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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

Poppy’s Story

Poppy is able to go further during her time at Truro College by being a part of the brand-new Accelerate Programme, which aids academically minded STEM students into highly competitive HE and University places.
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Ali’s Story

Ali has learnt how to swim after taking advantage of the College's Health, Wellbeing and Sport (HWS) programme alongside his A Level studies and the College's Accelerate Programme for gifted students.
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Ziji. A Level Maths, Further Maths, Geography and Computer Science at Penwith College.

Ziji’s Story

Following in the footsteps of his sister, who enjoyed a great experience at Penwith College, Ziji, from Penzance, studied A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Geography and Computer Science, achieving outstanding grades of A*, A*, A, A and is now ready for his next adventure at the University of Oxford. 
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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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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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