Student Services

We can provide you with free, impartial advice on careers, courses, jobs and training for all age groups. Even if you're not a student at the College, we can help.

How can we help you?

We run a variety of services offering advice, guidance and support for all students. Whether you want help applying for university, information on employment, or personal and emotional support, our fully trained team is here to help. Visit our Wellbeing page for more information on personal and emotional support.


The College has held an Investor in Careers Award since 1996, in recognition of the comprehensive service we provide. We have a commitment to giving impartial, supportive and timely careers guidance to all students and​ we are currently working towards the Quality in Careers Standard Award through Investor in Careers.

View our Parents & Carers guide to Careers

Advice and guidance

If you need help finding work, our careers advisers can help you in a variety of ways. They can guide you through any aspect of the employment process, from identifying which careers you'll enjoy and excel in and suggesting possible training, to giving you advice on writing your CV, attending interviews and applying for work placements.

As a student, you are entitled to careers education and guidance from tutors and course lecturers, programme and deputy team leaders and the careers adviser. Our careers adviser visits tutor groups, conducts individual interviews and works in close partnership with Careers South West advisers. Students have the opportunity to discuss their personal progression routes and receive support in making decisions appropriate to their needs. You will find a range of careers literature and software available in the Student Services areas and in the Learning Services Areas.

Book an appointment

Appointments can be made via Student Services or by contacting Tracey Aulton at Truro or Laura Kaley at Penwith. For Tracey, email or call 01872 265823; for Laura, email or call 01736 335120.


University is the exciting next step for many of our students. If you want to progress on to Higher Education, we'll help you get there.

Applying to University Level Education: Information Evenings Resources
We'll guide you

Staff at Truro and Penwith College are very experienced in dealing with university applications and the vast majority of our students who go on to Higher Education achieve their first choice.

You will be guided through the application process by your Personal Tutor who will also help you with your personal statement and write your reference. Information about student loans and their repayment will also be provided, as well as guidance on applying for the bursaries and scholarships universities offer, and which do not have to be repaid.

For more information on student loans for Higher Education, visit our funding and finance page.

Gap years

A gap year is usually taken between finishing your course at the College and starting at university, allowing time for all kinds of possibilities before beginning Higher Education.


A gap year offers many opportunities. You might want to travel the world, gain work experience relevant to your new course, or take up paid employment to save for your time at university.

Guidance interviews

You can book a guidance interview with us for help with anything of the above. Interviews last for up to an hour. You may need further appointments, which can be made if necessary.

Booking an interview

To book an interview, contact us by email or phone on the details below.

Before you come in, we’ll send you any information we need on request. We work to the National Information Advice and Guidance Board’s principles and the Career Development Institutes Code of Ethics. This means we offer a confidential and impartial service, given by trained staff, which is centred on your needs and recognises equal opportunities.

Contact Student Services

If you want to talk to Student Services, you can ring us on 01872 265823 (Truro) or 01736 335120 (Penwith). Alternatively, you can email us at (Truro (Penwith only) .

Careers Education and Guidance Policy

If any Student, Parent or member of staff would like further clarity on any aspect of this programme; or if you require a more accessible format/alternative language for any of these documents then please contact Tim Moody, Careers Coordinator – 01872 267130

The Job Shop

For details on employment opportunities, careers advice and more, visit the Job Shop page.

Financial support

Student Services can also offer financial assistance and advice. To check eligibility for bursary support for travel, free meals, childcare and equipment, see our funding and finance page.

Personal support and wellbeing

Student Services can offer advice and support on physical, mental and emotional health issues. We understand that students can come into difficulties during their studies and so can offer support via Student Services staff and a range of external organisations. Visit our wellbeing page to find out more.

Health, Wellbeing and Sport
Take a look at the programmes that our HWS team offer to help with physical and mental wellbeing

Find out more