Students at Truro and Penwith College celebrate some of the highest grades ever recorded

Reflecting a long-term track record of exceptional student progress and success, A Level and Vocational Diploma students have been awarded some of the highest grades ever recorded at Truro and Penwith College in this year's results.

Following the cancellation of the Summer 2021 exam series, the College followed national guidance to determine Teacher Assessed Grades based on a range of assessment evidence demonstrating individual performance. 

The results are a culmination of an extraordinary two years of study for 16-18-year-old students at the College and reflect the sustained and long-term, high performance and progress of students in A Level, Vocational and Technical qualifications at Truro and Penwith College.

With over 2500 individual A Level entries this year, Truro and Penwith College is one of the largest providers of the qualification nationally. This year’s results again see it confirmed as one of the best too.

There is a 100% pass rate for students in 35 A Level subjects in 2021, including English Literature, Biology, Maths and Geography. The College’s leading local and national role in STEM provision (Science, Technology, Maths, Engineering) is evidenced once more, both in the high quality of student outcomes, and in the large and growing volumes of entries.

For example, a very high proportion of students gained the highest A*- B grades including 171 Mathematics and 34 Further Maths students. 101 Biology, 94 Chemistry, and 73 Physics students also received the highest grades. These successes followed earlier results in STEM subjects at the College on the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Many traditional ‘facilitating’ subjects also saw very high levels of success, with 166 students gaining A*- B in an English A level, 144 for Geography and 95 for History.

In total over 180 students achieved AAA or higher in their A levels, securing them the most competitive places at university. Truro and Penwith College is ranked one of the top state providers in the country for helping its students achieve places at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Also receiving their result this year are over 800 students who successfully achieved their vocational Extended Diplomas at the College (equivalent to 3 A levels). Of these over 140 students achieved the highest possible triple distinction star on their BTEC Diploma courses, with over 300 students gaining DDD or higher.

Almost 100 creative arts, photography and media students, representing over half the cohort, achieved the highest distinction grade on their University Arts for London Extended Diploma courses. Business studies students excelled on the new Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma with a quarter of the cohort achieving the highest triple distinction star grade and nearly a half being awarded DDD or higher.

Truro and Penwith College Principal Martin Tucker praised all those students who had taken exams and submitted graded work in what has been an exceptional year.

“In what has been a unique and challenging year,” he said. “I am delighted with the outstanding results for the students of Truro and Penwith College across A Level, Vocational and Technical qualifications. All of our students deserve the highest level of praise, and they should rightly be incredibly proud of their achievements.

“These outstanding results will now allow these students to progress onto the next stage of their education and training, with very significant numbers progressing onto higher education at Russell Group universities to study options such as Medicine, Veterinary and Science and 20 of our students have gained places to read a variety of subjects at Oxford and Cambridge.

“All of this has been achieved thanks to the high quality of teaching and support offered by the College’s staff and it’s a pleasure for both them and our Governors to celebrate their outstanding achievements.”

Reflecting the challenges in what has been an exceptional year, Lowenna Bradley, Truro and Penwith College’s Director of Quality, added: “These results are a culmination of an extraordinary two years of study at Truro and Penwith College and reflect the sustained and long-term high-performance and progress of students in both A levels and Vocational and Technical qualifications.

“We are incredibly proud of all our students and the partnership they have had throughout their studies with their lecturers and tutors which has led to their outstanding success.

“The College’s outstanding Ofsted status has never been more apparent during the pandemic with high-quality online teaching and learning continuing throughout each lock-down alongside valuable pastoral tutorial support for all students. We are delighted by the countless success stories and congratulate all our students on their achievements and their future progression.”