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Penwith College Open Evening and Masterclasses – Thursday

Meet the staff, tour the campus and find out about life as a student at one of the best colleges in the country.

Attending an Open Event is a great opportunity to explore the campus, see our specialist facilities and speak to our teaching staff. We are here to answer any questions that you might have and help you to make an application. More than that, at this event we are offering year 10/11 masterclasses so that you can have an immersive experience. Please scroll down for more information.


What To Expect

There is a lot to see and do at an Open Event, so come to Sennen reception and we will provide you with an event guide when you arrive which will help you find your way around campus. Each course will have a dedicated location on the campus, so we recommend that you choose a selection of courses that you are interested in from your guide, and head over to those locations for more details. When you arrive at your destination, our friendly team of tutors and staff will be waiting to give you more information about the course and help with any queries you may have.

Masterclass students should then register in the Zennor building 5 mins before their class is due to start.

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At the event we are offering a series of masterclasses in some of our vocational subjects to give you an opportunity to experience what a class might be like if you choose that subject to study at College. These are aimed at year 11 but year 10 are welcome to join in.
Booking is essential for these courses as places are limited.

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5pm Masterclasses

Hairdressing: Change your colour, change your whole outlook. Join us to learn how to colour hair such as freehand Balayage, woven foils and block colouring/lightening.

Bricklaying: functional, artistic, sustainable – Bricklaying can be all these things. The masterclass task will be to construct a semi-circular brick arch. Learn the tricks and the skills of this sought after trade.

Painting & Decorating: It’s not all about wallpaper!! P&D can be creative, set the mood of a room, as well as decorative. In this masterclass, stencilling, mixing colour, create different effects and see the results.

5.15pm Masterclasses

Childcare & Education: Tell a story, make a puppet, make learning fun. In this masterclass you will make a puppet or mask that supports learning and consider how props make learning more memorable.

IT:  Cryptography, murder, mystery? Whilst Cryptography is an ancient concept it has never been more in demand as it forms part of Cybersecurity. Solve a Murder Mystery by decrypting cryptographic clues that will help find the suspect, room and weapon used, based around the concept of Cluedo.

Media: Lets get creative! Combine technical and creative techniques to create engaging and informative visuals for your business or brand.

Hospitality: Do you dream of becoming a Sushi master? Start your journey with this masterclass where you will cook and season the rice, preparing fish and vegetable fillings and learn how rolling techniques using Nori.

6.15pm Masterclasses

Health & Social Care – considering midwifery or nursing? This masterclass investigates glorious technicolour poo and what health conditions this can indicate. Prospective midwives get your rulers out and measure the stages of childbirth.

Beauty Therapy: What do your nails say about you? Learn how the professionals apply polish and the importance of nail preparation and care.

Business: Why do you buy what you buy? Who decides what is cool? It’s all about the brand – colour, design, price…. Who is the target market? Join us and create your own brand.

Carpentry & Joinery:  a career that can take you global! Have a go and see whether you have what it takes to plan, measure, cut and construct with wood. Accuracy, hand-eye coordination and a good work ethic is a must!

Art and Design: Get stuck in! Join us making pinch pots. These humble vessels, shaped by pinching and molding clay with the fingers, not only serve as a testament to early human ingenuity but also form the basis for more advanced ceramic artistry.

Computer Games Design: Don’t be an NPC. Join the masterclass ’24’ and create your own game character. Explore and discuss ideas using past and current students work, learn simple shape and colour theoretical approaches and then create your character in Photoshop.

6.30pm Masterclasses

Sport – Technology and biomechanics. Investigate the use of technology to analyse biomechanical characteristics of physical potential and sporting performance for research and injury prevention. Arrive wearing sports kit (including trainers) and bring a drink.

Music: Meet, practise, play! Collab with fellow musicians to form a 60-minute band. Our team will guide you through the creative process to learn, rehearse and deliver a well-executed performance to be proud of. The Level 2 and 3 music courses are very practical and include performance and production modules. 


All talks will take place in the  Zennor building

Principals Address 5.15pm – the Principal, Martin Tucker, will give a talk which includes the vast array of different types of qualifications to suit a variety of learning styles and interests, the opportunities that college offer your young people, and how we inspire students to reach further to achieve their true potential. (30 min)

Student Support at Truro and Penwith College 6.15pm – The college offers a wide support network to all students during their time a college, come and join us to find out how our team can help you/your young person to achieve their potential. This talk will give you a brief overview of the support available at college and how to access it and will include: pastoral support, careers support, academic support/learning support, the role of the tutor, financial support, counselling and mental health support and the enrichment and our heath and wellbeing programme. (45min)

Apprenticeships 7.15pm – Find out about this work-based qualification that enables you to gain real life experience and earn while you learn. (30 min)

You will also have the opportunity to speak to other departments at the College, including Student Services, Careers, Transport, Enrichment and more.

If you’re already interested in joining our College, you can visit our Application Station where staff will be able to help you make an application for a course. You can also apply online at a later date if you need more time to go through your options.

Be sure to pick up as much information as you can. There will be a lot to take in during the event, so taking some information away with you will make your discussions at home a lot easier. Grab a prospectus and other literature before you leave and make notes on your event guide while you talk with members of staff.

There is plenty of parking onsite and there are bus stops on the main road outside of the campus. To view the latest and upcoming timetables please visit the First Website.


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