COVID-19: Higher Education Advice

Applications to Truro and Penwith College University level courses

We are still processing applications as normal.

Please apply via if you would like to study full time.

Alternatively, if you would like to study part-time, please download an application form from: and apply directly to us via

Please be aware that we are taking guidance from the Government, UCAS and the Office for Students about changes to the awarding system.

To ensure that our admissions process remains fair, consistent and in the best interests of all our applicants, at this time there will be no changes to our entry requirements or any offers that have already been made. We are confident the revised grading system will provide students with the grades they need to move on to the next stage of their lives.

For any queries or help, please contact our friendly admissions team on

Will I be able to come to college to study my course and be taught on a face-to-face basis in September?

At present (22 May 2020) we are planning for some courses to have face to face delivery providing we can ensure social distancing.  Some larger courses may have a mixture of face to face by staggering attendance and on-line access on alternate weeks.  This may change depending on advice from Government. We will continue to update this answer as more information becomes available from Government about social distancing requirements and mixing outside of family groups.


The College is following Government advice to stop face-to-face teaching for students from Friday March 20th, at 4.15pm. Students are not expected to travel to College from this date until further notice.

College staff have been preparing for such an eventuality but will need a little more time to prepare and produce the wide range of resources to be used. Online delivery of courses will proceed from Wednesday 25th March.

The Summer Term starts again on Tuesday 14th April. 

From this point on, we will be replacing the 2 x 1 hour study skills support sessions with 6 hrs of support time that can be booked through the HE enquiries email: as 30 minute slots for an online discussion. We will confirm the times of these sessions in the first week back.  We are also continuing to hold student support meetings for any students who have concerns about their ability to complete and are recommended for a meeting by their tutor. Again please agree with your tutor and book through HE student enquires. 

Accessing Practical Resources

For courses where there is normally access to practical resources, Programme Teams are reviewing all the practical requirements and assessments and Truro and Penwith College aims to have a response for every course and cohort at the start of next term. In the meantime, students should continue as planned and engage with their tutors to discuss the aspects of their assessments that can be completed online or away from college.


During the Easter break we have been working through assessments and planned examinations and for most courses we have identified any changes or modifications to assessments that will be needed in the current Covid-19 pandemic and 'online' environment.  Exams will now be replaced with a series of online assessments during the last two weeks of term (18-22 May and 1-5 June).  Your PLs will share these changes with you as soon as they can at the start of term.  In a few cases, because of staff absence or leave there has been a slight delay in the process but please bear with us and the changes will be completed as quickly as possible at the start of term.

Student Support and Careers Advice

As there is more information released on a daily basis about support for HE students we wanted to ensure that everyone is aware that:

  • Your first point of contact for any support issues, personal or financial is:
  • Students who are already working with HE Student Support, please continue to engage with our Student Support Officer and contact them in you have any questions or concerns. 
  • If you need advice about mental health issues or health and wellbeing, please contact: 
  • We are continuing with study skills advice - now 30 minute online sessions. Please book onto a session via Sessions take place on:
    • Tuesday - 15.00 - 17.00
    • Wednesday - 10.00 - 12.00
    • Thursday - 10.00 - 12.00
  • Any questions about new applications, please contact
  • Any questions about how your grades will be calculated this year, please discuss with your tutor or Programme Leader. 
  • Any academic issues should be discussed with your tutor in the first instance and then, if necessary, contact
  • If you have IT or 'Teams' related issues, please contact your tutor or Programme lead in the first instance, then or call 01872 308441. 

Please stay safe and do keep in contact so we can do all we can to support you through this difficult time. 


Can I still get Careers advice regarding options when I graduate?
Yes, our HE careers advisor is still available to support students and will set up telephone interviews to discuss your future plans and actions that you can put in place.  Contact to set up a telephone advice session.

Can I get help with my Cv or with how to complete job application forms?
Yes, our HE careers advisor can help with CVs, application forms and preparing for interviews.  Contact to set up a telephone advice session.

Extenuating Circumstances

Until further notice, we have removed the requirement to submit an Extenuating Circumstances claim, either self-certified or evidenced, for any assessment that was due to be submitted on or after Monday 16th March 2020. This applies to all HE students on University of Plymouth and Pearson courses at Truro and Penwith College.

Students unable to submit by the original deadline can submit up to ten working days late without penalty and without making an application for Extenuating Circumstances. If you are unable to submit assessments within those additional ten working days, this will be recorded as a non-submission and you will be offered re-assessment without penalty over the summer break (i.e. at the same attempt).

Please note, the College will continue to follow the 80 credits limit on re-submissions in the summer. Students who miss over 80 credits of work (this usually equals about four assessments) will be required to repeat with attendance next year before graduating or progressing to the next stage. Please check with your tutor what impact missing a hand-in could have on you.

We strongly recommend you continue to work to meet your current published assessment deadlines where possible.

If you have any queries about Extenuating Circumstances or guidance about the ten-working day extension then please contact

Advice for University level students who work as Key Workers

If you are being asked to work as a ‘key worker’, please ensure your tutor or the HE Team ( are aware of the circumstances and implications for your studies. Someone at the College will be able to support you through an online or telephone student support meeting, to help maximise the opportunity you have to complete through the referral process and avoid you being in the position of repeating the year.


The University of Plymouth has released guidance outlining their proposals for a 'safety net'. The principle of this 'Safety net' or 'no-detriment policy' is that no student will see a drop in their current grade based on work submitted next term.  The details of how this will be put into practice are listed below.

It is essential that you continue your studies and submit any assignments that we have set or will set for Semester 2 as these will give you the opportunity to retain your existing grade and improve your final degree grade.”

Please note that you will still need to pass the required summative assessments in order to demonstrate you have met the programme learning outcomes and be awarded credits so that you can either progress and/or receive a qualification. for further information regarding the ‘Safety net’ visit

As per the 'Safety Net' below, any student who fails to complete more than 80 credits will be expected to repeat the year and not progress, so please do keep your tutor aware of your circumstances and obtain guidance about assignments to target.

Safety Net

Here are the summarised changes to the safety net. Plymouth Safety Net policy changes are as follows.

  • You must pass all modules you have studied this year.
  • Your overall stage mark (their stage aggregate mark) will be calculated using the highest module marks totalling 60 credits. This is the main difference, being that most students will now have grades included in their final award, which were completed post-March 16th. 
    • For example, if you study six 20 credit modules and achieve marks of 70% in four modules and marks of 50% in the other two modules, their overall stage mark will be calculated using three of the modules in which you achieved marks of 70%.
  • The calculation of your marks may include your final year project/dissertation, if it is part of your highest 60 credits.
  • You are now able to take up to 80 credits of referral work into the summer rather than 60 credits, as previously set out.
  • You will still have 10 working day ECs on deadlines after 16th March. If the 10 day extension is not sufficient you have the option to not submit work and take the module as a referral over the summer (in up to 80 credits).

While this is a change your best interests are always being considered. Amendments to this are still being discussed, to ensure every possible scenario is being anticipated. Your course leaders and module leaders are all here to ensure you feel encouraged and supported to complete the academic year in the best way possible.

While this new information may be unsettling, the Higher Education Team will be on hand to answer any question and speak to anyone who may have any concerns.

Thank you all for your support and we will keep you updated.

Please visit this link for more information


Unfortunately, due to the current global pandemic, we have taken the decision to postpone our Graduation ceremony. As information and restrictions are constantly changing, at this moment we cannot give a specific date for when the event will take place. We thank all students, who were looking forward to their ceremony this year, for their patience in this matter and to keep an eye out on this page and our social media pages for updates.