Bridgwater College is located in the heart of Somerset, with main centres in Bridgwater and Cannington. It also has outreach centres in Lufton near Yeovil and Paignton.
The College has an excellent reputation both regionally and nationally as a highly successful provider of education and training. It is a Beacon College and Ofsted outstanding since 2002. It has received 14 National Beacon Awards in recent years, and 2016 has seen the college grow for strength to strengths with its efforts being rewarded.
Throughout the year the college has been awarded the Queens Anniversary Award for Further and Higher Education, Sedgemoor Business Award and most recently has been awarded TES FE College of the Year 2016.
Bridgwater College caters for more than 17,000 full and part-time students and employs more than 1,300 staff. The student population comprises approximately 16-18 year olds, students following higher education programmes and part time adult learners. There is a growing international community, with students studying from over 35 different countries. The College also works closely with local and regional employers and has an excellent track record in providing certificated and bespoke training solutions for the business community.
There is an extensive curriculum, offering 37 A Level subjects, 100s of Vocational pathways and 100 of apprenticeship opportunities. 2016 Careers Open Event in March saw 151 apprenticeship pledges in one evening from employers enhancing the success of apprenticeship programmes in the Bridgwater area. There is also significant provision for students with additional learning needs. The College caters for all levels of study, from Year 10 and 11 school pupils attending on link and Diploma courses, right through to full Honours degree programmes. It is also one of a few Colleges outside the private sector to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
A significant investment programme means the College facilities are constantly developing. Building has recently commenced on an extension to the Energy Skills Centre and plans are in place for the construction of the National College of Nuclear. The grand opening of the McMillan Theatre has proven invaluable to students learning and community enjoyment since it was opened in September 2016.
Bridgwater College do a large amount of outreach in school in Bridgwater and the surrounding areas, from assembly presentations, curriculum links, workshops, attending parents evening to College Taster Days and Open Events. This all works towards all students being able to make the most informed decision about their next steps in education.