Learning Services

We'll do everything we can to make sure that your learning is as easy and enjoyable as possible.

One-to-one maths and English tuition

Our friendly tutors can work with you on a one-to-one, small group and/or workshop basis on literacy, numeracy, revision skills, exam technique, essay writing and much more. Whether you need regular support or just a one-off, we can tailor to your needs through individualised targets and sessions scheduled to suit you. We can also show you how to access resources and software to help you become an independent learner. Contact Gemma Marshall for Truro at gemmam@truro-penwith.ac.uk or Mel Tottman for Penwith melt@truro-penwith.ac.uk.

Learning Mentors

Our Learning Mentors are here to support you to attend and ensure that you participate in successful learning. Each curriculum area has its own Learning Mentor.

Learning Support Assistants

You may have a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) when you start at the College. LSAs offer one-to-one support to ensure students they work with have equal access to the curriculum.

If you want to know more about LSAs, or think you may require one, then contact Tamsin Merritt at tamsinm@truro-penwith.ac.uk for Truro, or Chris Holmes at chrisholmes@truro-penwith.ac.uk for Penwith.

Exam access

If you think you may be entitled to exam access arrangements, you will be interviewed by an exams assessor and the examining boards contacted for permission to put the arrangements in place.

For more information, please get in touch with us. Email either Jennifer Hoare at jenniferh@truro-penwith.ac.uk for Truro, or Caroline Thomas at carolinet@truro-penwith.ac.uk for Penwith.

Transition from school

If you are a vulnerable student or have barriers to learning, you will be supported with your transition from school to college. You will be visited at school and offered special induction arrangements to ensure that you are familiar with staff and the environment long before your start date.

Students with dyslexia and other Specific Learning Disabilities (SpLDs)

If you have dyslexia or another SpLD, you will be offered support with your studies and introduced to accessible technology such as apps for computers and iPads. 

Learning Services in Mylor (Truro) and the College shop in Zennor (Penwith) houses a dyslexia shop where students may purchase specially designed equipment and coloured overlays. Visual stress tests indicate which coloured paper and screen backgrounds are most suitable to the learners.

Please contact Tamsin Merritt at tamsinm@truro-penwith.ac.uk (Truro) or Chris Holmes at chrisholmes@truro-penwith.ac.uk (Penwith) at the below emails for any support, questions or advice relating to special educational needs in mainstream.

You can also visit our foundation studies page for more information on the support we can provide.

Young College

In partnership with some of our local secondary schools, we offer a ‘Young College’ provision for groups of years 10 and 11 students wishing to study a vocational course. The vocational options range from Entry Level to Level 2. Decisions are made by schools regarding the pupils chosen to attend College.

Elected Home Educated students wishing to begin a programme of study at College should contact Tamsin Merritt for further information.


We offer a small number of subjects at GCSE level, including English, Mathematics and Science (Human Physiology and Health), which may be taken alongside other courses.

If you'd like to retake GCSEs, you will need to give consideration to the overall balance of your programme and listen very carefully to the advice you receive at interview.

If you haven't yet achieved a GCSE grade C or above in English and/or maths, we'll support you with an additional course as part of your studies. You’ll be asked to study either a GCSE or Functional Skills, depending on your previous qualifications and an initial assessment.

Lots of students, regardless of academic ability, find they need support with their course at some point. Our tutors can work with you on a one to one, small group and/or workshop basis on literacy, numeracy, revision skills, exam technique, essay writing, and much more.

Whether you need regular support or a one-off session, we can tailor our approach to your needs with sessions scheduled to suit you.