Truro And Penwith College News July 2015

 Stephanie Trembath (right) with her award, together with lecturer Heather Metcalfe (left) and personal tutor Katie Maggs.

Stephanie Trembath (right) with her award, together with lecturer Heather Metcalfe (left) and personal tutor Katie Maggs.

Student of the Year for Stephanie Trembath!

Stephanie Trembath has been awarded both ‘Outstanding BTEC Student of the Year for Health and Social Care’ and the overall ‘Outstanding BTEC Student of the Year’ at the fifth National BTEC Awards, as a result of her ongoing excellent achievement in her course and her devotion to developing a career in care.

Stephanie, aged 20 from Penzance, is studying the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at Penwith College and is on target to complete the programme with a triple distinction star grade (D*D*D*). This predicted achievement is even more remarkable considering Stephanie combines her studies with working long hours, including night shifts, in community care assisting vulnerable individuals within their own homes, as well as completing additional courses through her employment to boost her skills and knowledge in areas including End of Life Care, Stroke Awareness and Nutrition and Hydration in Care.

Stephanie has completed work experience in a variety of settings, including care homes, hospitals and day care centres, as well as helping with community projects. She said: “I originally decided to study Health and Social Care at Level 3 due to wanting to work with people that are unwell, disabled or vulnerable. I have always enjoyed being around people and gaining a better understanding of working and communicating effectively with people from all walks of life and with a variety of health problems. I believe that we are all the same and benefit from a kind word and some human contact regardless of our physical or mental situation.”

Stephanie was nominated for the award by her personal tutor and lecturer, Katie Maggs, who commented: “I firmly believe that she is truly such a deserving candidate for this BTEC award. I am so very proud of Stephanie – at such a young age her variety of skills, dedication, determination and motivation towards her personal and academic life truly demonstrates her zest for life and hunger for personal growth. She truly is remarkable in my eyes.”

Stephanie aims to study Adult Nursing and plans to apply to the Truro Knowledge Spa after gaining as much experience as possible in care.


Truro and Penwith College reaccredited as Investors in Diversity

In response to the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion through methods including sponsored crèche facilities, subsidised bus travel and a new cashless catering system introduced to support students in receipt of free school meals, Truro and Penwith College is delighted that its continual commitment has been recognised by its reaccreditation as an Investor in Diversity by the National Centre for Diversity.

This prestigious quality mark has been awarded following a thorough assessment process that has involved actively engaging with students, staff, Governors, local suppliers and the local community. The College has continued to meet the national standard, demonstrating that a commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is at the heart of the College’s work.

The reaccreditation reflects the high levels of individual support the College offers to ensure all of its students are able to make the best possible progress.

Student quotes published in the assessment report include:

“I have been incredibly well supported here. As a mature student, I was nervous about coming back to learn, they have shown me both practical support and helped me build my confidence;” “as a student with a disability, I have no issues here, I find the staff very approachable and access has never been a problem”; and “the College diagnosed my dyslexia and now I get tons of practical support and feel like I’m learning for the first time in my life!”

The report also highlighted a number of ways the College was tackling economic disadvantage to enable inclusion such as sponsored crèche facilities, subsidised bus travel and a new cashless catering system introduced to support students in receipt of free school meals.

The National Centre for Diversity Assessor commented:

“I was struck by the commitment of College staff and their understanding of providing a beacon of support to local groups and services in a time of public sector austerity.”

One example highlighted in the report is the College’s longstanding commitment to working with The Penwith Older People’s Forum. A member stated: “We have always found the College to be supportive and very open to sharing its resources with us, an organisation that supports older people in the Penwith area. From the word go, it was how can we help you? What do you need? Now, the College has resourced us with staff and student support and it is great to listen and work collaboratively with students and bring younger views and older views and experiences together.”

Mark Arnold Director of Quality delighted with the achievement of the award commented: “Diversity and inclusion are central to the College’s culture and it is a credit to the staff at the College that these values are being converted into effective actions to promote inclusion and celebrate diversity both within the college and the local community. We are wholeheartedly committed to providing an inclusive environment in which learners, staff and all stakeholders feel valued, respected and able to fulfil their potential.”



The IB group at their induction at Tomperrow.

100% Pass Rate For Truro And Penwith College International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) programme at Truro and Penwith College continues to go from strength to strength with 100% of students passing the diploma again this year and one student achieving an amazing score equivalent to over 4 A*s at A Level!

