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Start of Year
Guide 2024

We have created a start of year checklist so new and returning students, parents and carers can find all the information needed to make the start of term as seamless as possible including how to buy your bus pass and apply for a bursary, submit your GCSE results online and what to expect on your first day. If you're thinking about starting with us, it isn't too late to apply.

Start of year checklist

Start of year can be a busy time; we have created a simple checklist below to help you on your way.

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Travel to College and the Bursary

Due to the volume of applications we receive, it is important that you submit your bursary application as soon as possible to ensure it is in place before the start of term.

Visit our Transport page for more information on our bursary, how to apply and for further details on getting to and from College, including car parking and assisted transport via the local authority.

Student bus passes will be available to purchase on the online payment system after 23 August 2024 and where applicable you will need to have your bursary approved before buying your bus pass. Students without a bus pass will have to pay the driver each day for their bus travel or pay for a season ticket.

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Please note: If you are not due to receive any results this year, you will still need to contact us at the given time to confirm your course choice. Any course choices or changes can be discussed on GCSE/Level 2 Results Day and Course Confirmation Day.

confirm your place and submit your results

It is essential that you confirm your course choice and submit results where applicable online as early as possible on the day of Thursday 22 August and by 5pm at the latest.

You need to access the Applicant Portal via the College Intranet. You can access this on your mobile phone, home computer or laptop.

You will be able to:

  • Enter your results
  • Confirm your choice of course
  • Request a call back to discuss your options

We will confirm your course choice by email or call you back if it is necessary. Please contact Admissions with any questions.

Student Induction day dates

Your first couple of days at college will be your induction period, allowing you to explore the campus and ask questions with your lecturers before your timetabled lessons start. There will only be first year students, progressing students and staff on campus during the induction period, giving you a quieter atmosphere to get your bearings and adjust to college life. Induction dates are below, and we will be contacting you in August with further details and clear information about where and when your induction will be held. You must attend your allocated induction and not any other one. You will need to provide/arrange your own transport for the induction or come by public transport.

Morning sessions run from 9.15am - 12.15pm and afternoon sessions run from 1.15pm - 4.15pm.

If you require any additional support or adjustments to access your induction please contact learningsupport@truro-penwith.ac.uk

Truro College

Wednesday 04 September: 9.15am - Vocational courses (Applied Science, Art, Business, Childcare, Engineering, Health & Social Care, IT, Media, Performing Arts, Photography, Public Services, PPD and Sport) and T Level induction | 1.15pm - Occupational courses (Beauty, Construction, Hair, Motor Vehicle, Professional Cookery) induction and Progression Pathways induction.

Thursday 05 September: 9.15am - Induction for A Level and IB Diploma students.

Wednesday 11 September: 10am - Access to HE induction.

Friday 13 September: 10am - Foundation Art induction.

Penwith College

Thursday 05 September: 9.15am Zennor building - Vocational courses (Art, Business, Childcare, Games, Health & Social Care, IT, Media, Music, Public Services, PPD and Sport) T Level and Occupational courses (Beauty, Construction, Hair, Motor Vehicle and Professional Cookery) induction. | 1.15pm Zennor building - A Level (all subjects) and Progression Pathways course induction.

STEM & Health Skills Centre

Thursday 05 September: 9.15am - Induction for all students at our Bodmin campus.

Tuesday 10 September: - Access to HE induction.

Tregye campus

Thursday 05 September: 9.15am - Progression Pathways induction.

Monday 16 September: - First day of Foundation Art.

2024/25 term dates and other key dates can be found at /term-dates

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enrichment options and course changes

The College has an extensive Enrichment programme which includes specialist academies, sport academies, extra-curricular skills development and recreational sport and games. You should have selected your Enrichment choice at your interview, but if for any reason you have not selected a programme, or need to change your choice, please see the Enrichment team at the Freshers Fair. You can view all of the Enrichment options at truro-penwith.ac.uk/enrichment or by downloading our brochure.

