Hundreds of students have again excelled on vocational courses at Truro and Penwith College.

More than 500 students successfully completed their two-year level 3 vocational courses this summer with a record number achieving the highest grades. On the BTEC Extended National Diploma courses 235 students achieved at least a triple distinction (equivalent to 3 grade As at A-level) which equates to a record 50 per cent of students as against a national average of just 31 per cent.

Indeed 126 students achieved the highest grade possible, the new triple distinction star. The majority of students on these courses progress on to degree courses in the autumn. Sam Harry, the BTEC National Outstanding Student of the Year, has achieved a triple distinction star.

He said: “I never thought I would win this award and achieve these grades. I can’t believe how far I have come. I would like to work in sports rehabilitation and plan to go to St Mary’s in Twickenham.”

More than 100 students gained Level 3 (A-level equivalent) vocational qualifications including students gaining NVQ qualifications in beauty therapy, hairdressing, nail services and motor vehicle. Students also gained Level 3 qualifications.

Mark Arnold, director of quality at the college said: “The fact that the college offers more than 20 different extended national diploma courses as well as many NVQs and other specialist vocational courses mean that students are able to choose the right course for them.

These exceptional achievements ensure that our students have the best possible progression opportunities on to university and into employment or apprenticeships.”