wednesdays 10am-4pm | 9 March-13 April | Growing Links, Gulval

This course focuses on improving your horticulture skills in such areas as sowing vegetable seed, crop rotation and growing soft fruit and tree fruit. This course is suitable for those with some growing experience. There will be a balance of practical and written work across each of the topics covered.

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History and Culture

History and where we live

Thursday 10am-3.30pm| 13 January | Kresen Kernow, Little Vauxhall, Redruth TR15 1AS
Saturday 10am-3.30pm | 5 February | Kresen Kernow, Little Vauxhall, Redruth TR15 1AS


Join us at Cornwall’s very own ‘national library’ and learn the history of Cornwall that they didn’t teach you at school! This one-day session looks at where we live and the less known events and people that have shaped our communities today. Kresen Kernow is home to Cornwall’s Archives and is built within the walls of the historic Redruth Brewery.

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Maths and English

Functional skills courses

Functional Skills 10 Jan-27 July 10am-12pm Maths
Functional Skills 10 Jan-27 July 1-3pm English
Functional Skills 11 Jan-27 July 10am-12pm Maths
Functional Skills 11 Jan-27 July 1-3pm English

Functional Skills: Maths

Qualification: Level 1-Level 2

Mondays, Tuesdays 10am-2pm | 10 January-27 July | Online

Functional Skills Maths and English are fundamental skills that people need for their working and personal lives. During each two-hour session, you will develop your understanding of Maths and learn essential transferable skills such as communication, team working, presentation and problem-solving.

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Functional Skills: English

Qualification: Level 1-Level 2

Mondays, Tuesdays 1pm-3pm | 10 January-27 July | Online

Functional Skills Maths and English are fundamental skills that people need for their working and personal lives. English Functional Skills will develop your understanding of spelling, punctuation and grammar and your ability to write clearly and effectively. The course will also build your confidence to read more widely. While on the course, you will practice essential skills such as communication, team working, presentation and problem-solving.

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Social Care

Information, Advice and Guidance

Qualification: Level 3 Award

Thursdays 10am-3pm | 27 January-7 April | Online

This qualification is for learners who want to develop their understanding of the roles of information, advice, and guidance (IAG) workers. It can be used as part of a vocational training or for continuous professional development for those currently in information, advice and guidance roles.

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Interpersonal Skills

Qualification: Level 2 unit

Saturdays 9.30am-1pm | 26 February-26 March | The Elms, Redruth

This short course examines how we interact with each other, how we manage our emotions and attitudes and how well we work with others and is useful for managing relationships in everyday life and the workplace.

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Introduction to Criminology Workshop

Wednesday 10am-2.30pm | 12 January | The Elms, Redruth

This session introduces the work of Italian Criminologist Cesare Lombroso and the concept of ‘The Criminal Man’. You’ll learn about crime scene investigation and profiling techniques and put the theory into practice, conducting a ‘dummy’ crime scene investigation.

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Introduction to the Principles of Criminology

Qualification: Level 2 Certificate

Tuesdays 9.30am-2.30pm | 19 January-30 March | The Elms, Redruth

Principles of Criminology is an introduction to the study of crime and the theories and perspectives which characterise Criminology. The course will cover key issues such as how we define crime and deviance, and will also look at aspects of the criminal justice system, including prisons and community sentencing.

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Introduction to Psychology Workshop

Tuesday 2pm-6.30pm | 25 January | St Austell Community Bank

This one day session will focus on the psychological concept of intelligence and whether it can be measured effectively or if attempts to measure it are flawed.

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Psychology

Qualification : Level 2 unit

Tuesdays 2pm-5pm | 1 February-7 June | St Austell Community Bank


Would you like to know more about how the mind works? This course is designed to provide the foundations for the further study of psychology at higher education level.

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Understanding Mental Health

Qualification : Level 2

St Austell Community Bank


Understanding Mental Health is an accredited five-week course introducing the learner to what mental health and mental ill-health mean in real terms.

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TOAST

Taking Our Achievements and Successes Together (TOAST) supports young people aged 16-18 (or 16-24 with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)) to achieve English, Maths and IT Functional Skills and employability qualifications and build their social confidence.

TOAST offers students informal classroom-based learning with 1-1 staff support and work experience opportunities.

The course is led by teaching staff who are experienced at supporting learners with social, emotional and behavioural issues, as well as learning and physical disabilities.

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