Our departments are the training ground for generations of artists, writers, police officers, athletes and other amazing people!
Each department offers courses at a range of levels up to Higher Education. Choose a department from the list below to learn more. You’ll also be able to see what jobs our students can go on to.
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Access to Higher Education
Don’t let fears of returning to the classroom stop you from improving your career prospects! Whatever role you want to end up in, our Access to Higher Education course will prepare you for studying at university level. When you’ve completed it, you’ll be ready to study a Higher Education course with us, or with a university of your choice.
Arts and Design, Photography, Media, Music and Performing Arts
Our Arts and Media Academy is part of an elite group of the best arts and media providers. We offer a gateway into many creative industries and have a strong track record of successful students.
One of our courses could help you become a graphic designer, screenwriter ,photographer, curator, director, animator, actor, musician, or radio/TV producer.
Business, Administration, Management and Finance
A business qualification can open many doors, and even help budding entrepreneurs to find their way! We have a huge range of courses at different levels, and you’ll be learning from experts who have direct industry experience in many sectors.
Catering and Hospitality
Gloucestershire College is the main provider of hospitality, catering and chef training in the county and has a long, successful track record, with students going on to develop careers with Raymond Blanc, the Roux Brothers and Heston Blumenthal. Many go on to set up their own successful restaurants and catering businesses. Tom Kerridge was a past pupil of the College.
The construction industry needs skilled people who understand about sustainable building practices and the latest technology. They also want people who’ve developed traditional skills such as bricklaying and plastering. Our construction training programmes will make you ready for work. You could train towards becoming a builder, architect or site foreman for construction projects ranging from housing to travel infrastructure.
Counselling and Wellbeing
If you have an interest in helping people with their mental health, or if you need help with a particular problem, we have a course to suit.
Early Years and Health and Social Care
The health and social care sector is the largest employer in the UK and provides a huge variety of work with this field, ranging from nursing to childcare, social work to pharmacy. The sector is increasingly growing in recognition of the central role that it plays in society. We can give you the skills and knowledge you need to progress in this field, either to a Foundation Degree or straight to employment.
The courses lead to jobs in social services, health care assistants or you could be employed in a nursery or as a nanny.
The engineering sector is fast-moving, with new technologies, materials and processes being developed. Our teaching team has real industry experience and, combined with our great facilities, we can make sure you’re ready for work.
English and Maths for Adults
Our excellent Functional Skills for Adults courses can help you to improve your English and maths making you feel more confident in everyday life.
ESOL classes help many learners to improve their English in order to communicate better in many situations.You have the opportunity to take Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening exams at various points in the year. Our English language classes are multi-cultural and focus on communication through English. All lessons have a communicative focus and your participation is expected in pair and group activities.strong text
Learn fashion illustration, pattern cutting, garment making, textiles, embellishment, millinery, personal styling, leather-work and much more
Studying fashion could lead to a job as a fashion designer, seamstress, tailor, fashion journalist, or buyer.
People don't always get the qualifications they want at school, but that doesn't mean you have to forget about furthering your education and doing more with your life.
For 16 to 24-year-olds who need to build their confidence, improve social and personal skills, or learn independent living, a Foundation Studies course will help. After finishing an Independent Living course you could move on to higher courses, do some paid, supported or voluntary work, or go on to supported or independent living.
With such an enormous range of subjects you could qualify for almost any area of employment! You might want to chat to a member of our Advice Team to plan what you need to study if you have a particular job or work sector in mind.
Hairdressing, Beauty and Holistic Therapies
If you like to make people feel good and have strong communication skills then a course in hairdressing, beauty and holistic therapy is sure to put a spring in your step! You could become a beauty therapist, hairdresser, barber, make-up artist, nail technician, massage therapist, or holistic therapist. Supervisory and management roles are also possible.
IT and Computing
A computing qualification can open many doors, and even help budding entrepreneurs to find their way!
We have a huge range of courses at different levels, and you’ll be learning from experts who have direct industry experience in many sectors. You could get the chance to pitch an idea or solve a real world business problems.
Many businesses work with companies abroad, or have branches in other countries!
With 32 million vehicles on UK roads there is a wealth of related job opportunities for those with the right knowledge and practical skills.
The motor industry has technical and customer service roles. You could become a diagnostic technician, master technician, motorsport technician, MOT examiner, paint technician, or workshop supervisor.
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Sport and Uniformed Public Services
Sports courses can lead to a lot of exciting opportunities! So can our Public Service courses, which prepare you for a life of responsibility! Sports students could be an events manager, sports development trainer, coach, athlete, leisure assistant, volunteer coordinator, sports physiotherapist, parks officer or coach educators.
Teacher Training and Education
Teaching is a diverse and important career and at GC we really understand the value of good teachers.
Travel and Tourism
The travel and tourism industry is booming, with more people flying on holiday each year. We'll teach you how to attract and look after tourists and how the business of tourism works. The courses include educational trips and work experience.You could become a travel agent, flight attendant, ground handling staff, tourist information officer or holiday rep!
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