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Catering students inspired by culinary maestro Albert Roux, OBE

Gloucestershire College Catering and Hospitality students met French culinary maestro Albert Roux and his team at the launch of Fairlawne, a new fine dining restaurant which will open at Cheltenham Racecourse during this year's Cheltenham Festival meeting.

College hosts first ever ‘Great Pizza Bake Off’

Pupils from local primary schools have competed in the first ever Gloucestershire College Great Pizza Bake Off held at their Royal Forest of Dean campus earlier this Spring. Each school was invited to put forward one Year 5 or 6 pupil’s entry, outlining the best topping for a tomato covered pizza base, whilst taking into consideration their ‘five a day’.

The Cheltenham Fashion Academy presents: City, Culture and Travel

Gloucestershire College Level 3 Fashion Design students studying at Cheltenham campus will be putting on a special end of the year catwalk event on Tuesday 20th May at the College’s Cheltenham Campus.

Students put their cooking skills to the test in a chocolate themed competition

Secondary school students from the Forest of Dean recently took part in a Masterchef styled competition at Gloucestershire College’s Royal Forest of Dean campus. Seven pupils from Forest EACT Academy, Dene Magna School, Lakers School and John Kyrle High School put their culinary skills to the test to produce the best chocolate themed dessert in ‘The Great Chocolate Cook Off’.

From the Forest of Dean to the Rainforests of Peru

Students reach fundraising target of £18,000 to embark on expedition. A Level students at Gloucestershire College’s Royal Forest of Dean campus have finally reached their fundraising target in order to embark on a once in a lifetime expedition to the Amazon rainforest in June.

Discover education and employment opportunities in the Forest of Dean

Gloucestershire College will be hosting its first Forest Opportunities Festival on Thursday 10th July at its Royal Forest of Dean Campus, in Five Acres. From 3pm until 8pm, potential students, job seekers and the general public are invited to the College’s Forest Campus to discover the wide range of education, apprenticeships and employment opportunities available in the Forest of Dean and the surrounding areas.

Gloucestershire College explores international growth opportunities

New English language programme in development for Chinese students.

On Tuesday 8 July, Gloucestershire College played host to the senior management team of Nanchang Institute of Technology, located in the capital city of Jiangxi province, Nanchang, in China.

A Level results 2014 - Gloucestershire College celebrates A Level success - 100% pass rate at the Royal Forest of Dean Campus

Gloucestershire College is proud to announce a pass rate of 97.9% for 2014, with an outstanding 100% rate for the fourth year running at the College’s Royal Forest of Dean Campus.

Courses available through Clearing 2014

With over 500 Gloucestershire students predicted to gain a place on a higher education programme through clearing this year, the Admissions Team at Gloucestershire College is ready to help.


If you are current or former student of Gloucestershire College aged 16-25, with a great idea for a business or social enterprise that you’d love to put into practice if only you had the start-up funding – then you have one month left to enter the Edge Challenge 2014.

Two bright teenagers selected to received Hollie Gazzard Hairdressing Fund

Two teenagers from Gloucestershire have been selected this week to receive the Hollie Gazzard Hairdressing Fund to enable them to study hairdressing at Gloucestershire College.

Gloucestershire College students cater The Chef’s Forum

Some of Gloucestershire College’s brightest and best culinary talent teamed up with Great British Menu chef, David Kelman, to treat industry guests at Ellenborough Park to a mouth-watering menu of canapés.

Gloucestershire College teams up with Tom Kerridge

Gloucestershire College is excited to announce that its Catering School will host an exclusive evening with celebrity chef and former student, Tom Kerridge, as part of this year’s anticipated Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Free bus travel on offer to Gloucestershire College apprentices

A new Thinksmart apprentice travel scheme, which offers a free bus pass to apprentices in Gloucestershire, launches this week. The scheme has been set up by Gloucestershire County Council to help young people into employment and support economic growth in Gloucestershire.

Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge talks at VIP Lit Fest event

Gloucestershire College hosted an exclusive talk and book signing with two Michelin-starred chef and former student, Tom Kerridge, at Cheltenham Literature Festival. The VIP event provided the College with the perfect platform to showcase its Catering and Hospitality School – the best in the county, no less – engage with leading local businesses and schools, and introduce the College’s brand new ‘Talent of Tomorrow’ initiative.

PJ Crook to launch The Big Draw at Gloucestershire College

Internationally renowned artist, PJ Crook, will be joining Gloucestershire College’s HND Design students on Thursday 16th October, to host The Big Draw at the Gloucester campus.

A career in catering is as fruitful as engineering

In light of restaurateur and TV judge Oliver Peyton’s recent comments about chef education being “at crisis point”, Gloucestershire College, the county’s leading Catering and Hospitality School, is reaching out to young people to tell them that a career in this industry is indeed achievable, rewarding and lifelong.

