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.

Health &
Social Care

As a caring individual, it is important that you have the necessary qualifications to play a role in shaping the lives of others. We offer a wide range of Health & Social Care courses that will give you the opportunities for future career development. We will guide you through the theory and practical techniques needed to succeed in these rewarding sectors.

Develop essential skills

We will help you to gain the skills you need to benefit society, helping others through support and education and being able to fulfil the growing demand for high-quality, caring professionals. Alongside specialist knowledge, communication and organisation, you will develop your empathy and compassion to excel in a rewarding career.

Vocationally qualified, experienced staff and excellent links with the health and social care sectors, will allow you to thrive in a supported environment.

A thumbnail image from our Youtube video 'Health & Social Care'.

Click above to watch our film about studying Health & Social Care at Truro and Penwith College and the career and university opportunities available.

Sue Kellas, Deputy Team Leader of Health, Social Care and Childcare
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Past students have progressed to a range of fantastic careers including teachers, early years practitioners, teaching assistants, nurses, midwives and social workers.

Sue Kellas - Deputy Team Leader, Health, Social care & Childcare at Penwith College

what we offer

Studying with us, you’ll benefit from high-profile guest speakers, interactive sessions and valuable work experience positions. Learn important sector-specific skills while developing your communication, organisation, empathy and compassion to get ahead in a career in Health and Social Care.

course options

With a variety of Further Education courses, such as A Levels, Diplomas and Access Courses, you can gain the knowledge you need to continue on to employment or Higher Education. Our Higher Education Foundation Degrees are a great base from which to build your career, or enrol in an Apprenticeship and learn in a real working environment while studying with us at the College.

for adults

For adults, we offer an extensive selection of part-time and career development courses. Learn the skills that will help you to care for a loved one, or gain the qualifications you need to begin a career in health.

Select a pathway

Adult & Professional

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Health and Social Care was really useful when choosing Paramedicine because there are things that interlink with my degree and the BTEC course. Penwith College was a game changer because of the support that was offered and given to me.

Daisy - BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care


To apply for a Health and Social Care course at Truro and Penwith College, visit the course page on our official college website and complete your application online.

When you start a Health and Social Care course you will have access to our start-of-the-art health simulation suites. These specialist facilities replicate a hospital environment with access to training mannequins and industry specific equipment. You will also learn from dedicated and professional staff, which include practising health care professionals and registered nurses.

Yes, in all Level 3 courses students are supported to complete extended work placements – on average for one full day a week.

There are excellent progression opportunities available upon completion of a Health and Social Care course. Health and Social Care is undergoing significant change and growth, nationally and locally. We will equip you with the qualifications, knowledge and skills to progress into a variety of careers in the sector. With our excellent links with local careers and the NHS, progression pathways have helped to create many Nursing Associates, Nurses and Operating Department Practitioners.

Yes, prospective students can speak to the Health and Social Care department at an open event which are free to attend and take place throughout the year. Visit to see the latest event details. Alternatively, you can contact the academic advisors in the Health and Social Care department at Truro and Penwith College. Check the college website for contact details or reach out to the admissions office, and they will guide you on how to connect with the relevant academic advisors for more information.

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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