About us

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. We have campuses in Truro and Penzance, both offering an exceptional range of courses, providing industry-standard equipment and resources, all housed in modern, purpose-built facilities.


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. “Learners enjoy great success because of the ethos of aspiration and achievement that pervades the College”. “Teachers are highly skilled, apply their expertise to great effect in planning lessons, and bring a passion to their teaching that challenges and inspires learners to make rapid progress". Other findings in their report included the teaching being “often inspirational” and that as a consequence “learners make exceptional progress, often well above that which their expectations and their qualifications on entry would predict”. Ofsted also applauded governors and senior leaders for creating “a culture where learning and achievement flourish as a result of excellent teaching.”

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 they were also presented with the Leading Light Award. In 2020, we also received matrix re-accreditation for the quality of our information, advice and guidance.

The Higher Education Provision was awarded the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) highest possible rating of Gold, of which only 20% of higher education providers have been awarded.

Truro and Penwith College emerged again as one of the best performing public 16-19 providers nationally in the Government’s official national post-16 2019 Performance Tables for schools and colleges.

You can view the full 16-18 report below and find out more HERE.


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. From an initial 2,770 students in 1993, learner numbers increased to around 13,900 students in 2008.

Treneere Manor at Penwith College

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, £30million was spent on redeveloping the site, student numbers more than doubled, and results across all levels rose dramatically to match those of Truro College.


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. The happiness of our students shows in their results, which place us in the top 4% of colleges in England. Our Academies, focusing on a range of specialisms from medical and academic to surfing and tennis, provide learners with an outlet for their talents outside formal studies. We’ve even got two public restaurants, offering top-quality food prepared by our own cookery students.

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.

From September 2020, Truro and Penwith College will offer the T Level qualification, a technical alternative to A Levels, in Construction, Digital, and Education and Childcare.

The College was chosen by the Department for Education (DfE) in a national selection process based on evidencing the highest quality of provision in technical education and training. It is the only Cornish provider chosen to deliver the new Technical Levels and one of only two throughout Devon and Cornwall. These qualifications will supplement existing qualifications in these curriculum areas at the College.

I received great encouragement and support from lecturers, enabling me to achieve my very best at all times. The whole ambience of the College was really positive and it’s somewhere I have definitely enjoyed studying.

Amy, A Level and Foundation Degree student

Callywith College

Working in association with Truro and Penwith College, Callywith College is a new Further Education College in Bodmin for 16-19 year olds in North and East Cornwall. The College offers its students an unrivalled education and experience with purpose-built facilities, state-of-the-art equipment and an excellent standard of teaching. Working in association with Ofsted Outstanding Truro and Penwith College, Callywith College brings the same quality and provision to North and East Cornwall. To download the application form or to find out more please visit Callywith College website

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