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Using our high-specification laboratories and extensive equipment, you’ll explore and experiment across a wide range of Science courses, from forensic science and environmental studies to biology and physics.

one of the top Science providers in the UK

Truro and Penwith College is one of the top-rated providers of Science-related post-16 education in the country and our students are consistently awarded some of the highest grades and achievement rankings nationally.

In addition to A Levels and Extended Diploma options, the College also offers a range of specialist academies as part of the College's enrichment programme.

There are several pathways available to our Science students across the College's academy provision, including Medics', Allied Health, STEM Research, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

If you are an adult learner and are interested in Biology GCSE please click here to find out more.


Click above to watch our film about studying Science at Truro and Penwith College and the career and university opportunities available to you.

Matt Bennett
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We are a truly outstanding Science department of dedicated experts who take pride in enabling learners to excel.

Matthew Bennett - Associate Director Academic Studies


Science is a subject for the inquisitive mind. Through research and experimentation you’ll identify and understand the scientific principles and laws that make life possible. Whether specialising in medical science or combining biology, chemistry and physics A Levels, your curiosity will be encouraged and your methodology perfected.

skills and prospects

With a scientific background, you’ll have a large selection of employment and Higher Education opportunities to choose from. Many of the skills learnt through scientific study, such as organisation, observation and research, translate well into a variety of other academic and professional subjects, broadening your horizons.


Studying Science courses with us has never been so exciting. You’ll be invited to guest lectures from organisations such as the Institute of Physics, and there is the opportunity for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. The College is also a member of the Royal Society Associate Schools and College scheme, meaning you’ll benefit from our partnership with the UK’s most prestigious scientific institution.

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Adult & Professional
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The lecturers at the College provided a brilliant support network and were happy to help with anything from lecture content to life advice – nothing was ever too much of an ask. I pretty much decided on my degree and university based on the advice I gained from my lecturers.

Amelia - BSc Biomedical Science student at Newcastle University who studied A Level Biology, Chemistry and Geography


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

Entry requirements for Science 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.

The College features brand-new, industry-standard laboratories and equipment to enhance your studies. With many staff qualified to PhD level, Truro and Penwith College is a STEM Learning Platinum Science Mark holder.

Yes, Enrichment opportunities include our nationally leading Medics’ Academy – for future doctors, vets and dentists – and the Accelerate Programme, which promotes development and excellence. You can find out more about our Enrichment offer at There are also many opportunities for students to challenge themselves and compete in their chosen field. Past successes include the South West RSC Schools Analyst Competition where the College were Regional Winners in 2020 and 2019 and National Champions 2018.

Yes, students benefit from abundant links with higher education progression and employability with support to secure work experience placements in hospitals, GP surgeries, veterinary practices and scientific laboratories. Also, field trip destinations include the Jurassic Coast, an exchange trip to Germany and a two-week conservation project with Operation Wallacea in Mexico.

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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