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Outstanding results

We are one of the best non-selective Colleges in the country when it comes to academic achievement. Truro and Penwith College is also officially the best performing public 16-18 provider in Cornwall. Whether you decide to take A Levels, the IB Diploma or a vocational option, we welcome you to join us in continuing to deliver outstanding results.

A Levels

Learners at the College secured pass rates of over 99.2% in comparison with the national pass rate of 97.6% in the 2018 results. The percentage of those securing the top A*to B grades at the College rose again to 69%, against the national average of 53%. 

With over 2,500 individual A level entries, Truro and Penwith College is one of the largest providers of the qualification nationally. This year’s results again see it confirmed as one of the best too.  

No fewer than 35 subjects achieved a 100% pass rate, including Maths, Further Maths, Physics, English Literature and Spanish. The College’s leading local and national role in STEM (Science, Technology, Maths, Engineering) education was evidenced once more, both in the quality of student outcomes, and in the volumes of entries.

For example, 222 (46 in Further Maths) students gained a Maths A level, 139 passed Biology, 139 were successful in Chemistry, and 121 in Physics. These successes followed earlier results in STEM subjects at the college on the International Baccalaureate and in vocational Diplomas such as Applied Science and Engineering.

Many traditional ‘facilitating’ subjects also saw very high levels of entry, with 304 students gaining an English A level, 130 passing Geography and 136 History. 

Results across the College’s two present sites, in Penzance and Truro, were again very closely matched indeed, confirming last year’s Ofsted judgements about how the exceptional and consistent quality of teaching and achievement characterises both campuses. 


Many hundreds of students excelled on vocational and skills-based courses at Truro and Penwith College in 2017.

Nearly 1000 students completed Level 3 courses, with an exceptional number achieving high grades, which confirms Truro and Penwith College as one of the largest and highest-quality providers of higher-level vocational qualifications nationally.

On BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma courses, nearly 900 students successfully completed their two-year, Level 3 (A Level equivalent) vocational qualifications in which 64% achieved a triple distinction, against a national rate of 38%. Over 250 students achieved the highest possible grade, the Triple Distinction Star on BTEC Diploma courses.  

The majority of students on these Diploma courses will be progressing onto degree courses, including some of the most competitive Russel Group universities.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

The International Baccalaureate programme at Truro and Penwith College continues to go from strength to strength.

In 2018, our IB students completed the Diploma with an average score of 36 points out of a total of 45, which is equivalent to three A stars and an A at A Level. Some of our students placed in the top 3% by earning a score of 40 or over, including one student who achieved a perfect score of 45.

Read more about our IB Diploma.

University Courses

In 2018, more than three quarters of bachelors degree students at the College who completed their courses were awarded either a First Class Honours or 2:1 for their final year of study. Our Foundation Degree and Higher National Diploma students also had positive results with over 60% of those graduating achieving equivalents high grades.