Essential English

Come and study English in beautiful Cornwall tucked away in the south-west of England.

Truro & Penwith College is ranked as one of the top ten colleges in the UK. We run a wide selection of ESOL / EFL courses around our various campuses in Cornwall. Students come from all over the world to study on our English language programmes.

Our classes run all year round and new students are welcome to join our courses at any time.

Our courses are completely flexible so that you can choose exactly when you want to study. Please have a look at our timetables to see our varied programme.

We provide classes in various places around Cornwall, with our main centres in Truro, Newquay and Penzance. Once you are a student at the college you are welcome to attend classes in any of these locations.

We have a number of outreach centres where we teach English to students in rural communities. We also work closely with employers in Cornwall to offer a variety of courses in the workplace. Our courses are available to anyone who would like to practise and improve their English skills.

We have specialised classes catering for all levels from beginners to advanced. Our classes have a communicative approach while also focusing on improving all 4 language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

All our classes are taught by professionally qualified experienced tutors. We ensure that class sizes are kept small so that you will get the individual attention you need to develop your English.

If you require, we can also offer 1 to 1 private tuition.

As a Cambridge examinations centre, we offer the Cambridge FCE, CAE and CPE exams twice a year in June and December. In addition to this, we also offer preparation classes for the IELTS exam. Please read our exams section for further information.

For students interested in settling in the UK we offer ESOL Skills for Life & Functional Skills English exams on a monthly basis. We also run a UK Citizenship course which can be studied both to learn about the UK and to assist you gain British Citizenship. This course is recognized by the Home Office.

In order to get the latest accurate information on visa and nationality applications please consult your local British embassy and the UK Border Agency website.

Whether you are planning to come to Cornwall for a short stay or for longer, you will find it is a fantastic part of the UK to visit and live in. We are surrounded by wonderful countryside and some of the finest beaches in the world.

Classes run from Monday to Saturday and you can choose how many hours a week you want to study, from just one class a week, to an intensive course of up to 20 hours a week.