Professional Development

If you’d like to gain a qualification, or if it has been a while since you studied, our range of certificated courses and qualifications will help you achieve your aims.


We offer a wealth of professional courses tailored to meet the needs of employers, including NVQ Business Administration, Certificate in Personnel Practice, AAT Accounting and a variety of Legal Executive programmes. These qualifications give you the knowledge and certification you need to progress your career.

Cornwall Skills Programme

The Cornwall Skills Programme is delivered across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and offers individuals funded courses for professional development.  The project, which is funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the European Social Fund (ESF), aims to help learners:

  • Access training that is relevant to their needs and career ambitions
  • Achieve nationally recognised qualifications
  • Upskill and boost their career prospects, without being restricted by cost
  • Access as much training as they need, there is no upper limit on the funding available

View more information and the courses available under the Cornwall Skills Programme here.

SUCCESS courses

SUCCESS courses are a flexible way of studying at University level for those who have limited time and wish to gain a higher-level qualification.

Designed with business and career development in mind, they provide a way to enhance skills and knowledge by combining practice with theory. All courses are at Level 4 or 5 and are taken from our Higher Education courses approved by Plymouth University. They can be studied individually or as part of a Certificate of Professional Development (CPD).

Courses typically involve five days of taught learning spread over two to three months, supported by e-learning resources, industry speakers and visits as appropriate. In addition, you will be asked to conduct research and/or complete assignments in your own time. Courses are delivered flexibly during the day or in the evening to accommodate students with varying commitments.

Community learning

Our centres in Truro, Newquay and Penzance allow you to learn at a time, place and pace to suit you. We offer a wide range of practical courses leading to useful qualifications that can help you:

  • improve your employment opportunities;
  • change direction or move on in your career;
  • return to work or education;
  • make a fresh start and learn new skills.

We have an excellent team dedicated to offering free, impartial and confidential advice and guidance for the unemployed and employed. Truro and Penwith College and Next Step, who are based on our sites, offer impartial information, advice and guidance about courses, careers and job search techniques to anyone over the age of 16. All staff are NVQ advice and guidance qualified.

Whatever your needs, the team are here to help and have proven experience of enabling people to overcome barriers to learning, such as disability, dyslexia, childcare and benefit issues.

To make an appointment with our guidance officers please contact Rosie Tredinnick-Davidson on 01872 242711.


This one-year course is focused on progression, either to further study or into employment. No prior qualifications are needed, and you will develop knowledge and understanding by applying your learning and skills in a work-related context. All progression Level 1 pathways will include Functional Skills English and Maths up to Level 1 and a Work Skills qualification. Achievement at Level 1 is essential for progression to Level 2 course.

In addition, to the subject specific pathways listed throughout this prospectus, a Progression 1 Vocational Tasters course is available to sample many different subject areas.