Welcome to Gloucestershire College
At Gloucestershire College we educate, innovate and inspire. We equip our students with the qualifications and skills needed for successful careers, and guide them towards choosing the route that is right for them.
With three main campuses in Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire College is able to offer a full range of courses, both academic and vocational. We pride ourselves on the support we provide to individual students; taking into account their respective needs, aspirations and potential.
If you choose GC Sixth Form, a hands-on vocational course, a foundation degree, or to earn while you learn as an apprentice, by furthering your education at our vibrant organisation you will be putting yourself in a strong position for the future.
As a career-focused college we have close relationships with hundreds of local employers, which enable us to tailor our courses to suit them and provide students with the vital, transferable skills they require.
Our staff are recruited for their expertise and experience in industry, which enable them to inject life into the theory they teach, while our dedicated support teams are always on hand to offer advice and guidance, even to those who aren’t quite sure where they want to go.
Ofsted rated our facilities ‘outstanding’ and we agree: on-site libraries, restaurants, salons, gyms and nurseries, alongside purpose-built engineering and construction workshops, health and social care wards, enterprise labs, theatres and recording studios.
If you are ambitious about your future, you’ll find Gloucestershire College a remarkable place to learn, develop and flourish.
We look forward to welcoming you to the GC family and wish you the best of luck on your journey to a successful future.
Matthew Burgess, Principal
- We’re very good at teaching. Our most recent A Level pass rate was 98.6%!
- 90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good. Ofsted has rated us “good” with “outstanding” features.
- All GC staff are experts in their subject area and a number of them have worked in industry too.
- We also have great facilities, including hair and beauty salons, a theatre, recording studios, tennis courts, restaurants and iMacs.
- A high standard of teaching and equipment, and our wide choice of courses, make us an excellent choice for UK and international students.
Chelsea Bar and Brasserie
Catering and hospitality students have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience at Chelsea Bar and Brasserie, as part of our vocational training partnership with the popular Cheltenham restaurant. Students work both in the kitchen and front of house to gain skills ranging from cooking to customer service – giving them the edge in future employment.
Food and Drink
We’re proud of our reputation for offering some of the best food in the county – at affordable prices! Our Cheltenham and Forest of Dean campuses have restaurants open to students and the paying public.
There’s a wide range of healthy and nutritious meals, snacks and sandwiches available throughout the day at Food Central, with a Starbucks counter at Cheltenham and Gloucester campuses offering your high street favourites at discounted rates.
Hair and Beauty
Students and members of the public can book quality, affordable hair and beauty treatments with GC students at our Graduations salons, based at the Gloucester and Forest of Dean campuses. So next time you’re on your lunch hour, or have a special occasion coming up, why not book yourself in for a cut, manicure or facial that won’t break the bank!
There are nurseries at all three of our main campuses, giving you the opportunity to study with the convenience of quality childcare nearby.
Graduations at No.9 is training the hairdressing workforce of the future and offers clients quality hair and beauty services, expertly delivered by GC students, at affordable prices. Pop in next time you need a trim!
Libraries at all three of our campuses provide inspiring places to study and are kitted out with state-of-the-art facilities, including iMacs, group study areas, printers and all the books and e-books you could ever need to satisfy your thirst for knowledge.
Learning Support and Accessibility
We are committed to including and helping students with additional needs. Our Learning Support team is here to help and guide people with a range of learning differences and disabilities.
You can let us know about a learning difference, disability or medical condition on your application form, at your interview, or by contacting the Learning Support team. We have helped students with the following problems:
- Dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia
- Visual stress
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Asperger’s and Autism
- Physical difficulties
- Sensory impairment
- Medical conditions
- Transition planning and attendance at school annual reviews from Year 9 onwards
- Advice and support throughout the application, interview and enrolment process
- Specialist assessment of needs before and during your period of study
- Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP)
- Assistive Technology
- Support in and out of timetabled sessions
- Exam arrangements
- DSA diagnostic assessment of learning needs for GC Higher Education students
- Information, advice and awareness training for staff and students
- Specialist Tuition
- Chill out space, independent work space and private space
Assessment of Needs
When you get in touch, we’ll arrange an informal meeting with a member of our team to discuss what support you may need.
Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)
If you’ve been diagnosed with a specific learning difference, disability or mental health need and you want to study a Higher Education course at Gloucestershire College, you can apply directly to Student Finance England for financial support and an independent assessment.
If you are studying on a GC Higher Education course, please contact us to discuss your support needs.
Autism, Communication and Social Interaction
We offer students with autism or Asperger’s syndrome a positive experience whilst studying at College. Our Autism Coordinators provide specialist help and guidance in a confidential setting.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Gloucestershire College directly.