Vocational courses at Truro and Penwith College include a range of Extended Diplomas and a growing number of workplace-focussed T Levels. Two-year, single subject Vocational courses give you a qualification equivalent to three A Levels and are perfect for those who prefer to specialise on one area and like to learn through a more hands-on approach.

Why choose a vocational course?

Vocational courses are a great alternative for learners who prefer to specialise in a trade, technician or professional vocation. They are an excellent gateway to University level study, employment or progression onto a higher level apprenticeship.

At Truro and Penwith College, there is a large range of vocational courses to choose from, all taught by sector specialists in purpose-built and dedicated, subject area buildings, teaching rooms and workspaces.

Whether at Level 1, 2 or 3, the College's Vocational learners all enjoy this focus on one subject area and assessment through continual coursework rather than end of year exams.

Rhianna Jones - Level 3 Education & Childcare
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The highlight of my course has been the fact that I could be completely creative in the way I present my work.

Rhianna Jones - Level 3 Chilcare and Education

how do they work?

Vocational courses come in various durations and levels. The 180 credit, 18-unit qualification most popular with our students is referred to as the Extended Diploma and is equivalent to three subjects at A Level. On an Extended Diploma you will complete a Level 3 Foundation Diploma in year one before progressing to gain the full Extended Diploma at the end of Year 2, unless otherwise stated. You can study a Vocational course such as an Extended Certificate alongside an A Level.

where can they take me?

The Extended Diploma is an excellent route if you have decided on the broad area of employment you wish to pursue. The combination of a range of specialist modules with the depth of knowledge acquired enables you to progress successfully into Higher Education or into employment. You will also be required to undertake several hours of independent study. Assessment is through coursework, external written assessments and evaluation of practical skills

what do i need?

Four GCSEs at grade 4 to include either English Language or Literature and/or Maths. A Merit on a Level 2 Diploma in an appropriate subject can also be considered (plus English and/or Maths).

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