Bridgwater & Taunton College is located in the heart of Somerset, with main centres in Bridgwater, Taunton and Cannington. It also has an outreach centre in Yeovil.
The College has an excellent reputation both regionally and nationally as a highly successful provider of education and training. The College:
Our examination and course results consistently place us amongst the best of all education and training providers in the South West.
Bridgwater & Taunton College’s vision is to be a world class education and training organisation which creates outstanding development and progression opportunities for our students, customers and communities through leading edge practice and partnerships with employers. Learn more about our Mission & Values.
The College is open weekdays and evenings in term time and in the weekdays during the holidays. It is only closed during the Christmas break.
Lessons for full-time students are timetabled between 9am and 4.30pm; these are the times when buses arrive and depart the College premises. Staff are on site from 8.30am until 5pm Monday to Thursday and until 4.30pm Fridays. During term time there is a day duty manager and evening duty manager, who is available until 9pm.
Opening times for facilities such as the Restaurants, LRC, gym etc will vary; call 01278 455464 or email email@example.com for details.
If you want to find out about studying at Bridgwater & Taunton College, see the Study with us section which contains all the information you need.
Bridgwater & Taunton College caters for more than 15,000 full and part-time students and employs more than 1,000 staff. The student population comprises approximately 3,500 16 – 18 year olds, as well as 700 students following higher education programmes. There is a growing international community, with students studying from over 35 different countries. Bridgwater & Taunton College is a leading provider of business training to employers across Somerset and have an excellent track record in providing certificated and bespoke training solutions for the business community.
There is an extensive curriculum, which covers the three key areas of:
There is also significant provision for students with additional learning needs. The College caters for all levels of study, from Year 10 and 11 school pupils attending on link and Diploma courses, right through to full Honours Degree programmes. It is also one of a few Colleges outside the private sector to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
A significant investment programme means the College facilities are constantly developing. In recent years the College has invested:
Significant investment in our building programme means we have some of the best resourced accommodation you will find in any further education college in the area.
With sites at Bridgwater, Taunton, Cannington and Yeovil, we offer specialist resources and purpose-built accommodation.
Check out our £8 million Energy Skills Centre, delivering engineering, science, low carbon and nuclear related education – the only one of its kind in the South West. Our performing arts centre, The McMillan Theatre, opened in 2015 and provides facilities for our expanding performing arts curriculum, as well as hosting events for the local community.
Our Taunton Centre, previously known as Somerset College, predominantly offers vocational qualifications across a range of subjects and from September 2017 is introducing the International and Technical Baccalaureate Programmes into its offer. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities which helps to support their learning and grow their knowledge in readiness for when they enter the world of work or enter higher education.
In recent years, over £10 million has been invested in improving the facilities at our land-based centres and the resources for land-based training are now considered to be among the most exceptional in the country, providing students with state-of-the-art surroundings for learning and practising their skills.
The Yeovil Centre is located at Lufton College and offers a range of land-based training. Students have access to a wide range of stock including exotics, raptors and a range of mammals, as well as dedicated teaching facilities and a specialist library. The rural location is ideal and gives agriculture students space to practise their skills.
Bridgwater College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Safeguarding includes supporting physical and psychological wellbeing by safeguarding them from all forms of abuse.
The College has a number of policies designed to ensure that all staff are treated fairly and equitably, and it also offers relatively generous terms and conditions of employment, which have been agreed in consultation with trade unions.
The College recognises two unions, UCU for teaching staff and UNISON for support staff, and it has an open, co-operative and positive relationship with both.
The College is committed to the promotion of equality and diversity and is dedicated to the elimination of discriminatory practices. We base all employment decisions on bias-free, objective criteria of knowledge, skills and experience and are not influenced by assumptions or pre-conceptions relating to an employee's age, disability, race, gender, ethnicity, marital status, sexual origin or religion or belief. We have been awarded the 'Positive about Disabled People' kitemark for the work we do to support job applicants and staff fulfil their roles. We have a Disability Lead Officer to support staff with any reasonable adjustments or workplace support equipment.
Terms and conditions of employment are contained within each job description and further details are incorporated in the staff handbook and contract of employment. We normally employ full-time staff on either a 37 or 39 hour week, according to category of employment. Programme managers and lecturers have a standard average teaching load of 22 class contact hours per week and work a total of 43 weeks in a year, with three of these weeks being available for continuing professional development during the summer period. We also have many part-time opportunities in teaching and support roles.
The College offers membership of the Teachers' Pension Scheme for teaching staff and the Local Government Pension Scheme for support staff. Staff can, however, make alternative arrangements via a personal pension plan. The College underwrites both schemes and makes a very significant contribution to pension benefits. The Pension Schemes also offer generous death in service (life assurance) benefits.
The College recognises the need for effective policies to support staff with family commitments outside work and currently offers the following:
Bridgwater & Taunton College isn't just about learning. There are many things to see and do. As a college with such a diverse range of subjects to study, there are many facilities and purpose-built buildings that can be used by the public, in addition to their learning purposes.
Pamper yourself with a treatment in one of our hair and beauty salons in Bridgwater or Taunton, take to the greens at our Golf Centre, or visit the driving range or enjoy a relaxing dining experience in our Quantock Restaurant at our Taunton campus. You could take riding lessons at the Equestrian Centre or have a go at high and low ropes at the Activity Centre or relax with a visit to the Walled Gardens of Cannington and Tea Room.