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"Bath College, students can choose courses from business and culinary to floristry and screenwriting."


Bath College has been providing education and training for more than 100 years. It offers pre-university, career-based and undergraduate courses to approximately 2,700 full-time and 5,000 part-time students every year, including about 400 overseas students.

With its excellent facilities and commitment to education, the College offers a wide range of courses including art and design, business, children's care, learning and development, computing and IT, construction, catering, health and social care, sport, tourism, media and performing arts, refrigeration, English as a Foreign Language, teacher development and the University of Bath Foundation Year.

The new multi-million pound Roper Building has a dedicated Undergraduate Study Centre to cater for the increasing number of Higher Education students choosing to study at the College.

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Student Life

Students are at the heart of life at the College. In addition to providing high-quality courses we firmly believe in giving our students a full range of student-support services to enable them to succeed to the best of their abilities. All students have a personal tutor to guide them in their studies and advise them on progression routes including university entrance and careers.

The International Office team provide overseas students with comprehensive support on various matters including opening bank accounts and registering with a doctor. We find accommodation for students either with host families or in shared student houses. The active Students' Union arranges a wide variety of activities which include regular sports events, local and national excursions and overseas visits. A full induction programme helps students settle and ensures that they have the information they need to make their stay as beneficial as possible.

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Academic Strengths

To acknowledge its strength and commitment to high-quality education, the Bath College has won the National Beacon Award in Art and Design and has consistently been awarded Grade 1 in OFSTED inspection results in the Visual Arts. The College is also recognised as a Centre of Excellence for the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply courses, one of the professional-based courses. Regarding the higher education courses, the College has received excellent inspection results.

Since 1998, the English as a Foreign Language courses have been accredited by the British Council. In 2003, the College received the Investors in People award.

The Undergraduate courses run at Bath College are up there with the best in the country. Reviewers from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) concluded that they have ‘confidence’ in the HE provision at Bath College. This is the highest assessment grade possible.

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Bath College City Centre campus is located in the centre of the World Heritage City of Bath and is minutes away from city-centre amenities, the railway, bus and coach stations. It takes 90 minutes by train to London and it takes two and a half hours by coach to Heathrow. Bath is a lively, prosperous city with excellent facilities and a wide range of cultural activities. A number of international events are held each year, for example, the Music Festival, the Guitar Festival and the Film Festival.

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The college also has it's Somer Valley campus, based in Westfield, in the beautiful North East Somerset countryside. It is on a direct bus route from Bath City centre and takes 30 minutes from our city centre campus by car, with plenty of parking available on site.

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How to enrol

Enrolling on Part Time Courses

Step 1: Look at Our Courses
There are various ways of finding the right course for you; using this Website to search our vast course database, browsing the Bath College Part-time Course Guide, going through your Careers Advisor or Connexions Worker or by taking advice from Learn Direct staff.

The Part-Time Course Guide is available for download or can be picked up in person from Bath College’s Student Advice Centre in the Roper Building, the Main Reception on St James Street, Bath, or from the Main Reecption at their Somer Valley Campus, BANES. They are also available to be picked up from BANES Libraries, Connexions Centres and various other outlets.

Step 2: Choose Your Course
Browse the courses and choose one which is suitable to your needs and interests. When considering a course please bear these points in mind:

  • Is the course content what I’m looking for?
  • Do I have the right entry qualifications?
  • Does it lead to a recognised qualification and how important is this to me?
  • Can I attend at the times shown and for the length of time needed?
  • How much work will I need to do outside class and can I fit it in?
  • Can I afford it?
  • Do I need to get some advice from the College first?
  • Am I required to attend an interview for the course?

Step 3: Complete Enrolment Form
Download or pull out from the part-time prospectus the part-time course Learning Agreement Form (enrolment form); complete it and return this to the College. By completing this form and returning it to the College, providing there are spaces on your chosen course, you have been accepted onto this course and are now enrolling upon it.

Step 4: Start Your Course
Part-time courses start at various dates and times throughout the academic year, dependent upon the course. Once you are enrolled please ensure that you attend the correct course sessions that you have applied for and most importanly enjoy your learning experience at Bath College.

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Open Events

Come and tour the College. Talk to tutors and careers specialists about the right course for you. Have a look at our specialist workshops, restaurant, salons and theatre and talk to students about life at College.

You don't need to book - we'd love to see you at any time during the events.


Our courses are taught in well-resourced classrooms with specialist facilities. Students can use all the facilities which include a well-equipped learning centre and computer-aided learning facilities. The learning centre is open from 8.45am to 8:30pm on weekdays. Specialist facilities include beauty therapy studios, a hairdressing training salon, training restaurant, industry-standard music-recording studios, refurbished science laboratories and excellent art studios. There is also a dedicated Undergraduate study centre for our Higher Education students in the College’s new multi-million pound Roper Building at the City Centre campus..

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Contact details

Bath College

City Centre Campus
Avon Street

Tel: +44 (0)1225 328720/312191
Fax: +44 (0)1225 444213

Somer Valley Campus
South Hill Park
Wells Road

Tel: +44 (0)1761 433161