Our dedicated team of Business Development Advisors will come out and talk to you before working with expert tutors and trainers to design training to match your needs. With state-of-the-art facilities, we’ve invested in centres for engineering and manufacturing, IT, hospitality and catering, hairdressing, health and social care, and construction to provide the best training environments possible.

Very, very pleased with Truro and Penwith College. From the moment we met there was a clear plan put in place to help us with our company needs… I really appreciate and value the relationship we have with you and look forward to new and exciting learning opportunities in the near future.

Zara Devereux, Customer Service Manager, Tate St Ives

Business skills workshops

We run a range of one-day courses on a variety of business topics, delivered by business leaders to develop and refresh skills including social media, project management, people management and budgets.

Professional qualifications

A full range of professional of professional qualifications in a diverse range of areas from HR to Accountancy, leadership and management, marketing and social media, health and safety, engineering, health and social care and project management are all available with flexible start dates and locations Qualifications are run from entry level to degree level in small interactive groups  with expert tutors delivering exceptional results.

Apprenticeship training programmes

In over 30 areas from creative and digital media, marketing and IT to business administration, customer service, construction, hairdressing, health and social care, accountancy and childcare, an Apprenticeship programme is suitable for anyone over 16 that’s starting a new job or employed and looking to learn while they earn. Programmes are a minimum of one year and include support and coaching at work as well as completing a course with the College.

Job Shop

The Job Shop can connect you with our learners, and has already worked with a wide range of different employers, including Seasalt, Adventure Learning, The Headland Hotel, Disability Cornwall and Thomas Cook, NatWest Bank and Haven Holidays to name but a few. The Job Shop can advertise your vacancies and run recruitment campaigns within the college, prepare and arrange students for interview to ensure that you have access to the best candidates.

Work Placements - All our students are keen to get out into the working environment and undertake work placements. The Job Shop can advertise possible placements in your business; whether it is for a couple of days to help out at a busy time or something more concrete like 1 or 2 days a week. The clip below provides details of work placement learning within the college environment.

Enterprise Learning - The Job Shop provides opportunities for businesses to get involved in Enterprise Learning. Enterprise Learning allows students to undertake real life projects for businesses. Examples so far have been designing websites for local hotels, undertaking a social media campaign for a community group as well running marketing campaigns for sports clubs. The process involves students meeting a local company, obtaining a project brief, undertake the project using the colleges resources and then presenting their ideas and materials back to the company who are then able to use any of the student’s ideas or resources if desired.

Please contact the Job Shop Coordinator on 01872 308258 for further details. 

Degree level short courses

Our SUCCESS courses are modules from degree programmes, focusing on specific business skills. They are accredited by Plymouth University and can be studied either as a single specialist topic or by creating a tailored management development programme with three SUCCESS courses.


Our team can work with you on a number of business consultancy projects to help you develop proposals and plans to address particular business priorities.

Get in touch

For a free consultation with one of our Business Development Advisors, call 01872 242711 or email business@truro-penwith.ac.uk.

Tell me more about levels...

  • Entry Level

    Truro and Penwith College welcomes learners who for whatever reason may not have previously been academically successful. We offer a chance for a fresh start in an outstanding college. If you have no prior qualifications, you can study as an Entry level student. Entry level courses include Foundation Studies, Employability and Vocational Studies. These routes are designed to develop your skills for future study, a job or apprenticeship, or better interaction within the community. If you’re unsure about your options or would like to find out more, get in touch.

  • Level 1

    We have a wide range of Level 1 courses. These include Foundation Studies, employability courses, vocational qualifications and Progression 1 courses. These courses will usually include English and Maths as part of the programme of study.

  • Level 2

    We offer a range of courses at Level 2. Progression 2 is for students with three GCSEs grade D or above including English and Maths and is designed to promote progression to Level 3 in the chosen pathway through the achievement of GCSE Maths and English and a Level 2 Extended Certificate in subjects such as ICT or Art & Design. We also have a wide range of vocational options in areas such as Construction and Professional Cookery. These courses often require completion of a lower level qualification before they can be started, and usually include English and Maths as part of the programme of study.

  • Level 3

    There are a broad range of Level 3 courses on offer. These courses will have entry requirements based on GCSEs or achievement of a lower level qualification. Level 3 courses include AS/A Levels, the International Baccalaureate, Extended Diplomas (equivalent to three A Levels), Subsidiary Diplomas (equivalent to one A Level) and vocational courses such as Professional Cookery. These courses may include English and/or Maths as part of the programme of study.

  • Level 4

    Level 4 study is the equivalent to the first year of a university programme, which could be a Foundation Degree, Bachelor Degree, Higher National Certificate or a Higher Apprenticeship. Progression straight from a Level 3 qualification, such as A Levels or a Diploma, is the usual route into Level 4.

  • Level 5

    Level 5 is the next step up from Level 4. The most popular progression routes after level 3 study is to enrol on a Foundation Degree or Bachelor Degree, due to this, most students will have signed up to study a Level 5 course when choosing their University course. Level 5 is the second (and final) year of a Foundation Degree and the second year of a Bachelor Degree.

  • Level 6

    Level 6 is the final year of a Bachelor Degree. These are offered as Top-Up Degrees at Truro and Penwith College which take a year to complete. Learners must have achieved a Foundation Degree to progress onto a Level 6 course.

  • Level 7

    A Level 7 qualification marks the progression from undergraduate to postgraduate and is usually undertaken after completing a degree or its equivalent. A Master Degree and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) are both Level 7 awards.

Courses breakdown