University Courses

A pathway to your chosen career, our University courses put you first and give a greater understanding of a specific subject and develop your analytical, intellectual and writing skills.

University courses at Truro and Penwith College are run from our dedicated, modern buildings at both the Truro and Penwith College campuses. Outdoor Education courses are also run from our Tregye campus taking advantage of its proximity to some of the best land and sea environments in Cornwall on which to complete your training.

All our courses put you as the learner first, are centred around you as an individual and your specific requirements with one-to-one tuition the norm and smaller, more personal class sizes. Many of our current and graduating students comment on this personal approach to learning giving them a significant boost to achieve their best.

Our university level courses have been rated 'gold' by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), this rating is only awarded to institutions with the 'highest quality teaching, learning and outcomes'.

Many of our 2016 students recently graduated at a grand ceremony held at Truro Cathedral.

Top-up Degrees (Level 6 Qualification)

A top-up degree is the equivalent to the final year of an honours degree. The College offer a wide range of top-up programmes. These programmes offer local progression routes from our Foundation Degrees and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs).  

I had the best years of my life so far at Truro and Penwith College. I am proud to say I studied at the College and shall represent them wherever I go.

Paris, BSc Sports Performance and Coaching

Foundation Degrees (Level 5 Qualification)

Foundation degrees are a Level 5 qualification. They were first introduced in 2000 and over the last 15 years have become recognised as an Higher Education qualification designed to meet employer needs. The Foundation Degree also opens up the potential for progression to a Top-up Degree thus enabling students to graduate with a full Bachelor's Degree.

HNCs (Level 4) & HNDs (Level 5)

Higher Nationals (HNs) are an established Higher Education vocational qualifications. They are designed to meet specific skills sets that employers require. The Higher National Certificate/Higher National Diploma (HNC/HND) are nationally recognised in the world of work. With these programmes students develop skills such as creative problem solving, planning and applying theories to work related scenarios. Progression from HNC is normally to an appropriate HND. Progression from an HND can in some instances be to a Top-up Degree or, on occasion, to the second year of a Bachelor's Degree.

SUCCESS courses (Levels 4, 5 and 6)

Perfect for at work who wish to undertake higher level study, SUCCESS courses enable you to study a whole range of individual modules from our Plymouth University programmes on a flexible, part-time basis. Credits from these courses can be used towards a Plymouth University accredited Degree, Foundation Degree or Certificate of Professional Development (CPD).

From the course

Claire O’Hagan

Eight years ago I found myself leaving an abusive relationship, homeless with three children and completely broken both mentally and physically.  I struggled to cope with life in a various hostels and temporary accommodation for a year; before finding a more permanent home in Newquay. It was at this point, as the dust began to settle, that I realised that life had more to offer and that it was time for me to find something that made me happy. 

I was extremely nervous returning to education after so long, but the staff at Truro College put my mind at ease and did all they could to help my transition back into learning. 

I joined the Access to Humanities course in 2012 and it changed my life. It opened my eyes to a whole new world of education, achievement and potential. I was so blown away I wished I had done it years earlier.

The work was hard and juggling my chaotic family life even harder, but I pushed through, eventually joining the Foundation Degree in English Studies. Within this course I found my true calling, English. I loved every minute, and found every aspect fascinating. The Fda gave me the tools to become a professional, a step away from the minimum wage, seasonal jobs I had been used to. It was an incredible feeling to be successful at something I had never thought possible.

Progressing onto the BA Applied Media course, I successfully completed with a 2:1 Honours degree in 2014. The BA gave me the opportunity to complete my degree here in Cornwall, within reach of my familyand it is not an exaggeration to say that without Truro College, I would not be in the position I am today. 

I was then able to fulfil my dream of becoming a further education teacher. From the moment I had walked back into College, I knew that it was what I wanted to do. 

The next step was to apply to join the Post Graduate teacher training course. It is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my life. I made my dream a reality. I discovered that I could actually teach and that I loved it! 

I am now working alongside some of the people I most admire, within a team that has been fantastically supportive all the way through. It is my hope that I can go on to inspire others as I once was inspired. I am now teaching English to Access students here at the College, back where it all started, many years before, and I could not be happier. 

Anna Thomason-Kenyon

Why did you decide to do the FdA in Silversmithing and Jewellery?

It’s something I always wanted to do as I have always been creative and found art a great way of unburdening. I went to work for two local artists and they saw some textile work I had done. I the took a pottery course, before being helped to apply to Truro and Penwith College. 

How has your experience of the College been?

Really good. I have done all sorts of jobs, from point-to-point jockeying, to auditing, ending up in the care industry, and I had to wait until I was retired to fulfil the artistic side that I have always wanted to do. Luckily the College is still taking on students of my age. I am dyslexic and I have a terrific amount of help with that from the College. The other students who are much younger have given me terrific support.

What would you advise a mature person considering a course?

Never ever say it’s enough, chase your dreams. You find hidden depths within yourself that you never knew you had. My first jewellery piece has sold and the buyer has requested a private viewing of my next piece, which is fantastic. 

Rory, FdA English Studies

After moving from Hong Kong to Cornwall, Rory decided to study FdA English Studies at Truro and Penwith College. As part of his course, Rory undertook a two-week work placement with the local newspaper, The Packet. He did exceptionally well and had over 60 articles published under his own name. Largely based on the strength of the portfolio of work he produced during his work placement, Rory secured a place at Southampton Solent University to complete his degree, taking the third top-up year in a degree in Journalism.

Rory was accepted onto Sky News’ 2013 Diversity Scheme, where he assisted the production team with setting up and delivering the weekend content on TV. He’s now working as a researcher at the BBC. 

Daryll, FdSc Web Technology

After studying a National Diploma in Photography at Truro College, Daryll joined the FdSc Web Technology course to pursue his passion for computing and a career in web developing. He completed his top-up course at Plymouth University and graduated with a 2:1 in BSc (Hons) Computing.

“My lecturer inspired me to push myself and do my best in education. In addition to helping me throughout my studies, he also helped me when I was freelancing after I had left Truro. I cannot recall a lecturer more passionate about their subject and it really showed through the high quality of teaching.”

Daryll now works at a web development agency in Truro and is an established member of the local community as a great developer.

Jessica, BA (Hons) Applied Media

Jessica was in two minds as to whether university was right for her. After attending an interview for a place on the FdA Photography and Digital Imaging course, she felt Truro and Penwith College was a brilliant place to further her studies.

Jessica said, “I felt welcomed and respected by the College from day one and the overall feel of the campus was totally different to any other institution.”

Successfully completing her FdA, Jessica went on to achieve First Class Honours in Applied Media at the College. Since graduating, she’s gained the position of Digital Media and Design Officer for Cornwall Hospice Care. She has involved a number of current students in the production of projects for the charity, giving them valuable work experience.