City of Liverpool College

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The City of Liverpool College
The City of Liverpool College Logo.png
Established April 1992
Type Community
Principal Elaine Bowker
Chairperson Peter Grieve
Location The Learning Exchange (Main Site)
L1 9DW
Coordinates: 53°25′34″N 2°55′29″W / 53.426155°N 2.924823°W / 53.426155; -2.924823
DfE URN 130487 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 22,000
Gender Coeducational
Ages 16+
Website The City Of Liverpool College

The City of Liverpool College is one of three college of further education in Liverpool, Merseyside. It was established in 1992 by the amalgamation of all the further education colleges within Liverpool.

In 2005, it had approximately 7,000 full-time and 18,000 part-time students. The current principal is Elaine Bowker.

The College is based on several sites around the city, mainly in the city centre. Community-based provision is in the form of Skill Centres is in process of being disestablished in response to reduction in funding provision by central government. ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses are likely to be the sole community-based provision

The college left LEA control and was incorporated in 1993 and is overseen by the Corporation Board. The college's first Principal was Wally Brown CBE. The board is made up of representatives from local businesses and communities. The college receives its funding from the government via the Learning and Skills Council, Greater Merseyside.

College Campus[edit]

There are 5 main college centres, all of which are within the City Centre area.

The Arts Centre[edit]

The Arts Centre is a provider of arts teaching and learning on Merseyside. Specialist arts and technical facilities, recording studios, dance and drama facilities are available – as well as photography, fashion and multimedia studios. More than 2,000 students study here.

Creative Apprenticeships are run at this centre along with courses in:

  • Art and Design
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Musical Theatre
  • Events Management
  • Fashion
  • Graphic Design
  • Interactive Design
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Theatre Technology
  • 3D Design
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Multimedia
  • Photography
  • ICT and Digital technologies

HE programmes in Creative and Digital Arts are also run at the Arts Centre.

This centre is also a founder college for the National Skills Academy for creative and cultural skills and a lead provider for fashion.

Bankfield Road[edit]

The Bankfield site was re-opened in November 2006 after a refurbishment.[1]

Bankfield is a centre for courses in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL).

The business development team are also located in Bankfield Road centre. They focus on working with employers to identify skills gaps and provide bespoke training and support around these needs. They also run a range of specialist courses focusing on the skills needed to get people back in to employment or to start up in business.

Facilities at the centre include a learning resource centre and a nursery specialising in care of infants aged from 0-2 years.

Bankfield Road centre can be accessed by bus or car via Queen’s Drive (Jolly Miller pub).

The following course types are available:

  • ESOL

Clarence Street[edit]

Clarence Street centre was opened in 2001. The following course types are available:

  • English and Humanities
  • GCSE (19 Subjects)
  • A-level (30 Subjects)
  • Information Technology and Computing Level 1 & 2
  • Science
  • Access to Science/Health
  • Business Studies
  • Fresh Start Courses

Duke Street[edit]

Opened in 2003, Duke Street offers The following course types:

  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Bakery and Confectionery
  • Travel, Tourism and Leisure
  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
  • Holistic and Complementary Therapies
  • Makeup Artistry
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • Professional Development
  • Teacher Education
  • Fresh Start Courses

Mulberry Street[edit]

The site at Mulberry Street was designed and constructed to support the needs of students with learning disabilities and difficulties.[2] From September 2009 it will be part of the Arts Centre. The following course types are not available:

Business and Retail

  • Administration
  • Retail
  • Business
  • Health and Social Care

Support Services based at Mulberry Street include:

  • Visually Impaired Unit
  • Deaf Unit
  • Physical Disabilities Unit
  • Learning Resource Centre
  • Learner Services

Vauxhall Road[edit]

Opened in 2003, costing over £10 million this centre specialises in construction and engineering.[3] The following course types are available:

  • Brickwork
  • Plastering
  • Joinery
  • Building services
  • Electrical and gas installation
  • Plumbing
  • Motor Vehicle Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Sport, Exercise & Fitness

The Learning Exchange[edit]

The college's £35m Learning Exchange on Roscoe Street is central to The City Of Liverpool's City 6 offer around A-levels.

The Learning Exchange is the location for courses in: maritime skills and A-levels in PE, classical civilisation, law, sociology, English language, literature, philosophy, business studies and IT. It is also home to HE programmes in computing and business with accounting.

The City of Liverpool College has commissioned a seventh college building located on Roscoe Street in Liverpool. The new building cost £50 million.

The site is now open.[4]

Qualifications available[edit]

The college offers traditional academic qualifications such as GCSE and A-Levels, but additionally offers vocational awards, certificates or diplomas, known as BTEC. Students studying these tend to progress to university.

There are some professional qualifications such as Microsoft Systems Administrator, Microsoft Office Specialist and CISCO CCNA. Students studying these either are doing so to strengthen their career prospects or enhance their existing skills.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bankfield Road". The City of Liverpool College. 2013-03-15. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  2. ^ "Mulberry Street". The City of Liverpool College. 2013-03-15. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  3. ^ "Vauxhall Road". The City of Liverpool College. 2013-03-15. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  4. ^ "The Learning Exchange - The City of Liverpool College". Retrieved 2012-10-01. 

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