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Access to HE Students’ Celebrate Achievements at Special Event

Students came together with their friends, family and tutors to celebrate their hard work and dedication over the last year.

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Published Wednesday 19 July 2023

With students now ready for their next steps, it was the perfect opportunity for a celebration before students progress to University in a variety of routes including Nursing, Midwifery, Film, Game Design, Law, Politics and Computer Science.

The event held in the University Centre building at Truro College acknowledged student’s outstanding achievements and recognised the transformative impact of these courses on their lives.

students holding certificates at an awards evening at the university centre.
Family and friends joined students to celebrate their completion of their Access courses

Access to Higher Education Coordinator at Truro College, Jolene Hogan said: “’It was such a pleasure to be able to celebrate everyone’s success in person.

“I am so proud to teach on a course that helps people achieve long-held career aspirations and is truly life changing. I have such admiration for mature students who are incredibly brave when they decide to embark on an Access Diploma. Every year we are impressed by their perseverance and resilience.”

students holding certificates at an awards evening at the university centre.
Access to Creative Arts and Access to Media & Photography students celebrated with their tutors after receiving their certificates

Access to Higher Education courses provide individuals with a second chance to unlock their potential and embark on a journey towards fulfilling their educational aspirations. These courses offer a stepping-stone for students who may have faced barriers or taken non-traditional paths, equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to progress to Higher Education.

The evening concluded with guest speaker Tim Guy, Trustee for the Duchy Hospital presenting their prestigious annual Health and Wellbeing award. A delighted Carly Lobb, who studied the Access to Nursing and Human Sciences course at Truro College received the award for ‘Most worthy Cornwall-based student studying on the Access to learning course’. Carly is set to progress onto a Paramedic Science degree in September.

students holding certificates at an awards evening at the university centre.
Carly celebrated with her son after winning the Duchy Health Charity award

Tim commented: “Duchy Health Charity is thrilled to present this award to Carly. We understand that she will continue her training as a paramedic and we wish her success in her future career. Well done to all the staff at Truro College too for their dedicated work in bringing much needed new young talent into our National Health Service. It’s a great time to join!”

Access courses run for nine months and give students equivalent to three A Levels on completion. Applications for courses are still open for 2023. For more information on courses at both Truro and Penwith College please visit

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