The induction days, which catered towards students studying A Level and vocational courses, gave students the opportunity to gain an insight into the College, get their bearings around campus and meet their new tutors ahead of their first day of term. While this event occurs on an annual basis, things were slightly different this year due to the current covid measures in place, but this didn’t stop students from enjoying a safe and exciting start to their College experience.
New L3 Computer Games, Animation and Vfx course student Jade, from Hayle, attended the vocational induction day at Penwith campus. Jade really enjoyed the day and was really impressed with the knowledge her tutors and lecturers had in their field of work: “The lecturers all seem great and have a lot of experience of gaming to share with us and get us started on a career path to computer game design,” she said.
Level 3 Health and Social Care student Sydney, from Penzance, was feeling slightly nervous before arriving for her induction day but the measures in place and friendliness of her lecturers quickly made her feel at ease:
I was a bit nervous before I came today but now I am here I feel fine
"Our tutor group seems full of lovely and caring students and the teachers are all really nice".
Whilst the past academic year saw an unusual spring and summer term for many, the College continued to deliver its high standard of teaching and support for current and prospective students online. This was largely in thanks to the quick response made by the College in its transition to online learning back in March.
Not only did the College continue to deliver a regular timetable of lessons online for 5,000 full-time 16-18 students and adult learners, but also launched its Connected College initiative with the aim of ensuring the College’s staff, current and prospective students, businesses and stakeholders stayed connected during the lockdown period. This initiative, which included a Digital Campus for year 11 students, subject spotlights, online health and fitness classes and more, was very successful with positive feedback from parents and students alike.
The success of the initiative was also well received by the Department of Education (DfE), who chose the College to lead a partnership to develop digital learning nationally, as part of the DfE’s £5.4 million Strategic College Improvement Fund. In the South West, the College will lead a partnership involving Petroc College, Barnstaple, and South Devon College, to develop national collaborative projects for online learning.
After time away from the College’s amazing facilities, students can also look forward to participating in some of the College’s extracurricular programmes again including their award-winning Health, Wellbeing and Sport (HWS) programme. The team at HWS have been working hard over the summer to ensure that the College gyms are UK Active Covid-19 Response Approved.