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Truro and Penwith College can be found across two main campuses in Cornwall, offering over 50 study programmes, from Level 4 to postgraduate. There is a great range of University level courses and subjects to choose from and all of the courses on offer are approved either by Plymouth University or by Pearson. The two campuses are located in Truro and Penzance. There are also additional purpose-built arts centres at the Tregye Campus and the Penzance School of Art.
At Truro there is a campus restaurant and café run by the Rick Stein Academy, providing the perfect place for students to have a break and enjoy different dining experiences. While Penwith boasts enviable views and modern facilities in a relaxed, coastal environment.
Students benefit from studying at a smaller institution with all the perks of a large university, including membership to the Student Union at the University of Plymouth.
With 1-1 personal support available for all students, a University level course at Truro and Penwith College means you can still fit life around your lectures and receive a University experience tailored to every individual’s needs.
A dedicated careers guidance team is on hand to help students with all stages of the job hunt, from assisting with applications, checking CVs and cover letters and helping to practice interview techniques necessary to secure a dream job. The team work closely with local employers and recruitment agencies to help offer a wide range of opportunities available even after graduating.
For compulsory work placements, the Work Placements Officer is available to help secure safe placements with companies throughout the county.
While studying at the College, students will have access to the Job Shop, which advertises part-time work for those who want to earn some extra money and gain valuable work experience.
All courses at the College are designed to meet the needs of employers, combining academic study with employability skills and knowledge. All lecturers are experienced in their field of study, and with smaller class sizes, students will benefit from a personal approach within the dedicated teaching environment.
With course qualifications ranging from Foundation Degrees to HNC/HND and Bachelor Degrees, there are many options for study, including full and part-time routes available.
Students studying a University of Plymouth approved course, have the option to become members of the University of Plymouth Students’ Union. In addition to events and activities hosted at Truro and Penwith College, students will have the opportunity to participate in UPSU events in Plymouth. At the College, every course has the option to nominate a Student Course Representative who will attend meetings to represent the views of students and relay feedback to the group. Student Reps are also responsible for arranging social activities, volunteering and overseeing the running of the clubs and societies.
Truro and Penwith College do not offer accommodation. Students are requested to find a suitable place to stay during their time at the College.
Facilities across the Truro and Penwith campuses are all purpose-built for the area of study, providing students with specialist equipment suited to their subject specifications. There are also rehearsal and recording facilities, IT suites and therapy and physiotherapy rooms.
Tregye Campus facilities include a purpose-built arts centre, with specialist studios for graphics, fine art, textiles, photography and 3D design students. The prestigious Penzance School of art also houses ceramics workshops as well as studios for other artistic mediums.
Students will find a range of learning centres across all campuses with plenty of computers, subject specific books and group and individual study areas.
Students will also have access to a vast collection of online resources provided by both Truro and Penwith College and Plymouth University.
There are a number of shops reachable on site, selling reasonably priced study supplies and art materials, as well as a number of cafes and food outlets.
Cornwall is a surfer’s paradise, with a beautiful coastline and plenty of untouched beaches. Students will be able to enjoy delicious culinary delights across the county, including the famous Cornish pasty and afternoon tea with Cornish clotted cream. Famous celebrity chefs Nathan Outlaw, Paul Ainsworth and Rick Stein also have restaurants nearby, including The Rick Stein Academy campus restaurant on-site.
Attractions in the region include the Eden Project and the Tate Gallery St Ives, as well as a large number of theatres, including the open air Minack Theatre that overlooks the sea. The Hall for Cornwall and Princess Pavillion host well known performers all year round, while castles, museums and seal sanctuaries can also be discovered here.
Cinemas, bars, restaurants, country pubs and clubs will also ensure that there is always something to do in the evenings.
Festivals throughout the year offer something for everyone, including Boardmasters, Eden Sessions, Falmouth Week and the Cornwall Film Festival.
Students can get involved in the Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme by participating in a wide variety of sporting events and activities hosted at the College.
There is also the opportunity to become a Sport Activator where students can help to deliver these sessions to others. In addition to this, students can also contribute to the College’s future by becoming part of the University of Plymouth Students’ Union. Student Representatives are a vital link between students and the College, representing their views as well as arranging various social activities, clubs and societies.
The College has a team of qualified Student Support Assistants on board, who are dedicated to offering advice and support to all students. An additional counselling service is also available for students to confide in for support with any personal, emotional or mental health issues. Students with learning difficulties will be offered additional support and reasonable adaptations to assist with learning needs where appropriate.
Students with Children or Dependents
Students may be eligible for extra financial support if they have a child, or if they are supporting a dependent adult.
Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities may be able to gain financial help through Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).
Up to £720 is obtainable for students studying a Higher Education degree whose household income is less than £25,000. All other students studying full time will be able to receive up to £320 towards learning materials. Those studying on a part-time basis will be able to receive up to £225.
For more information on the scholarships and bursaries, head to the college’s website.
Students benefit from being taught by industry professionals, ensuring that they will be learning the relevant, current skills and knowledge needed for a career within the chosen industry.
Smaller class sizes also enable students to work closely with peers in smaller groups, as well as receiving extra support from the teacher.
Unlike other Universities, Truro and Penwith College provide a condensed timetable, meaning that students are only required on campus for two or three full days per week. The condensed timetable has been designed so that students can easily fit life around lectures, such as part-time employment or family commitments.
All of the Foundation Degrees and HNC/HND courses at Truro and Penwith College require 24-32 UCAS points for entry, whereas Bachelor Degree top-up years require 120 credits for entry.
Students aged 21 and over (mature students) without academic credentials will be considered on an individual basis, providing that they can prove they are capable of Higher Education study.
Level 3 qualifications received in the workplace will be taken into consideration.
Entry requirements vary depending on which course you apply for. Please check the course details for information.UCAS TARIFF CALCULATOR
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