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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 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).

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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.

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After signing up to the Medics’ Academy, Alice decided that she would like to pursue a career within healthcare.
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Alexander’s Story

Studying Mathematics at Truro and Penwith College has inspired Alexander to study Aerospace Engineering at university.
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Amelia has enjoyed the many health and wellbeing activities offered at the College, as well as conducting experiments in her science course.
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Harry’s Story

Harry has taken part in various extracurricular activities offered at Truro and Penwith College, alongside his A Level studies, to aid his application to university.
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Aimee chose to study a T Level at the College so that she could get valuable experience working in a community hospital.
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Callum’s passion for sport drew him to Truro and Penwith College, where he was able to join the Cricket Academy, learn new skills and put those skills into practice in his main studies.
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I really enjoyed how the course was very practical rather than theory based. It did have some thoery so was a good mix.

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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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