University courses at Eden
- Courses taught at Eden
- Awarded by Plymouth University
- Start September each year
Study for a university-level degree at the Eden Project in Horticulture, Plant Science, Garden and Landscape Design, Event Management, Renewable Energy, Land and Ecological Restoration, or Certificates in Education. Our next open day is on 9 February.
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We offer a range of university-level degrees taught at our world-famous site. These are taught by Cornwall College's expert trainers in the Eden Project’s unique learning environment, and are awarded by Plymouth University.
Why study at the Eden Project?
- get a recognised higher education qualification, alongside hands-on practical experience at a world-famous visitor attraction and garden;
- study in a unique learning environment, with teaching facilities based at the Eden Project itself, renowned for its horticulture, sustainable event management, and unique approach to tourism;
- benefit from the experience of industry professionals, as you learn from Eden staff and guest lecturers during taught modules;
- enjoy access to Cornwall College facilities at seven sites across the county, including horticultural research units at Duchy College Rosewarne, libraries, IT and all student support services. Students will also have access to the Library and Student Union in Plymouth.
Subjects and courses on offer
The following courses are available for either part-time or full-time study, starting in September each year. Studying on a full-time basis, HNDs and Foundation degrees (FdSc and FdA) take two academic years to complete; a BSc takes three years; a BSc top-up takes one year.
These courses are ideal for individuals wanting to build an exciting career in horticulture – and have been carefully designed to meet identified skills gaps within the UK horticultural industry.
They combine practical opportunities at the Eden Project site – including the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes, the Outdoor Gardens, the nursery and the quarantine centre – with a clear programme of study and scientific exploration.
Students benefit from working alongside Eden’s skilled and specialist horticulturalists, while also having access to the nationally renowned micro-propagation research facility of Duchy College Rosewarne. The course is awarded by Plymouth University.
Read about how our first year cohort won a national competition to create a show garden at Hampton Court Flower Show, and how one of our students won the prestigious Student Design Award at the fifth annual Society of Garden Designers Awards.
'I can’t speak highly enough of the course, and the whole experience of studying at Eden and Duchy College has been great. They are both inspirational places in which to learn.'
Richard Riddell, Garden Design course student
'It’s just an amazing place to be, especially for a Horticulture degree you have such a wealth of plants here... There is just so much to look at and studying the theory on the course, you can just come down here and see it all in real life, it brings the course alive.'
John, Plant Science student
This course equips students with professional leadership and business management skills, combined with specialist knowledge of the event management industry.
Students have opportunities to work alongside Eden staff in organising a variety of events, at an organisation which runs conferences, weddings and parties, as well as gigs.
Creative problem-solving and client collaboration is central to the course. Students get to experience event management first-hand at a visitor attraction that balances day visitors and event clients and operates within a challenging and varied environment, ranging from traditional meeting rooms to a tropical rainforest. The course is awarded by Plymouth University.
This innovative programme is designed to enable you to enter the renewable energy field and make a difference. You'll learn how low carbon technologies work, where they can be implemented and how to recognise and overcome the challenges that will confront you.
You'll not only build your theoretical understanding of how renewable energy technologies work, but will spend time solving real life problems, often in teams, just as you would in the workplace.
You'll learn to use a range of IT skills, such as CAD and GIS, together with open source presentational and analytical software. In addition, you'll get experience in how to make projects actually happen – how they might be funded, how communities might be engaged and how the planning system works. The course is awarded by Plymouth University.
'I’m now doing a part time PhD at Canterbury Christchurch University... A lot of the work that I did at Duchy has enabled me to move on to the PhD and I’m really happy to be building on that.'
Naomi Beddoe, Plant Science student
Land and Ecological Restoration
This course aims to develop a holistic understanding of the process of restoring degraded sites and ecosystems.
You will learn how to identify restoration priorities, engage stakeholders, plan, implement and monitor programmes of restoration, evaluate the success of activities, and plan aftercare.
You will develop a thorough understanding of the theoretical framework underpinning practical techniques together with the project management and employability competencies necessary to lead and contribute to restoration activities in the UK and abroad.
During the course you will also have the unique opportunity to visit one of the Eden Project’s international development sites, such as Eden Qingdao – the Eden Project’s new site in China. You will contribute to site survey, assessment and restoration of reclaimed and environmentally-damaged land and learn the techniques used by Eden’s partners in the creation of new visitor attractions. The course is awarded by Plymouth University.
This programme is designed for people with commitment to teaching in further education, community education, work-based learning, offender learning and similar public sector and voluntary settings. The award incorporates the Diploma in Education & Training.
The programme supports you in becoming an effective and well-informed teacher of your chosen subject. You will follow a core programme where you will be involved in presentations, seminars, practical workshops, tutorials, lectures and directed study through our learning centre and virtual learning environment.
You will follow a teaching practice programme of at least 100 contact hours, where you will also get invaluable help from other experienced teachers of your subject. Your tutor will support both parts of your training and alongside other experienced teachers regularly observe your teaching.
The programme will underpin an application for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status. A teaching placement is a requirement of this programme and is integral to the assessment of modules. The course is awarded by Plymouth University.
Get in touch
You can find out more about these courses, which begin in September each year, from the Cornwall College website – where you can get practical information about being a student and how to apply. Or why not book a call back with the course team, who can answer any questions you have? You can also come to one of our Open Days at the Eden Project.