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Welcome to City of Bristol College

We look forward to welcoming you to City of Bristol College

We provide education and training to 25,000 learners in and around Bristol. With more than 1,000 courses available, we've got the widest range in the area.


About us

City of Bristol College is one of the largest further and higher education colleges in the UK.

With more than 1,000 courses available from entry to degree level, we offer the widest range of academic and vocational qualifications you will find in the South West.

We cater for learners of all ages and backgrounds, including 16 to 18-year-olds, adult learners, apprentices, higher education students and international students.

Based in four main centres across Bristol, we offer a learning experience that puts our students right at the heart of one of the best cities in the UK.


Facilities available

Study Centres

You'll find a Study Centre at each of our main College centres.

In the Study Centres you can find books, journals, DVDs, computers, laptops and electronic resources to support your studies.  

These learning spaces provide a relaxed environment in which to study, with knowledgeable, friendly staff on hand to help you with enquiries.



We operate two Academy Salons, located across Bristol:

  • Academy Salon @ Ashley Down
  • Academy Salon @ South Bristol

Open to the public, each salon is fully equipped to create a professional environment in which our students can train whilst customers feel relaxed and pampered.


Workshops and Composites Centre

Practical experience is crucial in preparing our students for entry into industry careers. Our modern, well-stocked workshops offer students hands-on experience using the best equipment and cutting-edge technology available. All of our workshops offer a safe working environment that is regularly audited both internally and externally:

  • Aeronautical engineering
  • Construction and wet trades
  • Engineering
  • Motor


Creative, Media and Specialist Facilities

​Our specialist facilities offer the best in new creative and media technology, including:

  • Digital editing suite
  • Graphics suite
  • Multimedia Mac suite
  • Photographic studios
  • Video production suite
  • Art and fashion studios
  • Theatrical make up studios
  • Bookable cameras

Our other specialist facilities include:

  • Accessible kitchen and shop
  • Aircraft cabin
  • Computing and IT labs
  • Crime scene rooms



We operate two restaurants across Bristol:

  • Academy Brasserie, Hengrove at South Bristol Skills Academy (SBSA), BS14 0DB
  • City Restaurant, Anchor Road, College Green Centre, BS1 5UA

Our restaurants offer a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, offering a coffee and lunch service.


Prayer Rooms

Each of our main College centres have dedicated prayer rooms, which can be used by students and staff for religious observance.



Additional support


Everyone's different. What works for one person won't necessarily work for another.

If you need extra assistance to come to College, we can provide you with free support.

​We understand that each person's requirements are individual to them. That's why we tailor our service to meet your exact needs.

We know that sometimes people feel less confident about asking for assistance. We would encourage you to come and talk to us. We want to make sure you get the right support for you, and our team treats every conversation sensitively and confidentially.

Learner success

Our world class facilities and outstanding teaching staff help us provide education and training to more than 20,000 learners each year.

We make it our goal to help you achieve your full potential.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact City of Bristol College directly.

Last updated date: 16 December 2016
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Key information


  • A: Ashley Down Centre
    • Address:
    • Ashley Down Road
    • Bristol
    • BS7 9BU
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01173125000
    • Website:
    • Email address:
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    • Ashley Down Centre provides an airy, vibrant and welcoming environment. These historic buildings offer study space, learning zones, classrooms, workshops and student social areas.

      Facilities at the centre include:

      • University Centre
      • Professional hair and beauty salon
      • IT computer rooms
      • Engineering Skills Centre
      • Plumbing and construction workshops
      • Labs
      • Decorating centre
      • Study Centre 

      Food, drinks and snacks are available all day in the refectory. And if you want to get away from it all, Matron's Garden – complete with lawned area, greenhouse, seating and ‘sensory garden path’ – is the ideal place to relax.

  • B: College Green Centre
    • Address:
    • St Georges Road
    • Bristol
    • BS1 5UA
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01173125000
    • Website:
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    • Situated in the city centre, this College centre is right next to College Green, the harbourside, and Park Street. Facilities at the centre include:

      • Training kitchen and restaurant
      • Creative and media studios
      • Science and computing labs
      • Air cabin training room
      • Study Centre

      College Green Centre is home to our Sixth Form Academy, with around 1,200 full-time students studying vocational qualifications. There are also around 400 A Level students based here.

      Courses available for adult learners include:

      • Job seekers – including ESOL, employability and vocational training
      • Professional IT and business training for adults
      • Foundation Degrees in subjects such as Photography, Graphic Design and Media

      There are plenty of trips, events and sporting activities to help you make friends and make the most out of College.

      And the central location means you’re never far from amenities such as the Watershed, At-Bristol, M Shed, Central Library and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

  • C: AEC at Parkway
    • Address:
    • New Road
    • Stoke Gifford
    • Bristol
    • BS34 8SF
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01173125000
    • Website:
    • Email address:
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    • AEC at Parkway

      There are two City of Bristol College buildings that form the Advanced Engineering Centre (AEC) at Parkway.

      Parkway Centre

      The Parkway Building is situated off New Road next to SGS College/WISE Campus and Abbeywood Community School.

      AEC Centre

      The AEC Building is also situated off New Road, between Abbeywood Community School and the BTE Academy approximately 300 yards from the Parkway Centre.

      Our state-of-the-art Advanced Engineering Centre (AEC) brings together our College’s existing engineering, aeronautical, manufacturing and automotive courses into one place.

      It provides great industry facilities including workshops, laboratories, computer aided simulation rigs and testing/diagnostic equipment.

      The centre provides students with the latest technology and uses the highest standard of the latest industry equipment, including:

      • A vehicle brake testing station
      • An on-site commercial jet aircraft
      • 3D printing
      • Advanced CAD modelling software
      • Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines

      Aeronautical facilities

      • training helicopter
      • light aircraft
      • computer aided simulation rigs
      • wind tunnel
      • large hangar for two aircrafta
      • vionics laboratory,
      • electrical laboratory
      • technical library
      • an engine workshop
      • composite material workshop.

      Engineering facilities

      • engineering workshop
      • electronics equipment
      • a hydraulic laboratory and pneumatics test equipment
      • a CNC workshop and lathes
      • solid modelling equipment 
      • computer aided learning equipment.

      Motor vehicle facilities

      • workshops for heavy and light vehicles, forklift trucks, body repair and finishing
      • fully equipped with industry standard equipment
      • electronic engine testing and diagnostic equipment
      • computer aided simulation rigs.

      Other facilities include innovative learning spaces and a large Study Centre. This equipment allows our students to work with the latest technology to give them the skills and experience they need to progress into employment.

  • D: South Bristol Skills Academy
    • Address:
    • The Boulevard
    • Hengrove Park
    • Bristol
    • BS14 0DB
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01173125000
    • Website:
    • Email address:
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    • South Bristol Skills Academy (SBSA) opened in 2010 as our flagship centre, serving the south of Bristol. Impressively big on the outside, inside you'll find a welcoming atmosphere and a flexible, open-plan learning environment.


      The award-winning eco-friendly building is home to a range of fantastic facilities including:

      • Study Centre  
      • Motor vehicle and construction workshops
      • Professional hair and beauty salon
      • Training kitchen and restaurant
      • Horticultural areas

      Students can borrow laptops from the Study Centre, enjoy the café facilities and make good use of the large open spaces available, with Wi-fi available throughout the building.