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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% in comparison with the national pass rate of 97.9% in the 2017 results. The percentage of those securing the top A* and A grades at the College rose again to 29%, against the national average of 26.3%. 

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 39 subjects achieved a 100% pass rate, including Physics, History, Biology, Literature, Law, French 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, 241 students gained a Maths A level, 155 passed Biology, 130 were successful in Chemistry, and 90 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.

However, many Humanities and Arts subjects also saw very high levels of entry, with 339 students gaining an English A level, 138 passing Geography and 126 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, 396 students achieved at least a triple Distinction (equivalent to three A’s at A Level), representing nearly two thirds of all the students, which is nearly double the national average. Impressively, over half of these students attained the very highest grade possible, the triple Distinction star (equivalent to three A* grades at A Level).

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 2017, a total of 35 students completed the IB Diploma this year, completing with an average score of 36.7 points out of a total of 45, which is equivalent to three A stars and an A at A Level. 91% of the students scored over 30 points, which is the typical global average equivalent to A*, A, A, 71% surpassed the national average of 34.7 points and 29% of the cohort achieved over 40 points.  All of these incredible achievements meant that 87% of the IB students got into their first choice of university.

University Courses

Over a quarter of all Truro and Penwith College University level students achieved a First class degree in 2016  – an impressive 51% increase on last year’s results. And proving that 2016 was a record-breaking year for the College, nearly 75% of all graduating degree students achieved a 2:1 or First-Class Degree.

The record-breaking results confirms the positive feedback from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), which lauded the College’s “quality and standards of provision”, following its review in March 2016.