Truro & Penwith College

A positive and nurturing environment, combined with world-class facilities and exceptional tutors.


About Truro & Penwith College

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 2016 Performance Tables for schools and colleges.

Just some of the comments from Ofsted Inspectors on the quality of teaching at Truro and Penwith College include:

  • “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.”
  • “Learners make exceptional progress, often well above that which their expectations and their qualifications on entry would predict …. inspirational teaching”.


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.


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.

Working or relaxing

You’ll find your favourite places to hangout as you become familiar with the fantastic facilities in modern, purpose-built buildings. Whether lounging on the grass under the sun, grabbing a coffee before heading to the recording studios to work on your music, or throwing on your sports gear and working out at the gym, life between lectures is rich, varied and a lot of fun.

Back in the classrooms, the quality of teaching and the cutting-edge equipment across the curriculum will inspire you to make continued progress throughout your studies.


Experience your own transformation as you progress through your course. You’ll develop socially, professionally and personally, ready for university or employment. Thanks to the College’s vibrant and inclusive social scene, along with some of the best educational, artistic and sporting facilities in the country, you will be in the perfect environment to surpass your goals and lead a life of endless opportunity. Hone your skills, perfect your talents and achieve your potential.

It’s exciting, challenging and rewarding, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

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