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Welcome to Somerset College


For more than 150 years Somerset College has provided the highest standards of education and training using industry-standard facilities and resources. All of our courses are designed to meet employer's needs and to provide skills and knowledge relevant to work and employment.

Inspectors recently rated us as a 'Good' college' and 'Outstanding' in several areas. Our success rates are very high for both Further and Higher Education; our campus is vibrant; we have national awards in many areas and are specialists in health and social care, design and the creative industries. Amongst our many strengths is our growing expertise in renewable and green technologies. Part of this is our extensive experience of, and professional programmes for, sustainable construction. This area is a growing strength of the College and represents our response to new technologies that span many business sectors.

We are a progressive college which brings out the best in all our students. Whatever their choice of study, each person is given full support to find out who they really are and achieve their ambitions and aspirations.

Our courses cover many levels, and we have a strong Higher Education portfolio with degree courses in many areas. Students come from all over the UK to study on our degree programmes. Our students stay with us from Further to Higher Education, and return again to develop their professional skills when they enter employment.

Our contact and work with employers is extensive and we aim to be the training provider of choice for young people, adults and employers in Somerset. We want our students to achieve the highest standards set for their chosen industry sector, so that they can begin their careers with confidence, knowing they have been trained in the most advanced business methods and technology.

Also on our campus are Genesis, the sustainable construction centre, The Hot House business incubation units and the Taunton Conference Centre. These landmark buildings, together with our extensive range of courses from the Business Training area of the College, give the support and conference facilities business needs to get ahead. Coupled with the range of business training options from the College, we can offer businesses all the help they need to achieve a well-resourced and highly skilled workforce.

Rachel Davies
Principal and Chief Executive

About us

Somerset College is a vocational college with a rich mix of Further and Higher Education. We are dedicated to expanding and developing opportunities for Somerset residents to gain occupational and employment skills. We believe that skills are vitally important to the future of our economy. It is our wish that more young people, and parents especially, see vocational training and education as a sound alternative to the traditional A Level route. We believe that vocational training and education can, and does, prepare young people with the critical employment skills necessary for work and life. We are passionate about the development of tomorrow's workforce and will tirelessly work with business' to achieve this.

Facilities available

Somerset College has a variety of facilities and services that are open to the public. The majority of which are staffed and operated by our own students. This ensures that members of the public can benefit from excellent service at affordable prices, as well as enabling our students to effectively develop and learn the various disciplines involved, in-line with their vocational studies.   

  • The Music Studio

    Looking for a high-end studio to record your music in? Hire out our custom-built, professional studio at competitive prices. The Arts House music studio is armed with fantastic equipment and houses up to 30 talented musicians. Ideal for those that are on their own, bands or orchestras.

  • The Quantock Restaurant

    The Quantock Restaurant and Conservatory offers a wide range of freshly prepared European cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere, catering for the general public. It's the perfect venue for a business lunch, friendly coffee, special dinner or your own private function.

  • The Hair and Beauty Agency

    If you want a professional haircut by one of our stylists in attractive surroundings with easy parking, look no further than Somerset College’s Graduate Hair Salon and Hair and Beauty Agency. Our teams work to the highest standards, and is closely supervised by well-qualified professional hairdressers and stylists, ensuring creativity, flair and expertise. 

  • The Sports Hall

    The sports Hall has all the amenities expected, with a 18m x 36m sports facility including a viewing balcony, changing rooms, separate toilets and IT equipment classroom. The College Hall is available for hire by community groups, clubs, national governing bodies, businesses or social groups.

  • Taunton Conference Centre

    Our conference facilities are second to none. Conveniently located on Somerset College’s Wellington Road campus, they offer ample parking, light and airy rooms with flexible layouts and tea, coffee and refreshments on tap.

  • Design and Print

    Design and Print is Somerset College's in-house printing unit. The team is located on the ground floor of the Arts and Design building and is open to students, staff and outside customers.

  • Mama Bear's Day Nursery

    Mama Bear’s is an OFSTED registered Day Nursery that provides 53 places for children under 5 years old, in a safe and happy environment. Staff are friendly and caring, fully qualified and checked as required by OFSTED and DBS. 

  • Venture Travel

    Venture Travel offers a full travel agent service to students, staff and the general public. We are located on the ground floor of the Atrium, opposite Main Reception. Whether you want to plan a round-the-world trip for your gap year, a weekend break or find the times of the next train to Bristol, we can help.

  • The Genesis Centre

    The Genesis Centre is a £2.5-million educational resource funded by the South West of England Regional Development Agency (RDA) and the Learning and Skills Council. It grew out of a student project to establish a learning centre that shares the latest innovations in construction and engineering.

  • The Work Academy

    The Work Academy is an initiative to assist young people gain employment, either during their time at Somerset College or when they leave the learning environment. However, The Academy goes further than that and develops relationships with those not in education, training or employment. 

Additional support

At Somerset College, you will find the right level of specialist support and encouragement within a creative and fun learning environment to ensure you can achieve your goals.    

The regular feedback that we receive from students shows that they feel valued and well supported throughout their time studying here.

This is a consistent message that we receive from our students, across all subject areas and qualification levels, from foundation level learning all the way up to Higher Education degree level courses.

 

Learner success

Based on success rates, Somerset College is the best Further Education College in Somerset and is in the top 15% of Further Education Colleges in the country.*

As a College, we are proud of the success and high performance of our students. We strive to support and encourage all students across the College to continue to achieve high success rates.

In our most recent OFSTED assessment, the report concluded that we were ‘Outstanding’ in five key areas, including working with employers, Apprenticeships and in Health and Social Care.     

*(Based on the most recent success rates for the 2011/12 academic year).  

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Somerset College directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

Key information

Venues

  • A: Somerset College
    • Address:
    • Somerset College
    • Wellington Road
    • Taunton
    • TA1 5AX
    • Telephone number:
    • Switchboard: 01823366366
    • Website:
    • www.somerset.ac.uk
    • Email address:
    • enquiries@somerset.ac.uk
    • More information:
    • In recent years, large amounts of money has been invested into the College campus to ensure that students can benefit from purpose-built buildings as well as state-of-the-art equipment and resources. Since 2011 alone, nearly £3 million has been invested into the College's campus with a further £1.5 million being invested into resources and equipment.