City Centre Campus, James Street West, Bath, BA1 1UP
Somer Valley Campus, South Hill Park, Wells Road, Radstock, BA3 3RW
Autumn term: 4 September – 13 December 2019
Spring term: 6 January – 3 April 2020
Summer term: 20 April – 26 June 2020
Age of pupils: 16+ years
Number of pupils: 3000 full-time
Day fees: N/A
Religious denomination: Non-denominational
The curriculum: Bath College provide vocational and academic courses in a wide range of subjects and they can help you to find a suitable course to make sure you have the knowledge and skills for your chosen career. As the largest provider of apprenticeships in Bath, the college also offers opportunities for young people to earn and learn on the job. The city centre campus gives students the opportunity to be in the middle of Bath. Courses available include art, textiles, graphic design, photography, accounting, business, hospitality and catering, hair and beauty, complementary therapy, floristry, health and social care, early years, childcare, IT, media, music, performing arts, travel and tourism, uniformed public services and sport. At the Somer Valley Campus, based in the Radstock, students study animal care, veterinary nursing, horticulture, painting and decorating, engineering, and motor vehicle maintenance. It is home to the Somer Construction Centre which caters for 500 students and apprentices studying bricklaying, construction, carpentry, stonemasonry, plumbing, electrical installation and refrigeration. Somer Valley also has an excellent range of Foundation Learning Programmes for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
Extra curricular activities: College is so much more than just the course. With a fantastic SU organising events and a large number of societies and opportunities, for example Bath City Football Academy, there is always something extra-curricular to get involved with.
Pastoral care: Student support is at the heart of Bath College. There is a pro-active Welfare team that are approachable and accessible. All students also have a personal tutor to guide them in their studies and advise them on progression.
Name of Principal: Laurel Penrose
Outstanding characteristics: Graded Good by Ofsted, inspectors were impressed with the high-quality, industry-standard facilities spread across both campuses. The college offers an adult learning environment, where students are taught by industry experts in their field.