Any course choices or changes can be discussed on GCSE/Level 2 Results Day on Thursday 22 August and Course Confirmation Day.

Additional Information

You will be able to borrow a significant amount of books and possibly equipment during your time at College. We therefore ask that you pay a deposit of £30 in advance of coming to College. The payment page can be found on the College Portal.

If you would like a locker in which to store your books etc then please bring a £5 cash deposit and see the Programme Team Administrator who will provide you with a locker. This can be done from 09 September onwards.

If you haven't been into College for an interview and had a photo taken or already uploaded one then you will need to upload a suitable and appropriate photograph of yourself BEFORE your induction on the College Portal. You will need your Student ID number which can be found on your original course offer. The photograph needs to be a clear likeness of you without wearing a hat or a face covering – head and shoulders only.

Timetables will be issued on 09 September. The College day starts at 9.15am.

You will need to wear your ID card at all times in College. We will provide you with a ‘Truro & Penwith College Student’ lanyard for this purpose and it will also be utilised to enter buildings.

Truro and Penwith College is a no smoking and no vaping campus. We promote a smoke-free environment to support the wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors. E-cigarettes/vapes are not to be used within College buildings or grounds. We appreciate your adherence to supporting good air quality for all in our educational environment. Staff, students and visitors are asked not to smoke/vape elsewhere on College sites or on the pavements or roadways near College buildings. Read the smoke-free campus policy here.

The College operates a cashless catering system. You are encouraged to bring cash on your Induction Sessions to load onto the ID cards which we will provide. You can also use debit cards for contactless payments if you prefer. 

To access all of the information from our learning support team that is available to all students, please visit Learning Support - Truro & Penwith College

The College has a roaming Wi-Fi system which you will be able to log into for free access.

We adopt a Behaviour Policy which can be found here. Please note that we like to create a campus culture which is friendly and supportive but one that is respectful of others and property. All students agree on starting at College to adhere to a Student Code of Conduct.

As a student you are entitled to wear appropriate clothing to College, as long as it meets the health and safety standards of your course. Please ensure anything you wear is respectful and has appropriate coverage of skin. Don’t wear anything that may be considered to be offensive to others e.g. slogans on T-shirts.

If you require specific clothing or kit for your course we will contact you ahead of this academic year with arrangements for this.

Please note that there is an automated number plate recognition system in place at Truro College between the hours of 06.00 and 16.30. Visitors are entitled to 30 mins for pick-up/drop-off and all other visitors must register their vehicle at a designated Reception point.

Student parking permits for Truro College are only allocated to those who can demonstrate they meet strict parking criteria to meet most at need. Please visit our Transport page to view the eligibility criteria. 

For those who drive to Truro College and do not qualify for a parking permit we recommend parking at the Threemilestone Park and Ride car park and walking the short distance to Truro College via the retail park or paying to use the Park and Ride service at your own cost.

Eligibility criteria is currently for Truro College parking only. Students must register for parking at Penwith College and the STEM & Health Skills Centre, Bodmin. Please talk directly to staff at either college about their process for this.

If you are unwell or unable to attend college please ask your parent or carer to report your absence at Report an Absence - Truro & Penwith College (truro-penwith.ac.uk) Voicemails can be made anytime in advance of an absence/appointment.

In order to ensure 100% attendance, please do not book holidays during term time to ensure the highest possible level of achievement on your course. You can view term dates at Term dates - Truro & Penwith College (truro-penwith.ac.uk)

As part of our transition arrangements we have created a 'Welcome to the College' film. This film contains useful bits of information and advice for you to know.

You are also invited to attend an online meeting (virtually) with the Personal Tutor should you wish to discuss anything confidential or support your child/ward’s transition into college. Details will be forwarded in September.

We also encourage parents to use our parent/carer areas on the website for any FAQ’s.

For all safeguarding information and contact details please visit Safeguarding & Inclusion - Truro & Penwith College

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