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Careers in the Creative Industries

The UK is known as a global hub of creativity for arts and media – but the creative industries cover far more areas than you may initially imagine.

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7 Tips To Make The Most Out Of Open Evenings

Open evenings are the perfect opportunity to get a feel for college. You’ll be able to ask important questions, take a tour of campus, meet your lecturers, and see how college life suits you.

Getting the most out of an open evening is the best way to make an informed decision on where you’d like to study. Not sure where to start or what questions to ask? We’ve compiled a list of top tips for attending an open evening:

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6 Creative Jobs that Didn't Exist 15 Years Ago

Creative industries are one of the fastest-growing sectors in the UK. With technology constantly evolving alongside the creative jobs that companies are looking for, the skills required for these positions are highly sought-after.

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Things to avoid when writing your personal statement

From the obvious to the not-so-obvious, we’ve put together a list of the top things that it's wise to avoid!

Celebrating our fourth successive 'Good’ Ofsted rating

Staff, students and apprentices are celebrating after receiving our fourth ‘Good’ report from Ofsted.

Inspectors, who visited our Cheltenham, Gloucester and Forest of Dean Campuses during November 2022, looked at eight key areas, including the quality of education, apprenticeships, behaviour and attitudes, leadership and management, and adult learning programmes, under a new enhanced inspection framework that launched in September.

Apprentice End Point Assessment Facilities officially opened in Gloucester 

Our Chancel Close facilities cater for Level 2 and Level 3 in carpentry and plumbing, and final end point assessments for brick and property maintenance.

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#NAW2023 6 Top Tips for Succeeding in your Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are a great way to break into an industry you're interested in so getting off to a strong start will help kick start your future career. We have compiled a list of top tips to help you on your way to finding an apprenticeship and succeeding while on the job.

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#NAW2023 Can You Go To University After An Apprenticeship

The short answer: yes!

Apprenticeships have come a long way in recent years and are no longer just associated with trades like plumbing or carpentry. They’re available in a huge range of sectors, including accountancy, computing, IT and engineering, to name a few!

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#NAW2023 Celebrating GC Apprentices: Izabela Wroblewska, AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting

Congratulations to Izabela who graduated from GC in November 2022 with a Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting. In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week 2023, we asked Izabela about her journey as an AAT apprentice with Advanced Innergy Solutions, and this is what she told us.

#NAW2023 What Are The Different Types of Apprenticeship Levels

There are many types of apprenticeships depending on the level you wish to study. Many apprenticeships offer pathways to progress onto a higher level course depending on your industry - so getting more informed about these potential avenues is key to your future career.

#NAW2023 Skill gaps in Hospitality: Could you be keeping more staff?

Alan Mulrooney, our Senior Business and Apprenticeships Sales Executive shares his thoughts on some of the challenges in the Hospitality sector and ways to address staff turnover and increase productivity and engagement.

#NAW2023 Developing Cyber Security Talent: Mark Misztal, Cyber Security Integrated Degree apprentice

In the lead up to National Apprenticeship week we met up with Mark Misztal, a Cyber Security Graduate apprentice at CDS Defence and Security to get his insights into the industry and learn how the apprenticeship programme has been supporting his professional ambitions.

#NAW2023 Line manager’s checklist to successful apprenticeship

Here are 5 simple questions that will help you define whether your apprentice is having a good experience and developing all the required competencies.

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5 Factual Benefits of Upskilling Employees Through Apprenticeships

Upskilling is the training or education given to employees to help develop and build upon their existing skills. Employers can benefit from the training and reap the rewards it brings to staff and the business. One of the ways that upskilling can be achieved is through apprenticeships. This is a successful training option for many employers because of the hands-on learning experience while on the job.

Using apprenticeship levy to reinvest back into your workforce

The apprenticeship levy was initiated by the UK government for all employers paying a wage bill of more than £3 million per year. The levy tax of 0.5% of your payroll is automatically collected by HMRC at the end of each month through your PAYE system.

The great news is that you can reinvest this levy back into your workforce in the form of apprenticeship training.

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5 Top Benefits of Further Education 

If you’re in year 11 and thinking about your study options post-GCSE, then we’ve rounded up our top reasons to consider studying at college over sixth form.

£500k investment in our new electric and hybrid electric vehicle training centre

We're driving forward the UK's pledge to transition to electric vehicles by 2030, with our new electric and hybrid electric vehicle (EV/HEV) training centre officially open for business.

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Apprenticeship Open Evening: Meet the Employers

With just one week to go until our Apprenticeship Open Evening 2023, we’ve rounded up the list of amazing local employers who will be joining us.

