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A Levels are a fantastic option if you enjoy studying a range of subjects through formal lectures, class activities, assessments and problem solving. Truro and Penwith College is one of the top-rated providers of this Level 3 qualification nationally and has 39 A Levels to choose from.

Why choose a levels?

A Levels are a great way of focussing your studies on subject areas that you particularly enjoy, while also keeping your options open after GCSEs. They provide you with the experience, academic qualifications and study skills to progress onto a range of pathways. University-level study is a common destination.

Modern study facilities are available at both Truro and Penwith College and successful students use these effectively, especially in study periods between timetabled lectures. Our Learning Resource Centres allow students to research and carry out work independently or with the assistance of knowledgeable support staff.

To broaden your development, there are various qualification and enrichment activities to enrol on including our range of sport and academic academies, extended certificate qualifications and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Click above to watch our film about studying A Levels at Truro and Penwith College and what to expect from your course.

A Level Penwith Kate Matthews Portrait
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A Levels are great, very content heavy but really enjoyable. Studying at College is a nice bridge between school and university

Kate - A Level English, philosophy of religion and history

how long are they?

A Level study takes place over two years.

what do you need?

Five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above in appropriate subjects, to include English Language or Literature and/or Maths at Grade 5 or above and with specific relevant subjects related to your A Level choices at Grade 6 or above.

What will you do?

Advanced Level programmes consist of formal lectures, class activities and assessments, set homework and problem-solving. For each subject, you will also be required to undertake several hours of independent study.

We strongly encourage a broad programme for A Level students. Most subject specifications are assessed by examination but some include coursework assessment. All A Levels at the College will be delivered in the new linear format with no qualification at the end of year one. Academic assessment for Linear A Levels will take place at the end of two years of study. Students must study a minimum of three A Levels.

our stories

Millie’s Story

Millie's College journey was not always smooth sailing, however her perseverance paid off when she received three A's at A Level and is now able to study her dream course at her first-choice university.
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Image of Derek who studied Chemistry, Law and Psychology with the Law Academy.

Derek’s Story

Derek hopes to progress to study Law at University, and has taken several extra curricular opportunities to compliment his studies at Truro and Penwith College, including enrolling in the Law Academy, becoming a Student Ambassador and part of the Student Council.
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Amy is stood smiling outside in a dark jacket with her hands in her pockets. She studied A Level Art & Design, Physics, Mathematics and Further Maths.

Amy’s Story

Amy has completed her A Levels at Penwith College and has received an offer from Cambridge University to study Engineering.
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Tara’s Story

With the support of the College’s Medics Academy Tara has received an offer to study Medicine at university in pursuit of her dream career.
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The College gives you more freedom, which I believe creates a better learning environment.

Una - A Level Chemistry, Biology and Fine Art


pass rates secured in comparison with the national pass rate of 97.6% in the 2019 results.

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individual A and AS Level entries. Truro and Penwith College is one of the largest providers of the qualification nationally.


subjects achieved a 100% pass rate, including Maths, Further Maths, Physics, English Literature and Spanish.


pass rates secured in comparison with the national pass rate of 97.6% in the 2019 results.

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