University level students make it in Cornwall

University level students at Truro and Penwith College are celebrating another year of success having received their results and unlocked their futures without leaving Cornwall.

Students have praised the adaptability of learning, career routes now available to them and the opportunity to live and learn in one of the best counties in the country.

Many students collecting their degrees this year also benefitted from the College’s online learning and support to achieve their qualifications alongside challenges presented by Covid-19.

Kate Clarke is going onto pursue her dream of becoming a primary school teacher after achieving a first in BA (Hons) Education and Training and has successfully secured a work placement at a local primary school that will allow her to complete her teacher training.

After falling in love with Cornwall on family holidays and with relatives in the county, Kate relocated from Lancashire before joining the University Centre and progressed onto the BA (Hons) course to top-up her FdA Childhood Education that she had already achieved at the College.

Kate said: “Staying at the College to complete the BA (Hons) Education and Training felt like a natural progression to help me get into teaching and although my heart lies in primary, I like the fact it keeps my options open. I love the idea of teaching key stage one and that’s where I’m headed.

“It’s been an immensely tough year but we’ve had some fantastic support from tutors. The best thing about being a University level student here is that you can manage your own work and I'm happy to work at night if it means I can go to the beach during the day!”.

Delighted to have achieved his qualification, BA (Hons) Human Behavioural Studies student, Abdul Ahmed, from Penzance, was also celebrating his results. Abdul said: “I started out at the College doing Level 2 Health and Social Care and now I’ve made my way all the way up to getting a degree at level 6.

“It’s been good to meet different people outside of Penzance and it helped with my personal growth as well. It’s really developed me as a person.”

Students studying across the College’s campuses in Truro and Penzance, enjoy condensed and flexible timetables that allow them to work alongside their studies or enjoy a harmonious study-life balance, while smaller class sizes aid learning and offer more time for one-to-one support.

BA (Hons) Education and Training student, Hollie Smeaton, from Perranporth said: “From a young age I wanted to be a teacher, so I did all my A levels at Truro College and I never really wanted to move far. The College condense all the classes into two days, so you can still learn, work, see all your friends and have more of a life. It makes things a lot more manageable”.

Dr Andrew Smart, Higher Education Team Leader at the College said: “Students have achieved a great set of results in difficult circumstances.

“I’d like to congratulate everyone on their hard work, particularly those who were key workers and took time out of their studies to support the community in the toughest stages of the pandemic. We are very pleased to be offering these students the opportunity to complete their studies over the summer and from next September.

One of the things that this situation has confirmed is that while our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and opportunities with different needs, our small group sizes, access to lecturers, tutors and support staff continues to provide support and guidance that enables them to succeed in their studies and move on to start their career.  

We pride ourselves on offering learners a quality, local education while maintaining a small and friendly environment. Our commitment is to see our students succeed and every member of staff throughout the College from lecturers and the admin support team to the IT and premises teams recognise that and have done their very best for our learners over the past 18-months”.

Find your future with University level courses at Truro and Penwith College

September 2021 will see the College introduce four brand-new University level courses including its first three-year degree, the BSc Applied Sports and Health Science, and a new subject area for nursing and medical courses.

The recent opening of the £7 million Valency Building at Truro College, part of the South West Institute of Technology (SWIoT), has introduced facilities for digital, engineering and manufacturing courses that match the very best the UK has to offer.

The facilities have already seen the College launch its new Cornwall Space and Aerospace Training project that is the first dedicated space training centre in the South West, introducing a range of new short-courses from September 2021, to be followed by the South West’s first Space Engineering Technician University level Apprenticeship.

For September 2021, the College has announced it will once again offer a £1,000 non-means tested ‘Technical Bursary’ to University level students starting selected STEM courses. Particularly appealing for those whose career journey has been disrupted by the pandemic, the bursary will provide students with the option to enhance their skills and knowledge through an HNC or Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Computing and IT, before returning to their chosen career path when employers recover and have more opportunities available.

Offering a range of University courses from BA and BSc Honours Degrees to Foundation Degrees, Higher National Diplomas and Higher National Certificates, Truro and Penwith College offers a University level route for everyone. Specialist subjects include Health & Nutrition, Business, Sports Therapy, Childhood Education, Silversmithing and Jewellery and many more. To see the full range of courses, visit

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