Further Education

At Truro and Penwith College, the future is in your hands. Choose from a wide variety of courses and subjects, from A Levels and vocational qualifications to Apprenticeships and the IB Diploma. Whatever you want to study, it’s up to you.

Why go into Further Education?

Further Education is your chance to specialise in the subjects that you really enjoy. Whether you want to develop a trade, learn and earn a wage as an apprentice, or continue on to study at university level, we have almost 200 courses for you to choose from.

Once you've chosen your preferred pathway you can download an application form and send it into us or, if you're still unsure, get in touch with one of our friendly and helpful advisors who can talk to you about the options available. To get a flavour of Truro and Penwith College, from its inspirational teaching to unrivalled, modern facilities and resources, come along to one of our Open Events which are held throughout the year.

Your options

A Levels

If you want to continue your academic study with a view for eventually going to university then A Levels are a great option. Pick up to five of your favourite subjects, or try something new like photography or classical civilisation. With A Levels you can mix-and-match creative, academic and vocational subjects to create a learning experience unique to you.

Vocational courses

If you know the career path you want to pursue, then our vocational courses give you the chance to specialise in one subject. We offer qualifications across a range of industries, with choices such as art and design, engineering, care work, and many more. These are work-related awards, designed to nurture your passion for your chosen trade while preparing you for employment or Higher Education.


Apprenticeships are placements within a working role, allowing you to learn in one of the oldest and most effective ways. Develop practical skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification, all while earning a real wage. Teaming up with local businesses, we offer Apprenticeships in a wide range of industries, from law to beauty to bricklaying. Whatever career you want, Apprenticeships are an excellent vocational education.


We offer a small number of subjects at GCSE level – English, Mathematics and Science (Human Physiology and Health) – which may be taken alongside other courses. If you'd like to retake GCSEs, you will need to give consideration to the overall balance of your programme and listen very carefully to the advice you receive at your interview.

If you've received grades D-G in your GCSEs

If you haven't yet achieved a GCSE grade C or above in English and/or maths, we'll support you with an additional course as part of your studies. You’ll be asked to study either a GCSE or Functional Skills, depending on your previous qualifications and after an initial assessment.

Young College

In partnership with some of our local secondary schools, we offer a ‘Young College’ provision for groups of year 10 and 11 students wishing to study a vocational course. The vocational options range from Entry Level to Level 2. Decisions are made by schools regarding the pupils chosen to attend College.

Elected Home Educated students wishing to begin a programme of study at College should contact Tamsin Merritt for further information: tamsinm@truro-penwith.ac.uk

Learning support

Lots of students, regardless of academic ability, find they need support with their course at some point. Our tutors can work with you on a one-to-one, small group and/or workshop basis on literacy, numeracy, revision skills, exam technique, essay writing and much more.

Whether you need regular support or a one-off workshop, we can tailor our approach and schedule sessions to suit you.

How to apply

A Levels and vocational courses

If you'd like to apply for A Levels or a vocational course, all you have to do is complete one of our application forms, which you can pick up from your school or download from the website using the link below.

For more information on applying, and to download an application form, visit our how to apply for Further Education page.

To get in touch, call us on 01872 267000 for Truro, or 01736 335000 for Penwith. Or you can email us at enquiry@truro-penwith.ac.uk.


To start your Apprenticeship search, complete our contact form to register your interest and the Apprenticeship team will support you with your application. 

There are three ways to find an Apprenticeship:

  1. Apply for as many relevant Apprenticeship vacancies on Get My First Job. 
  2. Approach employers directly with your CV. If an employer is interested in hiring you as their apprentice, let us know! The College will check if the employer and the role is suitable for an Apprenticeship. 
  3. Approach your current employer. If you already work at weekends or over the summer in the industry you would like to become an Apprenticeship. Let us know and the College will meet you and your employer to discuss the programme and answer any questions. 

Call our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team on 01872 242711 or email us at apprenticeships@truro-penwith.ac.uk for more information. 


There is funding available for some students, dependent on your circumstances and the course you want to study. View the funding page for more information.

If you'd like to talk to us about funding, get in touch by post, phone or email and we’ll be happy to help.

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