Cornwall Film & Beacon Media in conjunction with The European Social Fund for Widening participat

ion are proud to announce a new major skills project fro Cornwall:


Film crew at work

Who’s it for?

This Widening Participation aims to improve pathways from vocational programmes to higher education and to increase access for all to higher level skills training through innovative and flexible access routes which address barriers to participation. Targeting those least likely to access HE including part-time employees, older workers and other disengaged and disadvantaged groups.

The project will be delivered across the whole of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with particular interventions aimed at HE cold spots.The focus of the project is working with employed or self-employed participants.  By exception, a small proportion of participants can be unemployed or economically inactive, e.g. response to redundancy, higher level skills need.

Participants should be without a relevant qualification at Level 4. There are no fixed prior attainment requirements. Activities shall be delivered in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Priority Groups Include: employed females, participants aged 54 and over, participants from ethnic minorities, participants with disabilities & single adult household with dependent children.
We’ll also be working with partners such as Cornwall College, Truro and Penwith College, Exeter University and the Isles of Scilly Council and plan to directly address:

Register your interest today for:

Portfolio development courses

Participants will work towards units from the UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology, designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the media sector.  Held over 10 weeks of 3 hr evening sessions.  The Unit that requires participants, through a process of research, dialogue, reflection and evaluation, to identify and prepare for specific Higher Education or employment progression routes appropriate to their ambitions. It will give participants the opportunity to explore aspects of entrepreneurship and marketing and enable them to demonstrate the practical, intellectual and communication skills necessary for progression. The short courses will provide students with opportunities to develop and utilise broad, transferable skills by encouraging an ethos of personal and professional development. These include: Initiative independent inquiry : Creative thinking : Reflective learning : Team-working : Self-management : Effective participation : Problem solving & Communication. Participants will be expected to develop their personal practice with 35 hrs of independent work. Portfolios would typically include personal reflective journals, workbooks, notebooks, blogs, research portfolios, written critiques, essays, presentations, moving image and digital recordings.

Higher Level Skills Activity days

CFF we will hold 3 different Higher Level Skills Activity days with different media focuses including photography, animation, advertising, digital content, broadcast, digital visualisation, television and film production. Participants will be encouraged not to drop in but to attend half day sessions and provided with different activities . (The minimum participation time is 4 hrs)


Outreach activity has been developed to work directly with groups outside of a formal learning environment, to nurture and encourage engagement with anyone who has been out of education ie.  participants aged 54 and over and part-time workers for some time. We are happy to work with organisation that have an existing network and hobby interest groups to target specific participants and achieve greater geographical coverage across Cornwall.  The activity could be a session on ‘better photos on your phone’ ‘family vlogging’ ‘short story’ and will signpost PT & FT course options in the county, together with information on activity days and CFF portfolio building short courses.

Eventbrite - ESF Get Creative Skills SessionSign Up our 1st outreach session will be on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at The Poly | 24 Church Street | TR11 3EG Falmouth | United Kingdom.

Use this form to register your interest in all the programme activities.


The project is receiving up to £36,713 of funding from the European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit