Wiltshire College

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Wiltshire College
Wiltshire College Logo.jpg
Established 2002
Type Further education
Principal Amanda Burnside
Location Castle Combe, Chippenham, Lacock, Salisbury, Trowbridge
Staff 750
Students 10,000+ (full-time, part-time & University Level)
Gender both
Ages 16+
Website www.wiltshire.ac.uk

Wiltshire College is a tertiary college of education founded in 2002 by the merger of Chippenham Technical College, Lackham College and Trowbridge College.[1] Consolidation was completed with the merger of Salisbury College, which commenced in January 2008. The college has over 3000 full-time students and 300 teaching staff.[2]


  • Wiltshire College Chippenham was founded as North Wilts College of Further Education and later changed its name to Chippenham Technical College, and again to Chippenham College in 1993.[1] It offers a wide range of vocational courses and qualifications specialising in engineering, commerce and construction trades. Its buildings are in Cocklebury Road, close to the town centre and railway station.

In 2013, the college entered a public consultation on its proposal to invest £21 Million to redevelop its Chippenham Campus, with new facilities to be built on land behind the existing buildings. The new building will include workshops for motor vehicle, engineering and construction trades as well as hair and beauty studios, art studios, sports science lab, sensory room, learning resource centre and classrooms. The new campus is scheduled to open in September 2015.

The campus's most recent OfSTED report assessed it as good.[3]

  • Wiltshire College Lackham is based close to Lacock and opened in 1946 as a purely agricultural college.[4] It has a 400-acre (1.6 km2) working farm to allow students hands-on experience of the rural economy, and also hosts a Museum of Agriculture and Rural Life.[4] The college offers a number of extramural courses to non-students and also has a full programme of public events throughout the year, such as flower shows, equestrian, and related events. Following the 2001 UK foot and mouth disease outbreak which limited access to many UK farms, a "Virtual Farm" was opened in 2004 to provide continued education should access to the college farm be restricted again in the future.[5] The college holds an annual Lambing Weekend where local children can see at first hand lambs being born.[6]
  • Wiltshire College Trowbridge, in College Road, offers a wide range of vocational courses for school-leavers, and is associated with the Arc Theatre.
Main Building, Wiltshire College Trowbridge
  • Wiltshire College Salisbury was formed in 1992 as the merger of the College of Art & Design & the Technology College.[7] Situated in Southampton Road, it offers degree courses in association with Bournemouth University and vocational courses for school leavers. A-level courses for sixth-form students were also offered at the site until 2013 when the provision was withdrawn.[8]
  • Castle Combe Based at the Castle Combe Circuit near Chippenham, the Castle Combe campus is the home of Wiltshire College's 6,500 square foot motorsport centre.[9] The Castle Combe centre was the first circuit-based motorsport engineering centre in the UK, including two classrooms, six car workshops and an engine and a machining workshop. It provides motorsport engineering courses ranging from the BTEC Level 2 Diploma to a Level 6 BSc Honours Degree from the University of Bath.

Wiltshire College also has learning centres in other Wiltshire settlements, including:


  • The Chippenham and Trowbridge divisions offer a similar range of courses to various levels including NVQ, BTEC and C&G in a wide range of subjects: Administration, Art and Design, Beauty Therapy, Business, Catering, Childcare, Computing, Construction, Engineering & Motor Vehicle, Hairdressing, Health & Social Care, Media, Performing Arts, Public Services, Sport, and Travel & Tourism. Photography is offered as a BTEC course at Trowbridge only.[2]
  • Lackham campus tends to specialise in its traditional curriculum, offering courses in Agriculture, Animal Care, Animal Management, Countryside & Environment, Countryside Management, Farm Mechanisation, Floristry, Horse Care/Management, Horticulture, Land & Environment, Land Based Technology, Motorsport Engineering and Sport. A pre-entry course for the Army is also offered.[2]
  • Salisbury division offers Vocational courses leading to BTEC & C&G qualifications are offered in Art & Design, Beauty Therapy, Business, Catering & Hospitality, Working with Children & Young People, IT at Work, ICT, Construction (including specialisms in Bricklaying, Carpentry & Joinery, Electrotechnical Technology, Painting & Decorating and Plumbing), Hairdressing, Health & Social Care, Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Media, Popular Music & Music Technology, Performing Arts, Public Service, Skills for Work & Life, Sport & Exercise Science, and Travel & Tourism.



  1. ^ a b "The Chippenham, Lackham and Trowbridge Colleges (Dissolution) Order 2000" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  2. ^ a b c Full-time Prospectus 2008/09. 2008. 
  3. ^ "OFSTED Report, 2015" (PDF). Ofsted.gov.uk. Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  4. ^ a b "Wiltshire College Lackham celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2006". Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  5. ^ "Cyber Cows and Virtual Sheep at Lackham Farm" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  6. ^ "Lambing in Lackham". Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  7. ^ "Salisbury College". The Independent (London). 2007-07-27. Retrieved 2008-03-22. 
  8. ^ "BBC News - Wiltshire College students offered A-level places elsewhere". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  9. ^ http://www.wiltshire-college-motorsport.co.uk/about_us.asp

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