Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 16:35

The Eden Project opened its doors today (Saturday February 7, 2015) to prospective students of its exciting new range of degree courses starting later this year.

The event gave people an opportunity to find out more about the range of higher education programmes available at the home of the famous Biomes. More than 150 people from around the UK came to the event and were given tours around Eden in the bright winter sun.

The programmes, awarded by Plymouth University and delivered in partnership with The Cornwall College Group, will see students taking a degree in a range of subject areas including horticulture, event management and performance.

Richard Caddock, 24, is interested in studying horticulture and plant science and travelled from Snodland, near Maidstone in Kent for the open day. Richard said: “Eden is completely different to anywhere else in the country and it seemed like an opportunity I couldn’t really miss.”

Charlotte Russell, Eden’s Head of Learning Partnerships, said: “We were thrilled to see so many people come and engage with us on this brilliant range of courses. They have come not just from Cornwall and Devon today but from lots of different parts of the country and the response has been incredibly encouraging.

“The open day was designed as a showcase for the courses. Although the courses are starting in the autumn, there will be plenty of other opportunities for prospective students to find out more and sign up.”

The awards available at the Eden Project will include BSc (Hons) Horticulture with specialist pathways in Plant Science or Garden and Landscape Design, foundation degrees in Horticulture and Event Management and HNC/HNDs in Garden & Landscape Design and Performance, Storytelling and Interpretation*. All these programmes will be studied at Eden, following approval by awarding body Plymouth University.

Deputy CEO of the Cornwall College Group, Raoul Humphreys, said: “Eden is a unique learning environment that will broaden the horizons of the people studying there and this is a fantastic opportunity to discover more.

“This information event has been a perfect opportunity to discover more about the courses on offer as well as to discuss options with the teams from The Cornwall College Group and the Eden Project.

Raoul continued: “Our ethos is about making learning work and the ability to be able to study at somewhere like the Eden Project will better prepare our learners for their chosen career, by offering them new skills and unique experiences in one of the most inspiring places in the country.”