City College Plymouth

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"Whether you’re still schooling, considering a degree, or looking to improve work skills, our college’s a great place to gain suitable qualifications."


City College Plymouth is a further education college located in the heart of Plymouth. Our College dates back to 1887 where it was a school of science and art. It became a college of further education in 1969 and rebranded in 2007 to become City College Plymouth. We have two main centres - one at Kings Road and the other at Goschen.

City College Plymouth is one of the first further education colleges to be awarded the Training Quality Standard, a new national scheme that recognises and celebrates the best organisations delivering employer-led training and development. The College now has special recognition for excellence in construction; engineering; and hospitality and leisuretravel and tourism; and will be entering other sectors over the coming year.

College Key Facts

  •  Number of full-time students - 3,088 
  •  Number of part-time students - 22,028 
  •  Number of total students - 25,116 which includes 916 higher education students and 185 non-EU international students 
  •  Number of apprentices - 1,100 
  •  Number of employees - 812   

What's on offer

The College offers a variety of qualifications including: 

  •  academic qualifications such as A levels and GCSEs 
  •  vocational qualifications which relate to a particular area of work such as NVQs and BTEC national diplomas 
  •  higher education qualifications including foundation degrees, higher national certificates/diplomas and professional qualifications 
  •  work-based learning programmes including apprenticeships 
  •  basic skills in numeracy and literacy 
  •  the new 14 to 19 diplomas.

To help you in your studies we have libraries at each of the two main centres - Kings Road and Goschen. 



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Subject strengths

Subject areas include:

  • A-levels and GCSEs 
  • Access to higher education 
  • Administration, customer service and retail 
  • Beauty, complementary studies and hairdressing 
  • Business, management and professional 
  • Care, counselling and first aid 
  • Catering, hospitality and licensed trade 
  • Cleaning and housekeeping
  • Construction
  • Engineering 
  • Health and safety
  • Information and computer technology 
  • Performing arts, media and music 
  • Public services and sport 
  • Science 
  • Skills for life 
  • Teaching and Training

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Student Life

At City College Plymouth we believe in working hard and playing hard. We want you to get the most out of your free time, so we have a range social facilities and activities on offer that enables us to give you an exceptional education experience.

Take part

Our Students’ Union (SU) encourages students of all ages to get involved in a range of social, cultural and sporting activities. The SU provides a range of social, cultural and sporting activities on and off campus. When you get here, check out our website (www.ccpsu.org.uk) and notice boards for information about:

  • Trips
  • Gigs 
  • Events 
  • Clubs 
  • Societies 
  • Teams 
  • Competitions 
  • Campaigns 
  • Welfare activities. 

Get active

Exercise in the welcoming, stress-free atmosphere of our college gym or take part in a range of group fitness classes. Our Student Liaison team runs a programme of activities for you to have fun, get involved and take your mind off your studies.

The team delivers an enrichment programme throughout the study year which includes:

  • Kayaking 
  • Basketball 
  • Circuit training 
  • Aerobics 
  • T’ai Chi 
  • Pilates 
  • Annual trips to places such as Alton Towers and Amsterdam. 

Everything they do is tailored to suit your needs and to support your study and social life - in either case, they are here to help you achieve your personal goals.

Student Liaison Officers

Our Student Liaison Officers are available to support you if you have any difficulties which prevent you from attending college.

Their job is to:

  • Help you access Learner Support Funding to assist with travel costs 
  • Support you in completing your coursework. 
  • Pamper yourself

Our Creative Solutions hair and beauty salons are the ideal place to treat yourself to a new hairdo, massage or beauty treatment.

Places to eat and drink

We have a number of places to buy food and drink at each of our sites. Serving everything from cooked breakfasts to fresh sandwiches and three-course meals.


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Studying at City College Plymouth means you have access to our industry-standard facilities. Join one of our hospitality and catering courses and you will train in professionally equipped kitchens, and our fully refurbished, modern restaurant and brasserie.

As an engineering student you will get the chance to work in our fully equipped engineering workshop and working garage - you actually get to work on ‘real’ cars. Our construction students get to experience what it’s like to work on a construction site, and in our hair and beauty salons, ‘Creative Solutions’, you will offer treatments to paying customers. If you join one of our performing arts courses, you’ll be taught in our fantastic drama theatre and dance studio.

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The College’s two main centres are within walking distance of the city centre. There are good bus links between the centres, the train station and the city centre.


How to enrol

How to apply for a Course at City College Plymouth

To apply for a course you can either click on the links below to download an application form, or use the form at the bottom of the screen to request an application form to be posted to you.

If you would like to download a application form, there are two versions:

Each of these forms can either be printed off, completed and posted to City College Plymouth or, alternatively, if you have e-mail set up on your computer you can complete the form online and send it via e-mail.


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Open days

College Open Events

Come along to one of our open events - tour the College, meet the staff and students, and find out why City College Plymouth is the place to study!

The College holds many events throughout the year including:

  • open days and information evenings
  • awards ceremonies
  • employer networking dinners
  • performances by our drama and music students
  • themed evenings in our Cité Restaurant.

Student Story

Abigail James, NVQ Level 3 Beauty Therapy

'I really enjoyed the beauty therapy courses that I studied at the College, and feel that it pushed me to my maximum potential. I had great lecturers who have extensive industry experience and taught me everything they know. They prepared me for work, by giving me opportunities and experiences that I would encounter in the real world - the College has a working salon with paying customers.

In July 2009 I opened my own nail salon, The Nail Boutik, in Plympton. Now that I have started my own business, it has become more apparent to me how important and useful the skills I was taught at the College are. I would definitely go back to the College - it was a great experience and I loved every minute of it.'


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Contact details

Address: Kings Road 


Tel: 01752 305300
Nearest Train/Tube Station: Plymouth