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Learning Resources in Newquay Cornwall

Updated on June 11, 2011

Learning Resources in Newquay

Although Newquay is a small town by most standards, it has roughly the same population as St Austell and Truro, but doesn't have a College like they do.  It can be a backwater for courses and learning resources.

But, if you can't travel to Truro, St Austell, or even Redruth, then what learning resources will you actually find in Newquay?  My focus here is on adult education, post-16 education.  Learning resources for vocational needs as well as for hobbies and interests.

I hope it helps you to understand what's available and where it is.  Knowledge is power - and maybe there's somewhere listed here that you simply didn't know existed, offering a course you're interested in doing.

Photo by: Buechertiger
Photo by: Buechertiger

Newquay Community Learning Centre, Tolcarne Road

You might be forgiven for having missed this tiny building, right beside the Police Station, which is beside Newquay Railway Station. The Centre can be hard to spot as it's tiny and the sign says "Adult Education Centre/Registry", not the Community Learning Centre sign you might have been expecting.

There's a car park on the corner of Tolcarne Road, which is pay and display.

Address: Newquay Community Learning Centre, Lanherne House, Tolcarne Road, Newquay, TR7 2NQ

Treviglas Community College

Treviglas partners with University of Plymouth, delivering University-level courses in a narrow range of subjects. Treviglas has a Business Academy, a Surf Academy and Technicians' Academy. Adult learners can take part in the studies at the Academies, resulting in 3 A levels and a guaranteed place at the University of Plymouth for a Surfing degree for the surf academy, whereas the IT Academy has students studying for two years to attain OCR National Level 3 qualificatiaons and CISCO Certified Network Associate status (CCNA).

There is a range of evening classes available too, through the Adult Education service.

This is a school, so there is plenty of free on-site parking.

Address: Treviglas Community College, Bradley Road, Newquay, TR7 3JA
Telephone: 01637 872076


Surf Academy:

Tretherras Community School

Tretherras is a Specialist Technology College There are a range of adult education evening classes run at Tretherras during normal term times. Details are available from the Adult Education service.

Tretherras have also partnered with the University of Worcestershire to provide a Foundation Degree course for those interested in teaching - and another one targetting people interested in working in Childrens' Services.

This is a school, so there is plenty of on-site free parking.

Address: Trevenson Road, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 3BH
Telephone: 01637 872080


Truro College Open Learning Centre

The Old Chapel was converted, about a decade ago, into the Open Learning Centre for Truro College. They offer a range of courses such as ECDL and CLAIT and they tend to be self-paced courses, so you turn up when you want and get on with the materials on your own - and there's a Tutor on hand if you have questions.

Courses run all year round are: Skills for Life, English as a 2nd Language Accountancy and the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL). Other courses are scheduled throughout the year, including Spanish, Creative Digital Photography and even Animal First Aid.

There's no real parking on site, the nearest public car park is at the end of Ennors Road, about 50 yards away. The centre is also just about 50 yards away from the main bus station in Newquay.

Opening Hours: Monday 10am-5pm; Tuesday 10am-4pm and 5pm-8pm; Wednesday 10am-4pm; Thursday 10am-4pm and 6pm-8pm; Friday 12pm to 4pm.

Address: The Old Chapel, Chapel Hill, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1ND
Telephone: 01637 850537


Cornwall College - Newquay Centre for Applied Biology

As there's a zoo in Newquay, Cornwall College run some applied biology courses from the site. As such, there are no courses here for the general public, but I included the location and brief details for completeness.

Address: Wildflower Lane, Edgcumbe Avenue, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2LZ

NFET - Newquay for Excellence Training

This is a private organisation that provide NVQs, Management Courses and courses wtih Certification. Operational for over 10 years, they are focussed on providing hospitality training and training for management of hospitality businesses.

Their clients tend to be the businesses themselves, so a hotel will use NFET to provide their staff with training, rather than individuals knocking on their door and asking about training courses.They provide training for NVQs in food preparation and cooking, food and drink service, housekeeping, front office and customer service. They also offer VRQs (Voctaionally Related Qualifications) for hospitality customer service, selling, conflict handling, customer service and selling.

Address: 79 Mount Wise, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2BP


Operational Flying Training Centre

Agusta Westland opened their Operational Flying Training Centre at Newquay Airpot in April 2010. They provide helicopter training for crews, including winch operations and mission training and helicopter pilot training.

Their clients will be the military and public sector - so, again, this isn't for members of the public to phone up and ask about going on courses, but was included out of interest and completeness.

Address: Newquay Cornwall Airport, St Mawgan, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 4RQ

Lusty Glaze Education Centre

This private organisation offers personal development courses, such as yacht sailing courses, first aid and rescue training. All courses are certified. While most of their courses are for clients who are businesses or are large/public sector bodies, there are some courses of interest to individuals.

They also offer the National Beach Lifeguard Qualification, Beach Training Assessor Award and BSA 1 and BSA 2 Surf Instructor courses.

Address: Lusty Glaze Beach, Lusty Glaze Road, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 3AE
Telephone: 01637 872444


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A markerOperational Flying Training Centre -
Newquay Cornwall Airport, Newquay, Cornwall TR8 4RQ, UK
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Business to business.

B markerTreviglas Community College -
Bradley Road, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 3JA, UK
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For the public.

C markerTretherras Community School -
Trevenson Road, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 3BH, UK
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For the public.

D markerLusty Glaze Education Centre -
Lusty Glaze Beach, Lusty Glaze Road, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 3AE, UK
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Mostly business/public sector. Some suitable for public.

E markerCornwall College - Newquay Centre for Applied Zoology -
Wildflower Lane, Edgcumbe Avenue, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 2LZ, UK
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University, not for the public.

F markerNewquay Community Learning Centre -
Newquay, Cornwall TR7 2NQ, UK
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For the public.

G markerNFET Hospitality Training for Businesses. -
Newquay, Cornwall TR7 2BP, UK
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Business to business.

H markerTruro College Open Learning Centre -
The Old Chapel, Chapel Hill, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 1ND, UK
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For the public.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, cornwall_UK- another great guide! Thanks for putting it together- it's nice to see all of the learning resources for ANY area in one place. It would be great to see this for every town in existence, hehee!