26 students completed the IB diploma this year, completing with an average score of 35.2 points out of a total of 45, which is equivalent to at least AAB at A Level. 81% of the students scored over 32 points which is the typical average for the UK. Within this group Rosa Dyer from Gorran Haven scored an impressive 43 points, equivalent to over 4 A*s, and is going to read Human, Social and Political Science at Cambridge.

The majority of the students have accepted places with either their first or second choice universities. The variety of subjects chosen for university study reflects the diverse range of progression routes available following the IB diploma. Examples from this year’s successful students include reading French and International Management at Bath, Physics with North American study at the University of Exeter and Geography at the University of Bristol.

Caroline Keech, IB Co-ordinator at Truro College, offered her congratulations to the students: “We are so incredibly proud of our IB candidates. These excellent results once again demonstrate the huge effort, commitment and determination of our IB students. They are fully deserving of a huge amount of praise for doing so well on a demanding course. Whatever they choose to do next, they leave the Truro and Penwith College IB Diploma fantastically equipped to be enormously successful as undergraduates and in their working lives. We wish them all the very best for their bright futures.”

The International Baccalaureate diploma is a two-year course which many students consider as an excellent alternative to A Levels, as it allows them to continue to study a range of subjects at an advanced level. It is an internationally recognised university entry qualification and is recognised by all UK universities. More and more students are joining this demanding yet rewarding course at Truro and Penwith College, with over 50 students expected to begin the programme this September.



Access to HE Nursing students with tutor Ali Manion.

Students Have Access To Higher Education Achievement

Truro College is celebrating the continued success story of its Access to Higher Education (HE) provision. Access to HE Diplomas were awarded to 132 students at a recent presentation event at Truro College, showing over a 10% increase of completing students compared with 2014.

Miles Schofield, Programme Team Leader for Access to HE, commented: “The last three years have seen a year-on-year rise in the number of Diplomas being achieved and students continue to progress to a wide range of courses including Nursing, Midwifery, Psychology, Law, Paramedic training, Dietetics and Anthropology. Our Access students are also gaining entry to prestige universities including Bath, Exeter and Cardiff. Many students choose to study locally with Nursing students studying at the Knowledge Spa and a number of students choosing to progress their undergraduate studies here at Truro College.”

Since September, mature students from a range of educational backgrounds have been preparing for Higher Education by developing their study and written skills, as well as gaining the crucial subject knowledge in order to progress. The Diplomas available to students through the Access to HE course at Truro and Penwith College are varied and include Creative Arts, Humanities, Teaching and Law, Health and Social Care, Nursing and Human Sciences, Psychology, Counselling and Social Work, and Science.

The Science pathway is approved by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), which allows students to apply for professional registration with the Science Council. This year, 11 students were awarded Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) status. The students carried out an employer led practical project and were assessed by undertaking an oral examination, or ‘viva voce’ as it is called in Higher Education institutions. Three of these students have been nominated for the national RSciTech award. The nominees are Phoebe Worden, Samuel Powell and Lauren Barry. The winners will have the opportunity to attend an awards ceremony in London this September.

Megan Palmer studied on the Access to Humanities course and successfully applied to University of Bath to study Politics and International Relations. Although she needed to achieve a very high number of Distinction grades, she actually surpassed that requirement. Miles Schofield praised Megan, saying: “Despite universities asking for very demanding grade profiles, Meg typifies the commitment needed to progress to studying at the highest level and should be seen an inspiration to anyone considering an Access course for their route to University.”

Within the Health and Social Care pathway, 65 students completed the Nursing and Human Sciences route and 14 achieved their diploma in the Psychology and Counselling Theory route. These students have achieved places at universities already for a variety of subjects including Physiotherapy, Nursing and Paramedic training. Every applicant for a Nursing course was successful, which is an outstanding achievement given the competition for places.

Within the Science pathway Kate Alderson, Natasha Bransby, Amy Hambly-Symons, Zeno Ivory and Adam Webster achieved 45 credits at distinction. Examples of the progression routes from this pathway include degrees in Physiotherapy, Paramedic Science, Dietetics, Radiography, Mining Engineering, Conservation and Zoology.