Meet Emily, Teaching Assistant Apprentice at Forest View Primary School

We met up with Emily Oakley, a Teaching Assistant Apprentice at Forest View Primary School to learn more about why she wanted to become an apprentice, what she gets up to, and the opportunities available to her after completion.

Healthcare Focus: Getting into Nursing

We recently caught up with three of our L3 Health and Social Care alumni who went onto study at university and are now working as nurses in various settings.

Hospitality Focus: Working in Catering and Hospitality 

Whether you picture yourself working in a small independent restaurant, a bustling food outlet or a 5* hotel, there are lots of different roles involved in successful hospitality businesses.

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Hairdressing Focus: Hear from our students

With the industry steadily growing, now is a great time to find out about the opportunities in hairdressing and barbering.

We've been speaking to current and past students to find out about their work and goals in the flexible industry.

The Best Free Online Courses for a Career Change

Online learning refers to any form of education or training that takes place over the internet and is designed for mainly adult learners. It is a flexible and convenient way for adults to acquire new skills, advance their careers or pursue personal interests. It is a great way to get a feel for a new industry you're interested in and gain a respected qualification upon completion.

Construction: Revitalise your workforce with apprenticeships. Recruit now for September starts.

Apprenticeships is a tried and true method of developing skilled tradesmen and attracting younger workforce to the sector. While giving apprentices access to valuable expertise and skills from older experienced workers, they also allow fresh new ideas and perspective to enter the business, thus driving innovation that benefits your organisation and strengthens the industry as a whole.

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7 Tips to Help Deal with Exam Stress

With exams around the corner, understanding that support is available during this time can make a difference to your results and overall well-being. Good well-being encompasses various aspects of your life, including physical health, mental health, and social relationships. Remember that there is the support you can seek out at school or college - even if it's just someone to talk to.

We've compiled seven handy tips to help you relieve exam stress and focus on your well-being.

Changes to Apprenticeship Funding 23/24

Just before Easter, the draft document with new apprenticeship funding rules for 23/24 was released by the Department for Education making it easier for providers and employers to access the apprenticeship system.

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Meet Charlie Hart, Digital Infrastructure Student working at SLG Brands

We’ve been catching up with first-year Digital Infrastructure student Charlie Hart, who’s been completing his work placement at the amazing offices of SLG Brands in The Brewery Quarter, Cheltenham.

Why Study a Customer Service Industry Course: Gloucestershire College

If you are considering a career in customer service, we have courses for you to choose from including;

  • Barbering Courses
  • Beauty Therapy Courses
  • Catering and Hospitality Courses
  • Hairdressing Courses
  • Make-up Artistry Courses

Look beyond dated stereotypes and find your fit today.

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Meet Sam Weller, Construction T Level student working at Kier Group

What does a T Level in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction really cover? We've been speaking to Sam Weller, who's completing his placement with the industry leading Kier Group.

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Hear from our Apprentices in our Apprenticeship Q&A Panel

During our Apprenticeship Open Evening, we hosted an apprentice Q&A panel where our leaners answered questions all about apprenticeships. From Level 2 to Level 6, our panel of learners representing a range of industry sectors gave an in-depth look into the apprenticeship process, their daily tasks and their futures career aspirations. Here's what they had to say:

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Adult Learning Courses at Gloucestershire College

Your learning doesn’t need to stop. Acquiring new knowledge, skills, and competencies is a great way to enhance your personal and professional lives, so finding the right adult course can support lifelong learning and development. We've listed our range of adult courses below, there may even be something for you.

New Machining Technician Apprenticeship Level 3

Our new Level 3 Machining Technician Apprenticeship Standard was designed to contribute to Gloucestershire’s engineering talent pool by equipping the sector’s current and future workforce with skills, knowledge and behaviours in line with the latest industry requirements. It was tailored to meet the needs of Gloucestershire-based engineering and manufacturing companies of all sizes.

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Why study at GC? Hear from our students

From the longer breaks and lack of uniform to building confidence and becoming more independent, some of our students have rounded up their favourite things about college!

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Lecturers in Industry: Nicola Cudby, Music

We’re proud that so many of our lecturers have either come from industry or still work in it. We’ve been catching up with Nicola Cudby who teaches music, alongside playing keys and saxophone and singing backing vocals in her band, Dead Anyway.

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Courses to Help You Get Into Employment

Are you looking for a way to boost your chances of landing a job or advancing your career? Our courses can help demonstrate your commitment to professional development and set you apart from other candidates in the job market. These types of courses can also be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. You'll have the opportunity to meet new people, learn from experienced tutors, and gain knowledge that can benefit you both professionally and personally. Check out these 5 course options that can help you get into employment and open new doors to career opportunities.

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Cost of Living: Saving Money as a Student

With many students cutting back on spending on food shopping and non-essential spending, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways that you can look to save some money whilst studying at GC.

