College and University

We take great pride in helping our students prepare for the next step – whether that’s college, university apprenticeships or in the workplace.

Cornwall College

Cornwall College St Austell, part of The Cornwall College Group (TCCG), is 5 minutes from Penrice Academy.

“Our study programme for full-time learners offers the chance to get qualifications that will open doors and develop valuable skills and experience that will put you ahead of the pack. Our priority is to prepare you for careers of the future, supporting you into further training, higher education and job roles.

St Austell campus facilities:

  • Bespoke A-level Centre, with a 98.2% pass rate
  • The Skills Centre offers courses and a specialist built environments for motor vehicle and engineering trades
  • The Keay Theatre is a 250 seat space where students can perform and watch performaces. The building includes dance studios, music practice suites and rehearsal rooms
  • Cloisters Restaurant is open to students and the public
  • KoKo Hair & Beauty Salons are open to students and the public, with courses and treatments available in hair, beauty and spa therapies
  • A fully equipped Gym & Fitness Suite is open to everyone 6 days a week

Read more about Cornwall College here.

See details of Open Events on our Diary Dates page.

Thinking About University?

We have received information from Oxford University regarding post 16 choices, especially regarding students hoping to apply to one of the Russell Group universities after completing A-Levels or the International Baccalaureate. The Russell Group represents 24 UK universities which are committed to the highest levels of academic excellence in both teaching and research.

There is much media misinformation about which A Levels these universities welcome. What they themselves say is that they believe the following “facilitating” subjects are the best for providing students with the balance they will need if they wish to pursue a degree at one of their member-universities. They would expect students to have taken A-Levels in at least 2 subjects from the following; English Literature, Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History and Modern Foreign Languages.

Students thinking of applying to a Russell Group university would also be expected to undertake what they call “super curricular” activities, such as joining local relevant groups, reading around the subject in their own time, visiting galleries, museums. entering local competitions, listening to relevant Radio 4 programmes, subscribing to relevant “professional” publications such as The Economist or The New Scientist.. and engaging in relevant work experience. In all these areas the emphasis is not on doing them in order to create an impressive personal statement, but on being able to demonstrate what has been learnt from the experience that would better enable the student to undertake the course being applied for.

Useful Links

There are links below which students and parents might find of use.

  • Bodmin College
  • Truro College
  • The Russell Group has just produced a new edition of Informed Choices, which can be found here.
  • Detailed information on the Oxford admissions process can be found here.
  • There is much free material available on I Tunes U