Student Services

We can provide you with free, impartial advice on careers, courses, jobs and training for all age groups. Even if you're not a student at the College, we can help.

How can we help you?

Whether you're a student, an employer or someone looking to find work, we can help. We run a variety of services offering advice, guidance, facilities and resources for the Cornish community.

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We offer a huge range of vocational and academic courses at various levels of study. Our students have access to extensive facilities, including sports halls, learning centres and IT suites, and a catalogue of up-to-date resources.

Our team are also here to give you any support, advice or counselling you need, whether you want help applying for university, information on employment or personal and emotional support, our fully-trained staff are here to help.


If you're an employer, our team of Business Development Advisers are happy to give you a free consultation to discuss funding, training, Apprenticeships and business development plans.

Please visit our buisiness page for a more detailed breakdown of what we can do for you.


The College has held an Investor in Careers Award since 1996, in recognition of the comprehensive service we provide. We have a commitment to giving impartial, supportive and timely careers guidance to all students.

Advice and guidance

If you need help finding work, our careers advisers can help you in a variety of ways. They can guide you through any aspect of the employment process, from identifying which careers you'll enjoy and excel in and suggesting possible training, to giving you advice on writing your CV, attending interviews and applying for work placements.

As a student, you are entitled to careers education and guidance from tutors and course lecturers, programme and deputy team leaders and the careers coordinator. Our careers coordinator visits tutor groups, conducts individual interviews and works in close partnership with Careers South West advisers. Students have the opportunity to discuss their personal progression routes and receive support in making decisions appropriate to their needs. You will find a range of careers literature and software available in the Student Services areas and in the Learning Services Areas.

Book an appointment

Appointments can be made via Student Services or by contacting Tracey Aulton. Email Tracey at or call 01872 265823.


University is the exciting next step for many of our students. If you want to progress on to Higher Education, we'll help you get there.

We'll guide you

Staff at Truro and Penwith College are very experienced in dealing with university applications and the vast majority of our students who go on to Higher Education achieve their first choice.

You will be guided through the application process by your Personal Tutor who will also help you with your personal statement and write your reference. Information about student loans and their repayment will also be provided, as well as guidance on applying for the bursaries and scholarships universities offer, and which do not have to be repaid.

For more information on student loans, vist our funding page.

Gap years

A gap year is usually taken between finishing your course at the College and starting at university, allowing time for all kinds of possibilities before beginning Higher Education.


A gap year offers many opportunities. You might want to travel the world, gain work experience relevant to your new course, or take up paid employment to save for your time at university.

Staff in Student Services can offer help and advice on the range of opportunities available and signpost students to useful resources. If you are planning to study maths, physics or another subject which involves a lot of formulae, we advise you to contact your chosen universities to check that a gap year is acceptable.

Guidance interviews

You can book a guidance interviews with us for help with anything of the above. Interviews last for up to an hour. You may need further appointments, which can be made if necessary.

Booking an interview

To book an interview, contact us by email or phone on the details below.

Before you come in, we’ll send you any information we need on request. We work to the National Information Advice and Guidance Board’s principles. This means we offer a confidential and impartial service, given by trained staff, which is centred on your needs and recognises equal opportunities.

Contact Student Services

If you want to talk to Student Servcies, you can ring us on 01872 265823 (Truro) or 01736 335120 (Penwith). Alternatively, you can email us at or

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