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Join the creators and makers of the future

If you're aiming for a career in the ever-growing engineering, cyber and computing industry, Gloucestershire College, part of the West of England Institute of Technology, is the place to develop after your college course or A Levels.

  • NEW cutting-edge facilities
  • Higher level courses and apprenticeships
  • Placements with industry-leading local employers
  • Located next to GCHQ and the UK's new cyber park

What is an Institute of Technology?

We're a proud partner of the West of England Institute of Technology (WEIoT) – 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. This will boost your skills after T levels or A Levels to enable you to move into higher-level technical education. IoTs will also cater for those people already in work, with higher-level technical training at Level 4 and above in STEM subjects. 

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

Explore our IoT courses and apprenticeships below

Click on your course of choice below to find out more and apply online. 

Outstanding new facilities

The West of England Institute of Technology has secured over £3 million to invest in new world-class dedicated cyber, computing and engineering teaching zones at our Cheltenham and Gloucester campuses, including:

  • Computing labs

  • Attack and defence rooms

  • Forensic tool kits

  • Engineering labs

  • Specialist engineering hardware

  • Eco study pods

  • Employer networking zone

Working with businesses

Key to this partnership is working with leading employers to ensure that the courses we develop align to the latest technical industry advancements, and that they, in turn, have access to the strongest talent pool of future employees. We are delighted to have on board Gloucestershire strongholds including GE Aviation, Renishaw and Bamboo Technology Group as key employer partners. As part of the WEIoT, we offer employer introductions and invaluable work experience and study links for our students, as well as a dedicated apprenticeship hub team to advise and match up apprentices with suitable employers.

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.”


“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.”

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More news

Gloucestershire College leading the way out of digital skills shortage ‘disaster’

The UK could face a “catastrophic gap” in digital skills warned a recent report published by the Learning and Work Institute and WorldSkills UK. Despite the report’s findings – one being that nationally, young people studying IT subjects is declining – Gloucestershire College has again bucked the trend, with an increased demand for its IT, cyber and digital courses and apprenticeships. Student applications for September 2021 starts have significantly grown across the board, with applications for the College’s university level courses – computing and digital degrees, HNCs and HNDs increasing by a massive 143% year on year. Find out more here.

Works underway to transform Gloucestershire College’s Cheltenham Campus for Cyber, IT and Engineering

The widely anticipated project to create Gloucestershire College’s new £3m Institute of Technology facilities at its Cheltenham campus has commenced.

The redevelopment will see the creation of a brand new cyber and IT area, with specialist computing labs, state of the art attack and defence rooms, forensic tool kits, eco study pods, a dedicated entrance and an open study and networking area. The engineering teaching and learning area is also being extensively refurbished with dedicated spaces for those studying higher level engineering in Cheltenham.

Bridging the technical skills gap: discover IT and cyber apprenticeships at our employer event

Find out how we are enabling employers to access new talent and the essential IT and cyber skills businesses need. Discover our brand new Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship starting this September and our full suite of specialist accredited programmes. Find out more and book your place at our event here.

#NAW2021 Apprenticeship Case Study: Taylor Watson, Cyber Degree Apprentice at Cyber Security Associates

Gloucestershire College is a proud champion of apprenticeships. To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2021, we are showcasing success stories from our amazing apprentices and employers. We caught up with Taylor Watson, a Cyber Degree Apprentice at Cyber Security Associates, who also stars in our Gloucester Campus showcase video – check it out here if you haven’t already!


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

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