Discover a Modern, Career Focused College on your Doorstep

New campus in Cinderford now open! 

Saturday Open Morning 

We’d like to welcome the Forest of Dean community to fully explore the new campus and its facilities on Saturday 8 December, 10.00am – 1.00pm

Grab a mince pie and a coffee in our commercial training restaurant, then let our friendly Forest of Dean team take you on a tour of the campus.

The feedback we have already had from students, parents and members of the local Forest community about our new campus has been incredibly positive. The teaching facilities here are second to none, set alongside modern and vibrant study and relaxation areas. We are delighted to welcome so many students and their families - we have over 400 students who have already applied to enrol here in Cinderford.
Sandra Tyrrell, Assistant Campus Principal

State-of-the-art Forest of Dean Campus

The new campus is located in Cinderford, as part of a larger regeneration project to develop the area to include residential and commercial property, a new link road and leisure facilities.

Courses available at this campus:

  • Art and Design
  • Beauty
  • Business
  • Catering
  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Early Years
  • Foundation Studies
  • Hairdressing
  • Health and Social Care
  • Outdoor Education
  • Travel and Tourism

New Forest of Dean Campus Gallery

The brand new campus boasts big open-plan spaces; commercial facilities and workshops; a unique touchdown for for large groups and presentations; panoramic views over the stunning Steam Mills lake and a clear belonging with its rural surroundings. 

The heart of the campus will embody a community street; a large central space for work and play, lined with commercial, student-run services such as a hair and beauty salon and restaurant. 

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Interactive Virtual Reality Tour


Have you got a Google VR headset? Pop on your Google VR headset and explore the new Forest of Dean Campus by pressing the orange goggles above!


It has taken many years to get to this point but throughout that time we have remained fully committed to the project. Our aim is for the new campus to be a focus for technical training in the Forest of Dean area. We are very grateful to our partners for their support to date and are looking forward to getting underway with the build.
- Matthew Burgess, Gloucestershire College Principal

Your Questions

We know you may have questions about the new campus and how it will affect you as a current or prospective student, parent or local resident.


To help you find the information you’re looking for, we’ve created a list of questions and answers that we've been asked most frequently about the project.


Questions from Current and Prospective Students

Questions from Parents

  • Will the new campus be easy and safe to get to?

  • What is the aim of the Northern Quarter redevelopment?

  • What else is being built as part of the Northern Quarter redevelopment?

  • Who is funding the Northern Quarter regeneration?

  • What was at the site formally?

  • What is happening to the wildlife in the area?

  • Will the existing forest and lake in the area be destroyed in the development?

  • I’ve seen reports that the area is unsafe. Should I be worried?

  • What will happen to the existing college building at Five Acres?

  • How do I keep up to date with the progress of the build?

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.

We are here to help

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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.