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An Intro to the University Centre Truro and Penwith

The University Centre Truro & Penwith allows you to learn what you love, where you love. Take a look at what UCTP has to offer here.

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Published Thursday 23 November 2023

For 25 years, the University Centre Truro and Penwith has been delivering career-focused courses to set up students for the future. From Art and Design to Construction, Media and Photography to Nursing and Allied Health, there will be a course that suits you right here in Cornwall. Find out all about what the University Centre Truro and Penwith has to offer here.

The University Centre, based in Fal at Truro College and Penberth at Penwith College, offers a huge range of qualifications including HNC/HND’s, Foundation Degrees, BA and BSc, and Higher-Level Apprenticeships. The variety of courses is also vast, with the University Centre offering courses in Nursing, Sport, Humanities, Computing & IT, Business & Law, Teacher Training and many more.

A photo of the Fal building at Truro and Penwith College. It is sunny and there are no clouds in the sky. One person in a hoodie is walking towards the building in the distance.
The Fal building at Truro College is home to a wide array of Higher Education courses.

Every course at the University Centre Truro and Penwith has access to bespoke facilities to aid learners in gaining their qualifications. Cleeve Jenkins, the Deputy Team Leader for the HE team, gave details to a few of the facilities that the University Centre has to offer: “We have film studios, green screen studios and the technology to go along with them, as well as a brand-new lecture theatre with lecture capture to allow students to rewatch lectures at home, as well as watch lectures which are taking place live at another campus. We also have simulation suites for Nursing and Allied Health courses, which is incredible.

“There are study pods, which are quiet and allow you to have independent study. Then outside of the University Centre buildings we have some facilities, for example the Silversmithing students will use the dedicated workshop space in the White building and have their lectures in Fal.”

The plethora of facilities is not the only reason why the University Centre is a great choice for Higher Education. Cleeve also spoke about the benefits of choosing the University Centre: “The University Centre has great student support; the smaller size of the University Centre and its class sizes are an advantage for many students. For a lot of people, they finish college and find at University that they are in a group with 90 or 100 students, and that doesn’t match their learning style. As our groups are much smaller, students can have more 1-1 time with their lecturer.

“We also have dedicated student support officers who can take the time to learn our students’ needs, meaning we offer a very supportive environment to learn.”

A student sits in the library at the University Centre Truro & Penwith
There is a huge range of resources in the Learning Centres for University Centre students.

As a student at the University Centre Truro and Penwith, you will also have access to Career Connect, a digital platform which is available for 3 years after you graduate and during your time at the University Centre. The platform allows you to access job opportunities, as well as appointments with the University Centre’s Careers Advisors.

Careers and Employability Lead for the University Centre Louise Clarke gave details about the wide range of careers support available: “We want our students to have confidence in approaching fulfilling opportunities after graduation. Careers support is available to our University Centre and Access students in terms of a range of resources and individual advice and guidance. This can include help with identifying and developing skills and strengths, exploring job roles and further study options, assistance with CVs, applications and cover letters, advice on interview preparation and techniques, and help with preparing to enter employment.

“I am always pleased to see students in our Careers Room in the Learning Centre and to offer support via email and Teams, as well as in face-to-face appointments. We are here to help you explore, plan and compete for opportunities in order to secure employment or further study after your course, this includes three years career support post-graduation.”

An adult student sits in an office with our Careers and Employability lead looking over some documents.
The Careers team at the University Centre can help you with any questions or concerns relating to your next steps after University.

For those who want to go back into education, a great option at the University Centre is the Access to Higher Education courses, which bridges the gap between Level 3 and Level 4 study. Access courses are open to anyone and help teach you study skills and academic referencing. By studying an Access course and then going on to study a HND or Foundation Degree also at the University Centre, you can be reimbursed for the Access course’s fees. To find out more about Access courses, take a look at the Access to HE page on our website.

It can always be handy to hear from students currently at the University Centre before making your choice. You can read stories from University Centre students about their experiences on our website.

We can’t wait to welcome you to the University Centre Truro and Penwith!

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