Cornwall College St Austell cancels A-level courses due to ‘insufficient’ student numbers

Cornwall College St Austell. Credit: ITV News West Country

Cornwall College Group has apologised after scrapping A-level courses for new starters - a day before students collected their GCSE results.

Cornwall College St Austell announced the decision after admitting application numbers were down.

The college said the limited intake of new students would not “allow for a positive, vibrant experience”.

The decision will not affect students who are part-way through their A-levels. Credit: ITV News West Country

Cornwall College St Austell will not be offering A-level courses to new starters in September 2019. Application numbers for this year’s first year group are not sufficient to allow for a positive, vibrant experience for learners. We are truly sorry for the disruption and disappointment this will cause applicants who were intending to start with us in September this year. It is, however, a decision made with the best interests of learners in mind.

Cornwall College Group

The decision only applies to new starters for 2019/20 - not students who are already part-way through their A-level courses.

Educators said they were working with other providers in the county - including Callywith College near Bodmin - to support applicants.

Conservative MP Steve Double, who represents St Austell and Newquay, said he was “disappointed” by the decision.

Steve Double MP. Credit: ITV News West Country

I think this has been fairly badly handled by Cornwall College and it’s deeply regrettable the way this has come about.

Steve Double MP