ESOL Courses at Gloucestershire College

You may be thinking, why Gloucestershire College? Here are just some of the reasons why you should study English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) with us.

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Why Study Early Years Foundation Degree? Hear from our alumni

We recently heard from some of our Early Years Foundation Degree alumni, who told us why they decided to study the course and how it's changed their careers for the better.

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Casey's Cooking Competition in Venice

Earlier this month, Level 3 Professional Cookery student Casey Lamb spent a few fantastic days in Padova, Italy for the first CombiGuru UK challenge at the UNOX HQ.

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Fashion students meet David Thomas, one of Hollywood's most in-demand celebrity stylists

David Thomas is a world-famous stylist, considered one of the original pioneers of celebrity styling. He recently visited Fashion and Textiles students at Cheltenham campus to share his story, as well as tips and insights into the wonderful world of fashion and celebrity styling.

T Levels FAQ: Your guide to the latest qualification 

T Levels are a two-year technical qualification, designed to give you a head start towards the career you want. Created with local employers and businesses, they include an extended industry placement to help you learn what a career is really like in your chosen field.

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Lecturers in Industry: Ryan Pedder, Games Design

We’ve been catching up with Ryan who teaches Games Design, alongside creating 2D and 3D artwork for a range of mobile app games, amongst other things!

Using someone’s correct pronouns can support mental health and wellbeing

You might have noticed some staff and students have placed their pronouns in the signature of their emails. Are you now wondering what this means, why they’re doing this and why this is important?

CREATE23 Arts and Media Showcase

We’re excited to announce a brand-new student showcase is coming to Gloucester campus this month – and you’re invited!

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Why preparing a talent pipeline is key for the future of Gloucestershire businesses

According to recent population projections by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Gloucestershire is predicted to witness a 7.1% increase in its population by the year 2041, slightly surpassing the national average. While this growth may appear promising for businesses and local development, the report highlights a significant rise in the population aged 65 and above. By 2041, it is projected that the proportion of individuals in Gloucestershire who fall into this age group will sharply rise from 20.8% to 28.9%.

For businesses, building a solid talent pipeline is the top of recruitment and managers' priorities to invest in the present and future of an organization.

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Lecturers in Industry: Stephanie Evans, Human Resources CIPD

Stephanie teaches Human Resources alongside working part-time in HR at a local construction firm. She turned her hand to teaching after 30 years of industry experience!

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Celebrating Pride Month at Gloucestershire College

We want all our students, staff, and visitors to feel our campuses are a safe, inclusive space for all regardless of personal backgrounds and attributes. We celebrate Pride to bring our students together in spirit, accepting each other no matter who they are. Discover what we've been doing across our campuses to make college an inclusive place to study.

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Students celebrating Tourette's Awareness Day

Maisie Wood, who has Tourette’s Syndrome, has worked hard over the last few weeks to raise awareness for Tourette's Syndrome in a spectacular way!

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Lecturers in Industry: Alastair Blant, Property Maintenance

We recently caught up with Alastair who told us about his time as a Construction Trainer, as well as his latest endeavour running his own property maintenance business.

Gloucestershire College given green light for sustainable construction centre in Cheltenham

The £5.2m project aims to tackle the growing demand for skilled construction workers in the county, with an emphasis on sustainable and low-carbon technologies.

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Lecturers in Industry: Sophie Blount, Creative Media

Sophie teaches Creative Media alongside running her own media business after working in live television. She told us about the value of diversifying your skillset in a fast-changing industry like media and communications.

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Meet Libby, Adult Nursing T Level Student working at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

With an amazing opportunity to join the Theatres team at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Libby has been able to work with patients and see a number of surgeries take place, getting a great insight into what really happens day-to-day in a busy hospital.

International Women in Engineering Day: Kanyinsola Olayomi, Graduate Lecturer in Engineering

In anticipation of the upcoming International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June, a day dedicated to honouring the remarkable accomplishments of women engineers worldwide and highlighting the incredible career prospects for girls in this dynamic industry, we spoke with Kanyinsola Olayomi. Kanyin has recently joined GC as a Graduate Lecturer in Engineering and offers valuable insights into the field.

Why Study Professional Make-up Artistry?

Make-up artists are a huge part of the entertainment industry. Our range of makeup courses will hone your skills to achieve success in the world of makeup artistry.

Level 3 Apprenticeships: A Promising Pathway to Launch Your Career

For those seeking an alternative to traditional academic routes, Level 3 apprenticeships provide an excellent opportunity to kickstart their professional journey. Combining practical experience with structured learning, these apprenticeships offer a unique pathway that equips individuals with valuable skills, industry knowledge, and a head start in their chosen field.

