Prospective students discover the difference

On Saturday, thousands of potential students and their families visited Truro College’s Open Day to meet with lecturers, tour the campus and to experience College life first-hand.

Doors opened at 10am with a steady stream of eager visitors waiting to tour the Mylor and Tresillian buildings for Science and Social Sciences courses. A different sight could be found in each room with a crime scene and a range of experiments the standout shows.

Apprenticeship talks at 11am and 1pm were well-attended, with employers Tregothnan and Blue Fruit Software as guest speakers.

Visitors also enjoyed photography displays before having a go at a Virtual Reality experience or testing their skills with remote-controlled robots in Robot Wars. Interactive activities such as golf and archery gave visitors the chance to get involved, while talks from the lecturers on Sport Academies gave students an in-depth look at what to expect.

The College’s Helford building was packed with students checking out the state-of-the-art music studios, which recently earned the College third place in the top coolest places to be and be seen in Cornwall, and could also experience an interactive theatre production.

The dedicated art and design building saw one room dedicated to displaying websites and works from the College’s alumni, with alumni Lizzie Loveday, who works with fashion, textiles and illustration, running an art workshop.

Automotive, Engineering and Construction hopefuls flocked to Seaton, where tutors were overwhelmed with interested students.

For those interested in Hair & Beauty, a trip to Calenick was well worth it as visitors could have a look at the impressive facilities as well as take a peek at the nail art competition or have some SFX and theatrical make-up done.

Guests also had the opportunity to discover what University course options are available at the TEF Gold-rated College. The Fal building was buzzing with excitement as students took their first steps towards their dream careers.

There was a wide selection of courses displayed, ranging in subjects from Arts, Media, Sports, Health, Social Sciences, Science, Archaeology, English, Law, Business, IT and Education & Training.

Caught in the act, guests were snapped taking part in a high-quality photography studio workshop, learning the basics of how to take the perfect portrait.

There was also a range of exercise challenges, ring making workshops and Tudor themed archaeology tasting sessions to give guests something to sink their teeth into.

There was also time to meet some existing students, talk to expert lecturers, tour the campus and learn more about the outstanding student support and the purpose-built facilities.

Cheryl Mewton, Director of Studies, was delighted by the turnout on the day: “Every year we are thrilled to see the huge volume of visitors who come to see our campuses. It’s fantastic to see young people who are eager to meet and talk to lecturers, already with plans in their minds for where and what they want to do.

“It’s so important to provide these Open Events as it gives students the opportunity to come and meet the staff who will be teaching them, talk to our student ambassadors, while also getting the opportunity to get a feel for the campus. It was lovely to see so many people joining us on the day and taking part in the activities, we can’t wait to see what Penwith and Callywith Colleges’ Open Days have in store.”

With Truro and Penwith College’s first Open Day of the season such a success, the following events are sure to follow in its footsteps, with Penwith College next to open its doors on Saturday 25 November.