Worcester College of Technology

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Coordinates: 52°11′24″N 2°13′19″W / 52.190°N 2.222°W / 52.190; -2.222

Worcester College of Technology
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Worcester, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Religious affiliation(s) non denominational
Established 1851 School of design
1894 School of Science and Art
1991 Worcester College of Technology.
LEA Worcestershire
Authority LEA
Ofsted number 130712
Headteacher Stuart Laverick
Gender Mixed
Age 16 to 99
Enrolment c. 7,000 full and part-time
Education system National Curriculum

Worcester College of Technology is a Further Education College situated in the city of Worcester in the United Kingdom. It also has a Construction Centre located in the nearby town of Malvern.


The College had its origin in a School of Design which was opened in Pierpoint Street in 1851. In 1894, a School of Science and Art was built in Sansome Walk as part of the Victoria Institute and this served as the headquarters of the College until 1962 when the new buildings in Deansway were occupied. In 1991, the College adopted its current name of Worcester College of Technology.

The college also has two main sites including its Art and Design and Sports departments (including beauty courses) on Barbourne Road, about a mile from the City Centre, and at other locations in the city.

In 1939 the annual College enrollment was around 600 students, most of whom attended evening classes. This has risen to 15,000 enrolled students in 2006, including 3,000 full-time students. Around 1,000 of the students are studying for Higher Education Qualifications. The college includes a Sixth Form Centre, offering A-Levels and other qualifications. No state schools in Worcester have sixth forms, and so it is one of only two Sixth Form Centres in the city.[citation needed]


All Saints' Building[edit]

(Deansway, Worcester) Work has been completed on transforming both the library and the Learning Resources Centre into two interactive study centres. The refurbishment has provided students with more space to study. In addition there are separate study centres for travel and tourism, languages and foundation learning which provide specialist resources for the subject areas.

St. Andrew's Building[edit]

(Deansway, Worcester) St. Andrew's is home to the A level centre, science, I.T., music and performing arts. It contains all the facilities needed to ensure that you are able to practise new skills with the latest equipment and study in an inspiring environment.

St. Wulstan's Building[edit]

(Deansway, Worcester) The ex-Magistrates Courtroom has been transformed into a state of the art wireless enabled Integrated Study Centre allowing students to drop in to study or to be taught in groups.[citation needed] The entrance to the building has also been improved by creating a reception area and installing a three-storey lift.

The Cathedral Building[edit]

(Deansway, Worcester) The Cathedral building has had its foyer and reception areas refurbished to improve their appeal to students. The top floor has been converted to provide a study centre with one of the best views in Worcester. This building is home to engineering courses and music technology.

Construction Centre of Excellence[edit]

(Malvern Link, Malvern) The College's "Construction Centre of Excellence" opened in 2006 at Spring Lane in Malvern. The centre teaches construction trades, brickwork and painting and decorating.

Foundation Skills Centre[edit]

(Lower Wick, Worcester) The Foundation Skills Centre on the edge of Worcester is the location for a variety of practical activities for Public Services students and foundation skills activities.

WCT Solutions[edit]

(Lowesmoor,Worcester) WCT Solutions is our employer engagement and work based learning department.

School of Art & Design[edit]

(Barbourne, Worcester) The School of Art & Design is situated along the Tything to the north of the City. It has undergone extensive refurbishment to incorporate a new studio space which will be used for fashion shows and exhibitions and a state of the art salon.[citation needed]

Notable former students & staff[edit]

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