College celebrates another successful year with National Student Survey and Degree results

Truro and Penwith College university level students have ranked the College within the top five Higher Education providers in Cornwall and Devon for overall course satisfaction for the third year running.

Truro and Penwith College university level students have ranked the College within the top five Higher Education providers in Cornwall and Devon for overall course satisfaction for the third year running.

The College, which holds a Gold Teaching, Learning and Employability Framework (TEF) standard had a course quality satisfaction of over 80%, once again ranking the College among the top five Higher Education institutions in Devon and Cornwall. The National Student Survey (NSS) results, published annually across the UK, have been released as Higher Education students at Truro and Penwith College received their University level results this week.

Alfie Havenhand from St Austell received a First Class honours degree in BA (Hons) Education and Training. On his achievement, Alfie said: “I’m really happy that I can move on to the next step and the course has helped me to do that”. Alfie is progressing on to complete his School Centred Initial Teacher Training with Cornwall SCITT Primary, where he can gain qualified teacher status and become a primary school teacher.

Rachel Young, from St Merryn, received a First Class Honours degree in BSc (Hons) Applied Computer Technologies. Feeling emotional about her results, Rachel said: “I’m over the moon! I’m definitely going to miss the College next year. I’ve made such good friends and the lecturers are really nice. You build such a family bond with everyone”. Rachel is trying to get her foot in the door within the Computing industry and is waiting for responses from several job applications within Cornwall in front end web development and software testing.

Julia Hussey from Truro achieved a 2:1 in BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Health Science. On receiving her results, Julia said: “It’s been an epic journey. I’m eternally grateful to my lecturers for continuing to push me. It’s given me the confidence to keep going. The course has fully prepared me for work in the public sector”. Looking at continuing her studies, Julia is hoping to enrol on to a Master’s level qualification.

Truro and Penwith College Principal David Walrond said: “We are very pleased that the independent feedback from the National Student Survey has demonstrated once again a high level of student satisfaction. To be in this position for three years in a row in an indication of the strength of our University courses. The Higher Education team and lecturers continue to review and develop our provision to do everything they can to support our learners, many of whom are studying at later stages of their adult life. We know changes in Higher Education nationally are under consideration. A high-quality, local and supportive degree offer, one which is work-facing, with strong employer links and employment prospects, looks an increasingly attractive model. Our HE offer fits this description well.“ 

The College has seen some excellent results from its higher education students despite covid-19 lockdown. The continual on-line delivery of all the university level programmes enabled the students to complete their courses using online assessments. Students achieved some strong results with 79% of degree top-up graduates achieving a first or 2:1 and over 100 students graduating successfully at Foundation Degree.  

Dr Andrew Smart, the College’s Higher Education Team Leader said “these are a great set of results in difficult circumstances, but we must remember that some of our students were key workers or carers and were unable to complete as expected.  We acknowledge the hard-work these students did over recent months and now they have the opportunity to complete over the summer or choose to come back next year to complete their studies. One of the things that this situation has shown us, is that our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and opportunities and all need different support and guidance to enable them to succeed at their studies and move onto employment.  The great thing about studying locally at Truro and Penwith College is that as well as being small and friendly, our courses are high quality and student satisfaction is very high.  Our job is to see our students succeed and every lecturer, member of IT team, Admin support staff, premises team recognise that and have done their best for our learners in the past few months”

This year, the College not only welcomes the introduction of five new university level courses including a new subject area of Engineering meaning that there are now over 40 university level courses spanning 11 different subject areas. With the introduction of the new South West Institute of Technology, designed to provide learners with an excellent technical education to enable the South West to become one of the world's leading regions for digital, engineering and manufacturing technologies, the College will be introducing further technological courses over the coming years.

For 2020 only, the College has announced it will be offering a £1,000 non-means tested ‘Technical Bursary’ to university level students starting selected STEM courses this September. With the help of the bursary, these students will have the option to enhance their skills and knowledge through an HNC, HND or Foundation Degree (FdSc), before returning to their chosen career path when employers will be more likely to have opportunities available.

Offering a range of university courses from BA and BSc Honours Degrees to Foundation Degrees, Higher National Diplomas and Higher National Certificates, Truro and Penwith College offers a Higher Education route for everyone. Specialist subjects include Archaeology, Applied Biology, Community Studies, Business, Law, Sports Rehabilitation, Childhood Education, Silversmithing and Jewellery and many more.

It’s not too late to apply for University Courses starting in September 2020, for more information about support available or how to apply visit the website, www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/university or call 01872 267061.