Cornwall’s tech sector gets further boost with new College courses

The first, cutting-edge digital courses designed in preparation for the opening of Cornwall’s new Institute of Technology have been launched. Truro and Penwith College, the only Cornwall-based partner in the multi-million pound Institute of Technology in the South West, has developed two higher-level Cyber Security courses.

A two-year Foundation Degree (FdSc) and one-year Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Cyber Security will be delivered at Truro College this September. Applications are open now for students aged over 18 to take up the course.

Cyber Security is increasing in importance in global job markets and the two courses are being seen as pivotal to the region’s ongoing revolution of technical and digital careers.

Andy Stittle, Director of Teaching and Learning at Truro and Penwith College, said: “Cornwall’s fast growing tech sector was singled out for its impressive growth in last year’s Tech Nation report with an anticipated generation of £93 million to the local economy. The College is therefore pleased to support this sector by offering locally based courses that will help businesses to secure their own IT systems and the privacy of their customers.”

Clint Washington, the Programme Leader for FdSc Cyber Security who will be leading delivery of the course, said students will develop a wide range of specialist skills in Cyber Security.

“The course has been designed to link students with industry both in a practical and theoretical way, within a very current and exciting subject,” he said. “Students will take modules including Security Programming, Behavioural Analytics and Data Security, Security Technology and Applied Cryptography.”

The cutting-edge Foundation Degree is aimed not just at new students but also those that are already employed in the I.T. sector and is recognised by industry professionals with learners benefitting by working within industry both regionally and locally. 

The two Cyber Security courses join two new cutting-edge, university level Science courses that are also due to start at Truro College in September 2019. The one and two-year HND and HNC Applied Biology courses are designed for those with an interest in biology or already work within a science related position, to develop knowledge in a wide range of areas from human to environmental sciences.

Sticking with the science theme, the College has also added a new Access to Sport Science course for 2019, aimed primarily at those who are 19 and older and have been out of education for a while. The course is the perfect gateway for those seeking a career in sport, health and science.

The South West Institute of Technology is a collaboration of further education colleges, universities and employers that aims to bridge the gap in training opportunities by offering local people the chance to study a vocational alternative to university, from Higher Level Apprenticeships through to Masters degree level, without having to leave the region.  

The application process for HNC/FdSc Cyber Security and HND/C Applied Biology, takes place online via UCAS and is now recruiting for September 2019. For more details on the course and how to apply, please contact the University Centre admissions team on 01872 267061 or