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6 Tips to Help You Prepare and Settle Into College

Moving from school to college can be an exciting and new experience. Many students find that college is a step towards independence and towards learning that makes a difference towards your career goals. There are many differences compared to school that you'll experience once you come to college, so getting prepared will ensure you're on the right track come September.

Arts and Media Students Celebrate Success at CREATE23 Showcase

The week saw exhibitions from Art, Graphic Design and Photography students, as well as performances from Music and Performing Arts, a spectacular fashion show, and even a silent disco!

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Employer Interview: T Levels with Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

As an advocate for T Levels, Education Lead Chris Broom shares insights into T Level work experience that provides our students with diverse opportunities across different areas within the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Introducing Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Integrated Degree Apprenticeship

Delivered in partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), the DATS PID apprenticeship equips learners with much needed and in demand digital and technical skills. This programme offers Software Engineer and Network Engineer specialisations in the second year of study.

Why study at GC? Hear from our University-level students

We recently caught up with our university-level alumni during their graduation ceremony last November. What better way to discover what it’s really like to study at Gloucestershire College by hearing what our students have to say?

Why study full time and part time adult courses at college?

It's a common mistake to think that college is only for 16-year-olds but that is simply not the truth. Learning never stops and we continue to develop professionally and personally throughout our lives so why should learning stop? Whatever the motivation, returning to college could be the right choice for you.

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What is 'Learning that Works'?

We talk about “Learning that works” a lot, but what does it really mean? Read on to find out!

Gloucestershire College Launches Brand-New Fine Art HNC

Gloucestershire College (GC) is proud to launch a comprehensive, two-year Fine Art HNC course designed to develop artistic growth in a number of key specialties and practices. This university level arts course will provide you with fundamental knowledge and practical skills required to help you blossom in the dynamic world of fine art.

What's life as a GC student like?

Starting college can be a great opportunity to make a fresh start and become more independent. For many students, the change can be exciting as they discover what life at college is really like.

If you're curious about what to expect in September, read on to discover some of the main differences that make college a rewarding and fulfilling phase of your education!

Success for GC apprentices at the Engineering for People Design Challenge

One of our teams representing Gloucestershire College and the University of the West of England successfully pitched their design at the prestigious, annual Engineers Without Borders' Engineering for People Design Challenge Grand Finals.

North Tower Consulting: Enabling diversity through apprenticeships

North Tower Consulting (NTC), a fast-growing specialist management consultancy located in Cheltenham, has been passionate about providing apprenticeship opportunities across many areas of the business and has been benefiting from the enhanced skills, diversity, and innovative perspectives that apprentices bring. Read what our learners have to say about their apprenticeships at North Tower Consulting.

Introducing DevOps Engineer Apprenticeship

Enrolment continues for November start of DevOps Engineer Level 4 apprenticeship. If your business is looking to recruit a DevOps apprentice or has a member of staff with potential to grow, get in touch with us today.

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T Level Student Beginning Apprenticeship with Roberts Limbrick

Where can a T Level take you? We’re saying a huge congratulations to Regan who’s starting her journey towards a career in architecture after studying the Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction T Level.

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Celebrating 5 Years of our Forest of Dean Campus

As we approach the 5th anniversary of the opening of our Forest of Dean campus, we’ve been reflecting on some of the key moments in its journey since we opened the doors in 2018.

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Top 6 reasons to return to college as an adult

It’s never too late to learn. Returning to college can give you the opportunity to open new doors and pave the way for personal and professional growth, it can even help you work towards a higher salary. Whether you are looking for a career change or to develop in your current role, adult college courses can give you the skills you need to fulfil your aspirations. Returning to college has become increasingly popular among adults looking to expand their skillset, below are just some of the reasons why.

Celebrating Success as First Cohorts of T Level Students Achieve 100% Pass Rate

We’re thrilled to announce that our very first cohorts of T Level students have achieved a 100% pass rate, compared to the national average of 90.5%!

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Employer Guide to the Apprenticeship Journey

As you embark on the apprenticeship journey, it's crucial for businesses to simplify and optimise the process to ensure a seamless transition so both employer and apprentice benefit. We've outlined our employer's apprenticeship journey from the first steps, end-point assessment, and completion at GC.

Skills Bootcamps are Back

Gloucestershire College has been awarded funding for the second year running, to deliver courses in three key growth industries.

DevOps Engineer apprenticeship for business

Discover the benefits of DevOps Engineer apprenticeships for both individuals seeking a rewarding career and businesses aiming to remain competitive in today's digital age.


Why Gloucestershire College?

We guide any ambitious and motivated person on their journey through education and their career, by providing the right environment that encourages and nurtures individual talents.

Our industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching team provide our students with the skills businesses truly need.

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.