Success across the board for science students

Truro and Penwith College students are celebrating their superb results in this year’s science Olympiad competitions, designed to stretch and challenge the most able students (nationally) in the application of concepts at college level study.

Students entered the Biology Olympiad, the RSC Chemistry Olympiad, the BPhO Physics Olympiad and the BPhO AS Physics Challenge. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Academies allow students to participate in a range of activities including specialist sessions, which are designed to stretch and challenge the most gifted and enthusiastic students.

The Olympiad competitions test students’ knowledge with a challenging written test and with questions based on real-world problems, which also raise awareness of what each science is all about. Students develop and showcase the skills required for studying the subject at university level and beyond.

Anitra Coleman, Deputy Leader for Science at the Truro College, was thrilled with the students’ results and the opportunities the challenges create, saying: "Employers are looking for people that can demonstrate problem-solving skills. The Olympiad challenge exemplifies this and is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop, apply and evidence this highly desirable skill. Students who complete the Olympiad challenge gain an enormous sense of achievement and are highly regarded by universities and employers alike.  Well done to all our students who took part in the various Olympiad challenges this year."

The College encourages students to participate in national competitions as part of its provision as not only does this motivate and inspire students to achieve highly and reach their full potential but it also assists in supporting their applications to the most prestigious universities. This activity also forms part of a comprehensive programme, which has proven so successful in supporting students in their Oxbridge applications alongside specialist support tutors, practice interviews, visits to the universities and visits from admission tutors.

Twenty-one Truro and Penwith College students from across Cornwall have been offered conditional places at Oxford or Cambridge this year.