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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

More students than ever have achieved outstanding A Level results at Truro and Penwith College, which once again has beaten the national average with a 99% pass rate. These A Level results are in line with last year’s record highs which contributed to the College’s Ofsted Outstanding grade.

On the ‘points per student score’ for A Level, which effectively measures the university “currency” students have earned, the College’s score of 819.4 was well above any other state provider in Cornwall and exceeded the national average score by over 40 points.

Students achieved significantly higher grades than those predicted by their GCSE results and on this value-added measure the College outperforms over 98% of the 2,300 state school and college providers in England. A record-equalling 87% of students passed with the higher grades of A-C (compared to national A-C grade pass rate of 77% last year).


Nearly 900 students successfully completed their two-year Level 3 vocational courses this summer with again most students achieving very high grades. These figures make Truro and Penwith College one of the largest providers of higher-level vocational qualifications nationally, as well as one of the most successful in terms of achievement levels.

More than 400 students gained Diplomas in occupational areas such as administration, beauty therapy, construction, hairdressing, professional cookery and light vehicle maintenance with around 100 of these being at Level 3 (A Level equivalent). Nearly 200 students achieved the highest BTEC Level 3 grade possible, the coveted triple Distinction star.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Exceptional performance on the IB Diploma meant that the ‘points per student’ score for all academic courses at the College reached an incredible 831.9. A total of 57 students completed the IB Diploma at Truro College this year, with the average score of 36 points being equivalent to two A*s and two As at A Level. 

Out of a possible 45 points in all, 25% of the IB students at Truro College achieved 40 or more points this year. Forty points is equivalent to more than four A*s or five As at A Level. Our top IB student in the year achieved 44 points – equal to nearly five A*s at A Level. She is now going to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford.

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.