Turn your fitness passion into a profession

Health and fitness have never been more fashionable. And there’s still time for fitness fans to turn their passion into a profession, by signing up to Gloucestershire College’s GC Express Level 3 Personal Training course.

Students reach national finals of iDEA

A group of Gloucestershire College students has reached the national finals of iDEA – the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Awards – with a downloadable digital magazine based around the life of YouTube. The official launch of the competition will be at Buckingham Palace, when the three winners will be announced.

Gloucester Rugby players cooking at Gloucestershire College

Members of the Gloucester Rugby team have swapped their studs for a set of kitchen scales and signed up to a four-week series of team-building cookery classes at Gloucestershire College.

Gloucestershire College apprenticeship vacancies live and online

Gloucestershire College is making it even easier for people to search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies in the county, thanks to the launch of a live vacancy page on its website.

Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony at Gloucester Cathedral

The success of hundreds of Gloucestershire apprentices will be celebrated at a graduation ceremony on Friday 20 March 2015 at the iconic Gloucester Cathedral.

The Forest Apprentice to launch at GC Open Evening

Gloucestershire College is teaming up with Mitcheldean-based engineering development company, Versarien, to launch The Forest Apprentice 2015 at its upcoming Open Evening.

New GC Sixth Form Course Guide 2015/16 out now

Gloucestershire College Sixth Form is excited to unveil its brand new Course Guide for 2015/16, which is now available to view and download online, and will be in physical format from Monday 10 November.

Gloucestershire College opens first City Centre training salon in the South West

The Gloucestershire College Hair and Beauty team has joined forces with the Francesco Group for Education and Training to open the first city centre training salon in the South West - Graduations at No.9.

Snap your Open Evening experience and win a £50 Amazon voucher

We’re adding a little excitement to this year’s November Open Evenings by launching a photography competition on social media – with a £50 Amazon gift card up for grabs for one lucky winner.

Students reach finals of National Skills Competition

Gloucestershire College is thrilled to announce that four talented students have reached the finals of the WorldSkills UK National Skills Competition 2014, which showcases the ambition of young people and adults in their pursuit of skills to the highest level.

Lest we forget – poignant poppy drop at Gloucestershire College

As the clock struck 11.00am on Remembrance Day this week, Gloucestershire College’s Gloucester Campus provided the setting for a touching tribute to our fallen heroes, in the form of a poignant poppy drop and poem reading.

Gloucestershire’s Finest to launch at Food Central Cheltenham Restaurant

Gloucestershire College’s revamped eatery, Food Central Cheltenham Restaurant, is launching a fabulous new dinner series entitled Gloucestershire’s Finest, which will showcase the talents of some of the top chefs in the region, alongside the industry’s future stars from the College’s Catering and Hospitality School.

Star students cater inspirational seminar at Blackfriars Priory

Some of Gloucestershire College’s star Independent Living students successfully catered the groundbreaking See the Ability, Not the Disability seminar held at Blackfriars Priory, Gloucester, on Friday 14 November.

Gloucestershire College Higher Awards Ceremony 2014

Gloucestershire College celebrated the achievements of over 400 higher education students in the grand setting of Gloucester Cathedral at its 24th Higher Awards Ceremony. 103 students graduated in person across 23 higher education subjects, with Guest of Honour Suzanne Hall-Gibbins, from Circle2Success, speaking at the occasion.

Students spread Christmas cheer to disadvantaged children

Gloucestershire College’s Foundation Studies students are spreading a little Christmas cheer this season by raising funds for the County Community Project’s annual Hamper Scamper and donating £420 worth of presents to disadvantaged children, young people, families and vulnerable adults.

Age of the Apprentice campaign launched with the Gloucestershire Echo

Gloucestershire College is thrilled to be the lead sponsor for the Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen’s 2015 Age of the Apprentice campaign, promoting the value of apprenticeships to employers and young people across the county.

Gloucestershire College goes BIG against bullying

Gloucestershire College has received an early Christmas present in the form of the BIG Award for excellence in bullying intervention, which proves just how serious the College takes the issues of bullying and inclusion.

Enterprising students win seed investment from Steria

Gloucestershire College joined forces with Steria and Gloucestershire County Council to host a Dragons’ Den-style competition at its Gloucester Campus on Wednesday 17 December, with the provider of end-to-end IT-enabled business services awarding seed investment of £1,500 to the two winning teams.

Short courses for DIY fans launching at Gloucestershire College

In response to customer demand, Gloucestershire College is launching GC DIY in the New Year, aimed at DIY enthusiasts with little or no experience. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to tile the bathroom or even fit your own kitchen, there are 11 courses on offer; each delivered over five days in March 2015 – with weekday and weekend options available.

Tick off your New Year’s resolutions at college

An exciting range of recreational courses has been launched in Gloucestershire College’s new Part-time and Professional Course Guide, ranging from music and media to fashion, catering and more.

Holiday Closure Information

All Gloucestershire College sites are shut from 3.30pm on 23rd December and will reopen at 8.30am on Monday 5th January.

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