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Our Vision & Values

Truro and Penwith College is one of the best colleges in the country, a fact recognised by Ofsted which gave us Outstanding status following our review in February 2016. Campuses in Truro and Penzance both offer an exceptional range of courses for a variety of students, providing industry-standard equipment and resources housed in modern, purpose-built facilities.

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Our Students

The College prides itself on providing a fantastic student experience, giving the perfect platform for our students to prepare for and succeed in the world of work or at university.

Our Mission Statement is: 'To provide the best possible learning experience, leading to the highest possible level of achievements by our students' and we promote the Values of Wellbeing, Engagement, Aspiration and Respect among our staff and students.

Innovations in learning and support

We were thrilled to be awarded Beacon Status in recognition of excellence and innovation in the Learning and Skills sector, and our Ofsted Outstanding Status is a source of great pride, but what does it mean for you?

Comments made by the Ofsted inspectors' report give an insight as to why our students thrive during their time with us and how you will have the best chance of achieving your goals when you choose Truro and Penwith College.

Since the Outstanding Ofsted report, Truro and Penwith College has achieved a number of additional national awards, which include The Association of Colleges Beacon Awards for Leadership and Governance (2017) and Mental Health and Well-being (2018); for which we were also presented with the Leading Light Award.

In 2020, we received matrix re-accreditation for the quality of our Information, Advice and Guidance.

the college history

The College you see today was formed in 2008, when Truro College merged with Penwith College in Penzance.

Truro College opened in 1993 with the aim of providing education and training to the city and its surrounding areas. Soon, these ‘surrounding areas’ expanded to encompass most of Cornwall, as increasing numbers of students were attracted by our reputation and results.

Before the merger, Penwith College was a small tertiary college serving the area from Land’s End to Hayle and Camborne. It was decided in 2006 that Penwith should be merged with Truro College; a process completed in 2008. In the five years that followed, £30m was spent on redeveloping the site, student numbers more than doubled, and results across all levels rose dramatically to match those of Truro College.


the college today

Truro and Penwith College now offers a wide number of courses across many qualification types and levels, from traditionally ‘academic’ A Levels and Degrees to Apprenticeships, vocational courses and business training.

Building on the best individual traditions of both centres, the merged Truro and Penwith College has a local and national reputation as an institution which is lively, innovative, demands high standards of its learners, but is also caring and supportive of individuals.

We continually invest in buildings, facilities and resources for our students across all ages. Recent developments include the opening of the £7.3m South West Institute of Technology building at Truro College, investment in new Science labs at Penwith College and the opening in 2023 of the STEM and Health Skills Centre in Bodmin, a brand-new education hub for students in the north east of Cornwall.

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