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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 99.5% in comparison with the national pass rate of 97.6% in the 2019 results. The percentage of those securing the top A*to C grades at the College rose again to 88%, against the national average of 76%. 

With over 5, 000 individual A and AS 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 34 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 large and growing volumes of entries.

For example, 186 (37 in Further Maths) students gained a A Level pass, 117 passed Biology, 112 were successful in Chemistry, and 93 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 213 students gaining an English A level, 125 passing Geography and 107 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 2019.

Nearly 900 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 L3 Extended Diploma courses, over four hundred students achieved at least a triple Distinction (equivalent to three grade A’s at A Level). This equates to 64% of BTEC students compared to just over a third of students achieving these higher grades nationally. Indeed, over two hundred students at the College achieved the very highest grade possible, the triple Distinction star. There was similar high achievement for students following creative arts and media-based courses with almost 100 of the 250 students gaining Distinctions on their University Arts for London Extended Diploma courses.

In addition, around four hundred and fifty students gained Diplomas in occupational areas such as Beauty Therapy, Construction, Hairdressing, Professional Cookery and Light Vehicle Maintenance, with over a hundred of these being at Level 3 (A Level equivalent).

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 2019, our IB students completed the Diploma with an average score of 35 points out of a total of 45, which is equivalent to three A stars and an A at A Level and well above the global average of 29.63. Some of our students placed in the top 3% by earning a score of 40 or over, including one student who achieved an outstanding score of 44.

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.