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Ali’s Story

Ali has learnt how to swim after taking advantage of the College's Health, Wellbeing and Sport (HWS) programme alongside his A Level studies and the College's Accelerate Programme for gifted students.

“The college offers a variety of Health, Wellbeing and Sport sessions for free! Give it a go and try everything.”

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Name: Ali

Hometown: Penryn

Previous school: Penryn College

Courses studied at College: A level Maths, Further Maths, Computing and Physics

Ali is from Afghanistan and moved to the UK a few years ago. He now studies A level Maths, Further Maths, Computing and Physics. Before moving to Cornwall, he could not swim, but was keen to learn and has taken advantage of swimming lessons as part of the College’s extra-curricular Enrichment option, Health, Wellbeing and Sport (HWS).

Ali said: “Swimming is a good skill and great fitness. Now living in Cornwall, I want to go to the beach and be able to swim. Ben from the HWS team has been an amazing coach to help me and adapted the lessons around my language barrier and level I swim at. I have been training for 7 weeks and can now swim the length of a pool!”

Ali’s advice to students thinking about going to a HWS session is: “The College offers a variety of Health, Wellbeing and Sport sessions for free! Give it a go and try everything.”

Alongside studying four A Levels and swimming, Ali is also part of the College’s Accelerate Programme. Accelerate is our bespoke STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) programme of enrichment for academically minded A Level students with a passion for their subjects, excellent work-ethic and high ambitions towards competitive university places.

Ali continued: “After college I want to go to university and study Biomedical Engineering.” Last academic year 929 students secured their chosen university place with Truro and Penwith College. Our university offer rate was a massive 15% above national average.

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