Gloucestershire College

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For educational institutions with similar names, see Gloucester College and Gloucester County College.
Gloucestershire College
Type College of further education
Principal Greg Smith
Chair Graham Ripley
Location Cheltenham and Gloucester
United Kingdom
Students 21,000 full and part-time
Gender Mixed
Ages 16–99
Website Gloucestershire College
Gloucestershire College, from the docks

Gloucestershire College abbreviated GC (formerly known as Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology, abbreviated GlosCAT or GLOSCAT) is a college of further education in the county of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom.[1]


Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology was originally formed in 1980 from the merger of four county (Local Education Authority) colleges being Gloucestershire College of Education, Gloucestershire College of Art and Design, Gloucester City College of Technology, and North Gloucestershire College of Technology.[2] In 1990 GlosCAT divided its provision forming a separate Higher Education Trust to go forward with a separate merger to become Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education and then the University of Gloucestershire.[2][3] It maintained the remaining part as a Local Authority institution, which became a Further Education Corporation.

In early 2011 Gloucestershire College merged with the former Royal Forest of Dean College and thus acquired the sites of the college to safeguard the provision of Further Education in the region.[4]

A 10-year Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the University of Gloucestershire Vice Chancellor and the Principals of Gloucestershire College and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College to support access to higher education locally in Gloucestershire.[5]

Current campuses[edit]

Gloucestershire College has its main campuses at large purpose-built facilities in Cheltenham,[6] Gloucester,[7] and Forest of Dean along with several smaller sites around the county including the Construction School in Kingsditch and at the Tewkesbury Launchpad Centre. The college campus at Gloucester relocated the former campus to a brownfield site within Gloucester Docks. The building won the Civic Trust Award for Best Climate Friendly Scheme July 2008.[citation needed]


The college caters mainly for the 16–18 age group.[8] It also offers higher education up to and including HND, HNC and Foundation Degree levels. In the 2005/06 academic year, Gloucestershire College had 21,777 students enrolled, of which 416 were engaged in higher education.[9]