The adult students came together at Truro and Penwith College on Friday to collect their results and share successes with fellow students and their lecturers.
It has been a positive year of University-level results for Truro and Penwith College, which holds the highest possible TEF-Gold standard for teaching and learning, as well as completing a successful 5 year review from University of Plymouth.
In 2018, more than three quarters of bachelors degree students at the College who completed their courses were awarded either a First Class Honours or 2:1 for their final year of study. Our Foundation Degree and Higher National Diploma students also had positive results with over 60% of those graduating achieving equivalents high grades.
FdSc Computer Technology and BSc (Hons) Applied Computing Technologies graduates came away with an impressive 100% success rate. FdSc Law, HND Media Moving Image and BA (Hons) Education and Training students also enjoyed a pass rate of over 90%.
Praising in particular the levels of personal student support and flexibility around course timetables, students included:
Scooping a First Class Honours Degree for her BA (Hons) Education and Training course, mature student Eugenie Walker was over the moon to discover that all of her hard work had paid off. She said: “I’m very happy with my results, especially as I got a first! The support at the College throughout the year was phenomenal, I’d never written anything like assignments or dissertations before and it’s been twenty years since I’ve done any kind of writing, but they were amazing. They had an intrinsic belief that we could all do it, they knew that we could and it’s what kept everybody going.”
Hard work and determination throughout 2018 has certainly paid off for degree students, maintained by the friendly and welcoming community of lecturers and support staff available at the College.
Another First Class Honours Degree was awarded to Duane Smith for his BSc (Hons) Sport and Health Science course. He said: “It was really good studying at the College. I worked full-time running my own business at the same time so it was handy to have the part-time element of the degree where you only have to be in College two days a week. Everything was set out well and I did what I needed to do to achieve this result which is fantastic, and I’m on to my masters next.”
Many students opted to visit the dedicated University Centres to collect their results, celebrating with friends and family who will see them graduate later this year at Truro Cathedral.
Returning to education later in life Emma Greening stared at the College by studying an Access course and has now completed the first year of her FdSc Computer Technology course, after receiving a merit grade for the year. She said: “The support we’ve had throughout both courses has been amazing. I’m aged 38 now so I think I needed that boost of the Access course to get me going and back into education. We had the option to study for a degree at other institutions but I love it here. My life is already settled in Newquay but the College is still so close and I love it here.”
In addition to the College’s nationally recognised TEF Gold standard for Higher Education and Ofsted Outstanding award for its Further Education provision, external judgements consistently recognise the exceptional quality of the College’s degree level work, with Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) praising the College’s “quality and standards of provision” following its review in March 2016.
Programme Team Leader for Higher Education at Truro and Penwith College, Dr Andrew Smart was delighted with these outcomes for learners: “Once again students at Truro and Penwith have achieved an excellent set of results. For so many students who have to fit their studies around life and work or who study with the help of our fantastic student support services this is the culmination of years of hard work. Many of our learners didn’t think university-level study was for them but working with the support of their tutors in small and friendly groups they realise how much they can achieve and produce really strong grades. Were all very proud of their achievements.”
College Principal David Walrond was also quick to congratulate the successful graduates. He said: “The results the students produce year on year show the value of university-level studies in a College environment. For many people in Cornwall this is the best option to further their studies and move on in employment, either studying at technical level on Higher National Diplomas or Foundation Degrees or by extending their studies to full Degrees. The options we offer through our compressed timetable and strong student support provide an environment designed to encourage success. I wish all of our graduates every success in their future employment or studies.”
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, 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 2018, for more information about support available or how to apply visit the website, www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/uni or call 01872 267061.