National Student Survey and University level results day a big success

Truro and Penwith College university level students have ranked the College the highest in Cornwall and Devon for overall course satisfaction for the second year running.

The College, which holds a Gold Teaching, Learning and Employability Framework (TEF) standard had a course quality satisfaction of 92%, an increase on last year, and the highest among all university and college providers across the two counties.

The National Student Survey (NSS) results, published annually across the UK, have been released as 600 students at Truro and Penwith College received their University level results this week.

This year, 95% of enrolled students completed their university course at the College. Among those collecting their results on Friday was 59-year-old Donna James from Newquay, who received a 2:1 on the BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Health Science.

“The course changed me so much as a person,” she said. “When you’re older, my problem is retaining everything but I will remember this though”. Donna is now enrolled on to the College’s PGCE course starting in September at Penwith College, with plans to teach sports’ massage to adult learners.

Melissa Kemp, from Truro, received a First Class Honours degree in BSc (Hons) Archaeology.

On receiving her results, Melissa said: “I’m very, very happy about my results today. I chose to study at Truro because it was affordable and I could follow my interest. The smaller class sizes and condensed timetable definitely helped in achieving my results and you get to know staff personally.”

Continuing her archaeological studies at Master’s level, Melissa is heading to the University of Liverpool where she is enrolled in the MSc Palaeoanthropology

Both the Foundation (FdA) and Top-up (BA) Business courses achieved 100% success with two students obtaining First Class Honours. The FdSc Computer Technology course also had 100% success. With the new ‘Cyber Security’ Foundation Degree now ready to take applicants for September 2019, University Level digital training courses continue to develop.

Truro and Penwith College Principal David Walrond said: “We are very pleased that the independent feedback from the National Student Survey has demonstrated such a high level of student satisfaction. To be in this position for two years in a row in an indication of the strength of our University courses. The Higher Education team and lecturers continue to review and develop our provision to do everything they can to support our learners, many of whom are studying at later stages of their adult life. We know changes in Higher Education nationally are under consideration. A high-quality, local and supportive degree offer, one which is work-facing, with strong employer links and employment prospects, looks an increasingly attractive model. Our HE offer fits this description well.“ 

One of the strengths of Truro and Penwith College is the number of students on education, community and social science course. Of the 265 students enrolled on courses in this area, 82 were studying on their final degree year and 49% obtained high grades of which 18 were First Class Honours. The students will graduate in October for the Colleges University Awards Ceremony at Truro Cathedral.

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, Applied Biology, 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 2019, for more information about support available or how to apply visit the website, www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/uni or call 01872 267061.