The majority of British universities will accept Access to Higher Education courses as an alternative to A Levels and other more traditional routes for the over 19s. Qualifications are not necessary to join the course, just high levels of motivation, determination and a desire to apply for a university course for the following year.


Ben KentInternational Arena For Triathlete Ben Kent

Truro College student Ben Kent has been offered the opportunity of a lifetime after qualifying to compete in triathlon in America.

Ben, aged 18 from Scorrier, has been selected to participate in the Standard Distance Triathlon World Championships in Chicago, in the Under 20s category. To qualify, Ben had to finish in the top four in one of three qualifying races, as well as finishing within 115% of the age group winner’s time. He achieved this last month at the Deva Triathlon in Chester, where he placed 4th. Ben needs to finance the trip himself and is seeking sponsorship to support this fantastic opportunity to represent the College, Cornwall and Great Britain at an international level. Potential sponsors can contact Ben by emailing

Although he had been a keen runner and swimmer previously, Ben became interested in triathlon following his involvement with the College’s Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme, which encourages students and staff to get active and participate in a range of sports and activities. Events Ben has been involved in include the Mud Run, which is a cross-country race with obstacles across the River Dart Country Park. Talking about the prospect of competing on an international level, Ben said: “I’m quite nervous actually, because it’s a huge competition!”

A lot of Ben’s training takes place outside of College, where he swims for Carn Brea Swimming Club and is Senior Boys Captain, as well as cycling with One and All Cycling Club in Bissoe. At Truro College, Ben also trains with the Swimming Academy and tests his ability on the watt bikes with the College’s Sports Technicians.



Truro College Language Ambassadors Lysette Turner, Dani Jefferies and Nathalie Lloyd-Cope.

Truro College Celebrates The 3rd Year Of Languages At University And Beyond

Did you know that 95% of the world’s population do not speak English at all? Neither did over 100 students and staff from schools across Cornwall who attended Truro College recently to celebrate European languages at an educational conference.

Students from Richard Lander School, Penair School, Torpoint Community College and St Ives School visited the College to see how learning a language would improve their chances of gaining stable, highly paid and exciting employment. The group met the University of Exeter’s Dr Juan García-Precedo, lecturer in Hispanic Studies, Dr José Tenreiro Prego, lecturer in Spanish and Dr Susana Afonso, lecturer in Portuguese, who gave a talk highlighting the importance of speaking another language.

Following the conference, students participated in a variety of real life scenarios to make the most of their German, French and Spanish language skills. They worked in teams to complete research, translation, interpreting, marketing and teaching assignments to achieve a specific goal: attracting interest for a multinational theme park to set up a branch in Cornwall. Truro College’s staff ran a total of 30 workshops throughout the day so that the visiting students could experience the buzz of working under pressure.

Truro and Penwith College has a long, successful tradition of delivering high standard courses in German, Italian, French and Spanish in both A Level and International Baccalaureate programmes, where students have opportunities to spend time in the countries where these languages are spoken.



Sara Webb, Charlotte Woods and Eleanor Williams at Graduation 2014.

University Place Records Broken At Truro And Penwith College

The goal of attending university is becoming a reality for a record number of Truro and Penwith College students.

Latest figures for July show that a growing number of students have had their places at University confirmed through the University and College Admission Service (UCAS).

The monthly UCAS Progress Report captures total numbers of students applying and receiving confirmed offers, and the latest figure of 1,401 confirmed places marks a new high. This compares to 1,283 at the same point in 2014.

All students at the College receive a comprehensive package of support in helping them to reach their intended destination. This includes a programme of visiting speakers, events for parents and carers, targeted progression days and support and mentoring through the College’s Academic Academy, STEM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Medics’ Academy.

The College’s STEM Academy launched in September 2014 and has provided students with opportunities to enhance their UCAS applications through participation in Olympiads, national competitions and a broad range of stretch and challenge activities. The Academy has supplemented the success of the College’s Medics’ Academy from which 21 students have made successful applications, a position which puts Truro and Penwith College students amongst the best performing nationally.

Mark Wardle, Director of Curriculum at Truro and Penwith College, found much to celebrate in the record degree applications.

“As a College, we encourage our students to be aspirational and to fulfil their potential,” he said. “We work very hard to ensure that our students make informed and ambitious choices and that they receive as much support as they need throughout the process. These confirmed places demonstrate the potential of Cornish young people and will ensure that they go on to make significant contributions to economic development in the future. ”