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Accelerate is our bespoke STEM programme of study for academically
minded A Level students with a passion for their subjects,
excellent work-ethic and high ambitions towards competitive HE and

What is the accelerate programme?

At Truro and Penwith College, we recognise that success in Higher Education and university is not only about academic excellence, but also about fostering wellbeing and developing leadership and social skills that will enable you to confidently step into the world and manifest positive change in society and the world at large.

Where timetabling allows, you will be taught together as a group for some A Level STEM subjects. In addition to your choice of 3 or 4 A Level subjects, you will take part in at least one STEM based Academy to enrich your classroom learning, and you are strongly encouraged to complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

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Successful students at Penwith College with Oxford and Cambridge boards

Oxbridge Support

The Oxbridge Support Programme is a supplementary support programme which works alongside Accelerate. If you are aiming for Oxbridge, you will be guided by the Oxbridge Support team.

You will be offered a comprehensive package to ensure that your university application is competitive and stands its own weight when compared to other applicants. This includes super-curricular and enrichment opportunities, individual help with your Oxbridge personal statement, mock interviews and open day visits, among others.

Accelerate Curriculum
A Level Subjects

Study at least two of the following:



Computer Science*


Environmental Science*


Further Maths


*not taught in Accelerate groups

Specific Accelerate groups not currently available at Penwith campus

STEM-based Academies

Join at least one of the following:

Allied Health








STEM Research

Super-Curriculars & STEM Enrichment

Outreach opportunities

Oxbridge support

Student research conference

Olympiads and competitions


Talks by professionals

Opportunities for work experience


Study skills

Regular academic progress reviews

Development of meta-cognition

1:1 university application support

Personal development


Leadership and social skills

our stories

Image of Derek who studied Chemistry, Law and Psychology with the Law Academy.

Derek’s Story

Derek hopes to progress to study Law at University, and has taken several extra curricular opportunities to compliment his studies at Truro and Penwith College, including enrolling in the Law Academy, becoming a Student Ambassador and part of the Student Council.
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Amy is stood smiling outside in a dark jacket with her hands in her pockets. She studied A Level Art & Design, Physics, Mathematics and Further Maths.

Amy’s Story

Amy has completed her A Levels at Penwith College and has received an offer from Cambridge University to study Engineering.
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Tara’s Story

With the support of the College’s Medics Academy Tara has received an offer to study Medicine at university in pursuit of her dream career.
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Abi’s Story

Abi had the confidence to apply for Medicine thanks to the Medics Academy and the help of her tutor, Emily, and has been successful in securing offers at top universities.
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Inspiring lecturers that bring science to life really helped me decide what I wanted to do after College.

Amelie - Biochemistry at St Anthony’s College, University of Oxford
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To find out more about the programme contact our Accelerate Coordinator:

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