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Student Development

At Gloucestershire College we are committed to preparing you for your next step, whether that be employment, further study, higher education or an apprenticeship. Your ambition is our ambition and we make it our mission to help you get there!

You will take part in work experience placements as part of your programme of study. GC is committed to working with employers to ensure you have as much experience as possible during your time with us. We know this makes a real difference to the students that local employers are recruiting and to your potential success as an Apprentice or a future student.

At GC you will have the opportunity to personalise your study programme by choosing the best development for YOU.

Through one or more of the following:

  • Additional work experience
  • Volunteering
  • Sports and activities
  • Training and development

If you are studying a Level 3 course then you will be expected to undertake a substantial Work Placement as part of your programme. Drop into the Student Hub on any campus to find out more.

Student Mentors

Learning Mentors are here to support you throughout your journey at GC. They will support you to be safe, successful and stay on track. They support students alongside academic tutors to make sure you have everything you need to learn successfully. They can make links with staff across the college including the Learning Support team, Advice and Guidance, Employment coaches and Safeguarding Officers.

Student Development

At Level 1 and 2, your student development work will ensure you have the skills and knowledge to start working independently out in business, whilst providing you the opportunity to work with employers. You will cover key topics in health and safety, safeguarding, building confidence and resilience and learning about your rights and responsibilities as an employee. We cover this in an embedded way at Level 3. 

Employability Support

We have a dedicated team on each site supporting you in gaining meaningful work experiences and advertising opportunities for part-time jobs and volunteering. They are here to help you explore new work-placement ideas and meet what is required of you on your course. We support students to practice their interview skills, build a great CV and connect with the world of work alongside their programme.


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.