Outstanding vocational results at Truro and Penwith College

Truro and Penwith College students have achieved their highest ever grades on vocational courses this year, with one now swapping the cool seas of Cornwall for the hot sands of Las Vegas.

Harry Hall, from Hayle, joined nearly 700 students who have excelled on vocational and skills-based courses after successfully completing their two year Level 3 programmes this summer. Harry, who previously attended Pool Academy, has successfully received a scholarship to study at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas after exceeding his minimum target grade by achieving a triple Distinction star profile (D*D*D*) on the Sport and Exercise Science diploma. This accomplishment comes alongside his playing golf for England and regularly competing nationally. Harry committed to online lecture sessions and an ‘out of hours’ catch-up programme to achieve his exceptional final grade and hopes to develop a professional career in golf.

Callum Moyle, from Camborne, worked tirelessly to achieve his goal of becoming a paramedic, ultimately attaining D*D*D* in the Extended Diploma in Applied Science. Callum has gained extensive work experience at his local GP unit as well as sitting the advanced driving test which will enable him to drive an ambulance. He was successful in gaining a place at Hertfordshire University to study Paramedic Science.

On the BTEC Extended Diploma courses over 400 students achieved at least a triple Distinction (equivalent to 3 A grades at A Level). This is the highest ever achieved by the College and equates to 61% of students, against a national average of just 35%. An exceptional 228 students achieved the highest grade possible, the triple Distinction star. The majority of students on these Diploma courses will be progressing onto degree courses in the autumn.

In addition over a hundred 16-19 year old students gained Level 3 (A Level equivalent) vocational qualifications in occupational areas such as Administration (Private Secretaries Diploma), Beauty Therapy, Construction, Hairdressing, Professional Cookery, Nail Services and Light Vehicle Maintenance.

Mark Arnold, Director of Quality at the College, said: “The fact that the College offers many full time, specialist occupational and skills-based courses alongside over 20 different Extended Diploma courses ensures that students are able to choose the right course for them. These exceptional achievements ensure that our students have the best possible progression opportunities onto university, into employment or Apprenticeships.”