Start of year guide

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. You can find this checklist and other important information in the Start of Year Guide.

Automotive &

You will learn and hone your Automotive & Engineering skills within specialised buildings including Gwenvor, Seaton and Valency, all purpose-built centres for trade skills and engineering offering a wide range of Automotive & Engineering courses.

Industry leading facilities

Purpose-built workshops and teaching rooms provide the resources to develop the knowledge needed for a successful career. You will benefit from the College's promotion of excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) including the £7million South West Institute of Technology Valency building.

There are many opportunities to visit manufacturing and maintenance companies as part of your studies to reinforce your understanding of industrial practices. We also encourage, support and facilitate work placements for all learners to further enhance your knowledge and employability.

Click above to watch our film on studying Automotive & Engineering at Truro and Penwith College and the career and university opportunities available.

Steve Piff, Programme Team Leader for Automotive and Engineering at Penwith
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The knowledge gained on your course will give you skills to successfully gain a job in industry or progress to higher education.

Steve Piff - Programme Team Leader, Automotive & Engineering at Penwith College

a variety of courses

Our courses in this department range from an A Level in Electronics and Engineering Diplomas to Mechatronic Apprenticeships. Whatever your ability, background or gender, we have a practical Automotive and Engineering course that will build your knowledge and experience in this fast-developing field.

practical learning

On one of our engineering or mechanics courses, you’ll be practicing your trade in our purpose-built workshops. Our courses are geared towards giving you the skills and practical knowledge you need to do well in the working world. Taught by tutors who have years of industry experience under their belts, you’ll gain specialist insights to help you get ahead in your chosen career path.


Alternatively, you can enrol in our Apprenticeship programme and earn a real wage while you learn in a working role. Under the tuition and coaching of an industry professional, you’ll develop your skills by working on real projects all while gaining a qualification.

Future is Green

FSI Automotive Industry Training

FSI Automotive at Truro & Penwith College offers short, part-time courses to meet the needs of the local automotive industry. All our training is delivered by industry professionals in purpose-built workshops, from Level 3 Accreditation and MOT Training, to Electric Vehicle Courses, Level 4 and bespoke Masterclass courses.

Select a pathway

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HNC/D Mechanical Engineering

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HNC Manufacturing Engineering

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HNC/D Manufacturing Engineering

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HNC Mechanical Engineering

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My favourite part of my Apprenticeship is learning new skills both at work and at college and then putting them into practice in my day-to-day work.

Jack, Level 3 Technical Support Technician Apprentice at Teagle
Jack Level 3 Technical Support Technician Apprenticeship at Truro and Penwith College. Jack wears overalls and protective wear, working with machinery at his workplace, Teagle.


To apply for an automotive and engineering course at Truro and Penwith College, visit the course page on our official college website and complete your application online.

Entry requirements for automotive and engineering programs vary. Check the specific course details on the college website or prospectus or contact the admissions office for the most accurate and up-to-date information on entry requirements.

Students at Truro and Penwith College benefit from experiences with industry leading companies to develop skills and understanding of the latest electric and hybrid vehicles. You will also have access to some of the best EV training rigs and diagnostic equipment in the country to enable you to learn vital skills for future employment.

At Truro and Penwith College you will find state-of-the-art facilities and purpose-built workshops and classrooms to equip you with the industry-relevant skills you need to succeed. Our campuses provide industry-standard engineering and motor vehicle buildings and our STEM and Health Skills Centre features engineering workshops, a health simulation suite and modern digital technology.

Yes, in addition to learning on campus, there are many opportunities to visit manufacturing and maintenance companies as part of your studies. We also encourage, support and facilitate work placements for all of our learners to further enhance your knowledge and employability.

We strongly recommend making an application for your chosen course as soon as you can when you are in your final year of school. After you have submitted your application, you will be invited to attend an interview where you can make amendments to your application if need be.

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