Bridgwater College

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Bridgwater College

Bridgwater College is a further education (FE) college primarily based in Bridgwater, Somerset, England. It has centres in Cannington, Yeovil, and Paignton.

The college's 2006 Ofsted report stated that there were 15,801 students enrolled in the 2004-2005 period. It also gave an "Outstanding Grade 1" to all areas assessed.[1]

The College offers courses from entry level through higher education and has links with University of Plymouth by way of The University of Plymouth Colleges network, Bournemouth University, Oxford Brookes University and is part of the Wessex Partnership, in association with Bath Spa University. After a merger with Cannington College in September 2004, Bridgwater College was able to expand its curriculum of full-time and part-time courses for school leavers, adults, university level students, the business community and students from overseas.


The main campus, Bridgwater Centre, houses facilities which include a television studio, forensics laboratory, a motorsport centre and the new £8 million building devoted to Health & Fitness.[2] The centre also houses numerous commercial units such as an early years centre, a beauty salon, a hair salon, a gym, and a travel agency.

The Angel Place Skills Centre is located in the middle of Bridgwater and offers adults IT, literacy, and numeracy lessons.

The Cannington Centre was established as Cannington College in 1921. Facilities include a new golf course, equestrian centre, commercially run farm, glass houses covering 1,000 m2 (11,000 sq ft), wildlife havens, vineyard and the new animal management centre. Many students reside on site.

The Paignton Centre has been established for over ten years and is situated within the grounds of Paignton Zoological Environmental Park. The Centre offers full-time courses in Animal Care and Animal Management. It houses its own specialist library, IT suite, common room and collection of mammals and reptiles.

The Yeovil Centre offers courses in Animal Care, Animal Management, Agriculture and Floristry. Students have access to the centre’s collection housed at Lufton College. Students can also benefit from facilities on the adjacent Yeovil College Campus.

The Energy Skills Centre was completed in 2011 to teach nuclear decommissioning for shutting down Hinkley Point B Nuclear Power Station and constructing power plants, including. Hinkley C.[3] The building also has a windmill and photo-voltaic panels on the roof.[4]

Student Union[edit]

The students' union at Bridgwater College provides parties throughout the year, charitable events, and a student-only Common Room. The Common Room was recently refurbished in 2008 and named 'The Hub' by former Principal, Fiona McMillan OBE.


  1. ^ "Bridgwater College, Inspection Report". OFSTED website. OFSTED. 2006. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  2. ^ "Brdgwater College". Work in Tourism. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  3. ^ McKowen, Rory (24 January 2011). "Energy and Climate Change minister MP Chris Huhne opens new Energy Skills Centre at Bridgwater College". Bridgwater Mercury. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Southwest flagship centre opened". National Skills Academy. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 

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Coordinates: 51°07′53″N 2°59′16″W / 51.13139°N 2.98778°W / 51.13139; -2.98778