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Your guide to Truro and Penwith College Campuses

Four campuses, one quality experience; find out all you need to know about Truro and Penwith's campuses across Cornwall in this guide.

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Published Monday 23 October 2023

Truro and Penwith College has campuses across the county, allowing students from all over Cornwall and beyond to look, reach and go further.

From the Truro campus in the bustling city, to the calm, tranquil atmosphere at Tregye and Penwith, to the high-tech hub of the new STEM and Health Skills Centre in Bodmin, there will be a campus that suits your needs right on your doorstep.

In this guide, you can find out more about the state-of-the-art facilities and courses provided at each campus, to help you decide which location is right for you.


Truro College

Truro College, on the outskirts of Truro, is a lively and large campus which hosts a wide range of courses and advanced facilities.

13 buildings across the campus are home to many courses and industry-standard learning environments, from occupational courses such as Automotive, Construction, Hair & Beauty and Hospitality, to A Level and Diploma subjects such as Science, Performing Arts, Media Studies, Art & Design and many more!

If you want to study outside of A Levels and Diplomas, Truro College also offers Apprenticeships and the internationally recognised International Baccalaureate as alternatives. Truro and Penwith College is also Cornwall’s only provider of the new T Level qualification, which you can read about in another guide on our website. The Fal building is home to the University Centre Truro & Penwith offering over 40 Higher Education subjects in more than 10 subject areas including Nursing, Computing, Media and Photography, Humanities and much more.

Truro College is home to a plethora of bespoke, state-of-the-art facilities, including the £7.3 million Institute of Technology Valency building, which houses a huge workshop full of industry-standard equipment for future Engineers along with high-tech Digital suites. Hi-tech Electric Vehicle Labs prepare Automotive students for future employment while Inspiration Salon allows Hair & Beauty students to hone their skills offering their services to paying customers.

Creative juices flow in a huge range of photography studios, 3D printing facilities, music production technology and performing arts theatres, while new Science labs help students explore the world around us and beyond, and that’s just the start! No matter which course you choose at Truro College, you will be working with expert lecturers and the latest high-tech facilities.

You can grab a bite to eat on the Truro campus in the Kenwyn, Helford, Mylor and Seaton buildings, some of which offer Starbucks cafes. You can also check out the Allen building’s Spires training restaurant and coffee shop to sample the work of your peers. You can find out more about food options at Truro and Penwith College through our handy guide.


Truro College's Lynher building in the sunshine. Students are walking past, conversing with one another.
Truro College is a bustling campus in Cornwall’s city.


Penwith College

Penwith College in Penzance has a close-knit, energetic student atmosphere and incorporates historic buildings with innovative facilities for all learners. With stunning views over Mounts Bay, students at Penwith benefit from a unique and personal experience.

Facilities at Penwith College include cutting-edge video games labs, the Inspiration Salon where Hair & Beauty students deliver services to paying clients, sports halls, the latest artificial sports pitches, Senara, the UK’s Best College restaurant at the 2022 AA Hospitality Awards, and much more.

Penwith College is ideal for those who want to experience a nationally leading college in West Cornwall with access to state-of-the-art facilities and industry-expert lecturers. There are courses exclusive to Penwith that you won’t find at Truro College such as Painting and Decorating Diplomas, Information Technology Level 3 Diploma, Music Performance & Production Level 3 Diploma and Philosophy of Religion & Ethics to name a few.

The University Centre Truro & Penwith also delivers Higher Education courses in the Penberth building. HNC/HND Fine Art is exclusive to the Penwith campus with the location perfect to get creative juices flowing, along with the brand-new FdSc Health & Wellbeing that is also only found at Penwith.

With a huge choice of A Levels, T Levels, full-time Vocational qualifications and Apprenticeships with local employers, Penwith is the perfect place to study and grow in West Cornwall.

You can enjoy food with friends in the Zennor and Porthcurno buildings, which offer reasonably priced meals and snacks. You can also visit the nationally-leading training restaurant Senara to try the culinary delights created by fellow students. Senara has not only won the AA College Restaurant of the Year award but also the Traveler’s Choice award from TripAdvisor, offering locals and visitors fine dining at a fraction of the cost.


Aerial shot of Penwith College in Penzance, with the ocean in the distance.
Penwith College has stunning views over Mount’s Bay.

Tregye Campus

The Tregye campus in Carnon Downs consists of a Grade 2 listed manor house surrounded by purpose-built facilities in the Cornish countryside. The campus is a calm learning environment that encourages reflective and creative practice and is home to the intensive one-year Foundation Diploma in Art and Design from the University Centre Truro & Penwith, which allows learners to try their hand at a wide range of Art & Design techniques and disciplines in order to unlock their creative potential.

The College’s range of seminars for adult Career and Professional Development also take place at Tregye, along with a full suite of Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualifications from Level 2 – 7, coaching Cornwall’s budding supervisors and senior leaders through their management journey.

The campus is recognised as a Centre of Excellence by City and Guilds thanks to levels of learner success on Institute of Leadership and Management qualifications.

Nestled into the countryside, Tregye is a calm environment to inspire your creativity.

STEM and Health Skills Centre

The newest addition to Truro and Penwith College’s campuses is the multi-million-pound STEM and Health Skills Centre in Bodmin, serving North and East Cornwall. The campus is purpose-built for a wide range of STEM and Health subjects and has facilities such as Nursing Simulation suites that train the future of Cornwall’s NHS, Care environments, state-of-the-art Engineering workshops, IT suites and the latest technology incorporated in its teaching rooms. With courses for school leavers as well as University-level students and Career & Professional Development for adults, there is something to suit a wide-range of students interested in STEM and Health skills.

The STEM and Health Skills Centre has strong connections with local employers such as Wildanet, Imerys and Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to name a few, helping students get into STEM and Healthcare careers straight after college.

An image of the a corner of the Ottery building with blue sky and white clouds.
The newest addition to T&PC campuses allows students in North and East Cornwall to go further in STEM and Health careers.

Every campus has great transport links, with bus routes that drop students straight to the campus or within the close vicinity. Find out more about transport to Truro and Penwith College campuses in our guide.

No matter where you are in Cornwall, there will be advanced facilities and a friendly atmosphere waiting for you at all of the Truro and Penwith College campuses across the county.

To discover the facilities and meet our expert staff for yourself, register your place at one of our Open Events. 

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