OVER 4,000 visitors took the opportunity to explore their options and discover their future at the first Open Day of the academic year at Truro College on Saturday.

Truro College opened its doors for prospective students of all ages to explore the campus and get chatting to the teaching staff about the wide range of available courses and subjects.

Across the campus there were numerous chances to get involved and discover what studying at Truro College can offer and plenty of visitors got hands on to explore the possibilities offered by their favourite subjects.

Creative types headed to the White building, the College’s centre for Art and Design, where they tried out techniques such as pin hole photography and printmaking to get a taste of what to expect from studying Art at Truro.

Visitors with an interest in technology revelled in exploring the world of virtual reality with the IT and Computing team as they offered their Oculus Rift headset to try. Demonstrations of the potential offered by 3D printing captivated their gathered audiences, who also jumped at the chance to try programming robotic arms.

Budding athletes enjoyed discovering more about the Sport Academy provision with talks throughout the day, including on the College’s ever-successful Rugby Academy, which has produced the likes of England’s Jack Nowell and Fiji’s Josh Matavesi, who both represented their countries during the recent World Cup.

The state-of-the-art workshops in the Seaton building were explored by a large number of potential students interested in all things construction and engineering, where they had the chance to try out the facilities themselves with taster sessions in plastering, carpentry, brickwork and vehicle maintenance.

The day was set to a soundtrack of performances from Music students at the College, including a jazzy offering from the Saxophone Academy, as well as sets from the talented bands from the various Music Diploma courses.

College Principal David Walrond said:

“These events are always very extremely busy and popular, but I have never seen higher levels of interest and attendance at such an event, nor a wider reach in terms of attendance from across the whole of Cornwall. The quality of advice and guidance about post-16 options has declined dramatically, so these events - where prospective learners can have five hours to explore all aspects of our offer and question current students and staff – are ever more important.

“This year there was particular interest from visitors about our plans for a third campus to serve the North and East of Cornwall, and to reduce the very long journey times that learners currently face to access what they want. Many took the opportunity to register their support for our plans.”

The next opportunity to discover more about your options and studying at Truro College is coming up next month, as the college opens its doors once again on Thursday, December 3 between 5pm and 8pm.