Diversity boost with Cornwall’s first listed SELT course provider

The future of Cornwall’s cultural diversity has been given a significant boost with the announcement that a leading College is Cornwall’s first and only Listed SELT (Secure English Language Test) preparation course provider for Trinity College London.

Louise Canham at Truro and Penwith College's Haven House Conference and Training Centre

Louise Canham at Truro and Penwith College's Haven House Conference and Training Centre

The SELT tests are needed to support UK visa and citizenship applications and are available at various levels depending on the nature of an individual’s stay in the UK. There are currently 20 UK centres running SELTs, 10 of which are run by Trinity College London and approved by the British Home Office.

Visa and citizenship applicants in Cornwall have been buoyed by the announcement that Trinity College London has recognised Truro and Penwith College as Cornwall’s only ‘Listed SELT Course Provider’, allowing the College to run approved courses that help individuals prepare for the tests.

The College launched three SELT preparation courses in February and has already helped Thai, Russian and Pakistan nationals pass their tests. The courses support students preparing for visa and citizenship applications that require an A1, A2 or B1 language level. An A1 level is required for those who wish to stay in the UK as the partner or parent of a British citizen, and the individual needs to be at A2 if the stay is to be longer than 2.5 years. A B1 language level is required for those seeking British citizenship for permanent residency.

Chutikarn Mann, student and owner of Thai Massage Cornwall commented: "Studying for the SELT A2 English exam at the College was not only a necessity, it was also very enjoyable and I learnt a lot. I also made some new friends and learnt about other cultures during my time on the course.”  

“Since the course I feel that my English has improved a lot, and my husband has said that he believes I sound much more confident when talking to clients and friends. I am happy to say I passed my English A2 exam with a merit. Thanks to the help of Louise and her team at the College”.

Truro and Penwith College has a strong track record in the delivery of language courses for non-English speakers and has been running their ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and TESOL (Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages) programmes for a number of years, with many students going on to run their own business or teach English abroad.

Tutor Louise Canham, from Truro and Penwith College, commented: “SELTs can be taken without doing any preparation but an individual is likely to fail if they haven’t accessed the relevant materials and syllabus.”

“Our ESOL and TESOL programmes have been running successfully for many years and were significant in Trinity College London deciding to make us a Listed SELT Course Provider. I am thrilled that we will now be able to support students all the way through to their visa and citizenship applications”.


For more information about how Truro and Penwith College can support you with their range of language courses contact the team on 01872 242711 or email business@truro-penwith.ac.uk