There was a sense of pride in the air as each group of students was called forward to accept their certificate of achievement. A broad range of Access students were in attendance, reflecting the diversity of Access to HE provision at the College, with students studying Nursing, Science, Computing, Creative Media & Photography, Psychology & Social Work and Humanities all coming together to celebrate their success.
Having completed their Access to HE courses, these students will now progress to a wide range of degree courses and universities across the South West and beyond, ranging from the Knowledge Spa at Cornwall's very own Treliske Hospital to the University College London (UCL).
The newest Access course, Creative Media & Photography, saw half of their students choose to progress onto the College's own Foundation degree in Film, Media and Photography, which is new to the College for September 2018 meaning the students will have been the inaugural cohort for both courses.
Success was indeed the theme of the evening, as an amazing 100% of every student from the Nursing cohort who had applied for Midwifery or Nursing had been successful in their application.
Truro College has helped me to achieve my goal and shown me that perseverance pays off!
Jade was thrilled with her course, saying: "I was so impressed with the staff and the support they've given to me I've decided to do my degree there too! Can't praise Truro College and their staff enough!"
Each year the Duchy Health Charity awards a student who has displayed academic excellence throughout their course. This year, it was awarded to Nadine Stephens who, having been out of education for 30 years, achieved her Access to Higher Education Diploma with every assignment at the highest grade possible.
Her tutor summed up the achievement: "Nadine has been a simply excellent student from the very first day. Her dedication and commitment have been second to none."
I'm incredibly proud of her achievements, and all the students who completed their Diplomas with us.
Over 1,000 students have studied Access courses at the College, using them to get back into education before heading to university. 2018/19 will see more courses added to the roster including Access to Creative Arts and Access to Medical Careers being offered.