City of Bristol College

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City of Bristol College
City of Bristol College Logo.jpg
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College Green Centre
Established 1996
Type Further education
Principal Lynn Merilion
Location St George's Road
England Coordinates: 51°27′03″N 2°36′20″W / 51.45091°N 2.60553°W / 51.45091; -2.60553
DfE URN 131094 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 30,000 (approx)
Gender Mixed
Ages 14–Adult

City of Bristol College is a further education college in Bristol, England.


  • No longer a member of the 157 Group due to poor inspection results.[1]
  • AoC (Association of Colleges) Beacon award for widening participation
  • TQS (Training Quality Standard) status for meeting the needs of employers
  • The Matrix Standard for Information, Advice and Guidance
  • 2013 Ofsted report judged the College 'inadequate'. They found students were underachieving and the quality of teaching was inconsistent[2]

College centres[edit]

Ashley Down Centre.

The College currently has five centres

  • Ashley Down Centre
  • College Green Centre
  • Parkway Transport Technology Centre
  • Soundwell Centre
  • South Bristol Skills Academy

Other College centres

  • Bridge Learning Campus
  • Orpen Park
  • Skills Centre South West

The colleges university centre is based at the Ashley Down centre and provides the majority of Higher Education courses offered by the college while some courses are held at the College Green centre.

The college is also a lead academic sponsor of Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy which is due to open in September 2013.


City of Bristol College offers over 1,000 courses at all levels for school leavers, adult learners and international students, as well as training packages for employers. The college has around 30,000 students on role and employs about 2,000 staff. The college provides most of the post-16 education in greater Bristol.

Courses in the area including, Diplomas, AS/A2 Level courses, Apprenticeships and NVQs. Moving on to College offers a bridge between school and university, or school and employment. Tuition is free for 16 to 19 year-old EU students. The College offers numerous and varied part-time courses for adults ranging from Plumbing to Horticulture and First Aid to Media. There are also flexible courses which allow students to work at their own pace with the support of college tutors. Most part-time courses have a tuition charge. University level courses include Foundation Degrees, HNCs and Access to HE in partnership with University of Plymouth, Bath Spa University, University of the West of England, University of Gloucestershire and University of Bristol. Students may study for a third year at university to turn their College qualification into a degree. Students from over 50 countries study at the college. Services include: personal tutors; free immigration and visa support; English language support and advice about living and studying abroad.


  • Students gained awards at the 2009 Association of Hairdressing and Therapists South West area competition.[3]
  • Students gained awards at2010 WorldSkills UK national final for Hairdressing.[4]
  • Soundwell College students gained awards at RTITB National Junior Mechanic Competition 1987 (and on three other occasions).


The college was formed in 1996 when Brunel College merged with South Bristol College. City of Bristol College dates back to the merchant venturers in the sixteenth century and has since expanded through a series of mergers. It was formed by the merger of Brunel College with South Bristol College and subsequently also merged with Soundwell College and smaller establishments such as the College of Care and Early Years Education.[citation needed]



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