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ADA: the Advanced Digital Academy

Cheltenham's state-of-the-art IT and cyber training centre, bringing industry and education together.

  • NEW cutting-edge facilities
  • Higher level courses and apprenticeships
  • Located next to GCHQ and the UK's new cyber park

For employers / industry

Looking to develop tech talent or use the ADA space for your business?

For prospective students and apprentices

Looking to develop a career in computing and cyber? Join the makers and creator of the future.

Proud partner of the West of England Institute of Technology (WEIoT)

WeIoT is a government-funded programme bringing together key academic and employer partners across the region.

The Government’s aim for IoTs is to offer an alternative to universities by specialising in higher-level technical training in STEM subjects. 

Gloucestershire College is proud to work with Weston CollegeUniversity of the West of EnglandYeovil College and Bath College as academic partners in The West of England Institute of Technology.

WEIoT Employer Partners

GE Aviation

“We have been running successful Engineering Apprenticeship programmes with Gloucestershire College for over 10 years, helping to provide the Aviation Industry with a pipeline of the brightest talent.  The new engineering labs and resources at Gloucestershire College will provide all apprentices with the optimum educational workspace, complemented by outstanding training and mentoring provided by their tutors.  With so many industry-leading local employers and the advanced educational facilities to match, top-talent have all the support and opportunities they need to succeed right here in Gloucestershire.”

Renishaw

“Regardless of the current economic climate, it is of paramount importance that we provide the next generation with access to the very best technical facilities and education to keep abreast of our rapidly evolving and progressive industry. Gloucestershire College’s brand new engineering facilities funded by the West of England Institute of Technology and connections with leading employers will provide the best opportunities for students and apprentices to flourish. We are very much looking forward to seeing the new engineering labs in action and are proud to work with Gloucestershire College and its WEIoT academic partners to develop the future of the engineering industry.”

Bamboo Technology Group

“With our offices based within their Cheltenham campus, Gloucestershire College has given us a great opportunity to work with them in a technology hot spot, located right next to GCHQ and the new cyber park. The new facilities at Gloucestershire College, funded through the IoT, will nurture and educate a critical talent pool and develop the future leaders of our industry. Students will thrive in their cutting edge learning environment with access to many leading cyber organisations right on the doorstep.”

Find out more about the WEIoT

More news

Advanced Digital Academy officially opens in Cheltenham

Cheltenham Campus was buzzing with excitement as it welcomed over 100 VIP guests from the cyber-tech industry to the official opening of its £3m Advanced Digital Academy (ADA), a state-of-the-art cyber and IT training facility that offers an exceptional learning environment for GC computing and cyber students and apprentices.

GC unveils new Cheltenham facilities as part of the West of England Institute of Technology

Proudly part of the West of England Institute of Technology (WEIoT), Gloucestershire College is thrilled to reveal the brand new cyber and engineering facilities located at our Cheltenham campus. Read more here.

Degree Apprentices Awarded Runners Up Prize in National Engineering Competition

Congratulations to Marcus Evans, Charlie Lodge, Eleanor Brisland, Oliver Tutton and Ezra Price who were awarded the Runners Up Prize in the national Engineering For People Design Challenge 2021. Read more here.

Gloucestershire College is delighted to be the first college in England to offer a degree apprenticeship recognised by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) - Photo of Andy Bates and Matthew Burgess

Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship recognised by the NCSC

Gloucestershire College is delighted to be the first college in England to offer a degree apprenticeship recognised by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a part of GCHQ, for delivering quality education and training. The Integrated Degree Apprenticeship in Cyber Security, delivered in partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), has been awarded provisional certification by the UK’s cyber experts, in the latest round of its certified degree initiative. Read more here.

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Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.

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