City of Bath College

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City of Bath College is a Further Education
Further education
Further education is a term mainly used in connection with education in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is post-compulsory education , that is distinct from the education offered in universities...

 college in the centre of Bath, Somerset
The ceremonial and non-metropolitan county of Somerset in South West England borders Bristol and Gloucestershire to the north, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south-east, and Devon to the south-west. It is partly bounded to the north and west by the Bristol Channel and the estuary of the...

, England.


The college was formed in 1892 under the combined names of Bath City Science, Art, and Technical Schools. Its creation arose out of the need to encourage young people to take an interest in the Sciences, and for them to be made aware of the Technical innovations that were occurring at the end of the 19th century. In April 1896 these new Schools occupied the new north extension of the Guildhall, Bath
Guildhall, Bath
The Guildhall in Bath, Somerset, England was built between 1775 and 1778 by Thomas Baldwin to designs by Thomas Warr Attwood. It has been designated as a Grade I listed building....

. In 1910 Long Acre, Walcot
Walcot, Bath
Walcot is a suburb of the city of Bath, England. It lies to the north-north-east of the city centre, and is an electoral ward of the city.The parish church, on The Paragon is dedicated to St Swithin and was built in 1779-90 by John Palmer....

 was taken over as additional accommodation for technical training mainly as a domestic science college. In 1914 the Old Jail at Twerton was converted and opened as Twerton Technical Institute. In 1927 a Junior Bath Technical School opened at Bath Technical College and in 1929 a Junior School of Art, (Bath School of Art and Design
Bath School of Art and Design
Bath School of Art and Design is an art college in Bath, England. It forms part of the Bath Spa University whose main campus is located a few miles from the City at Newton Park, near Corston, Somerset.-History:...

) followed with the Junior School of Homecrafts being established in 1933. In 1934 the Domestic Science College
Bath College of Domestic Science
Bath College of Domestic Science was a small college in Bath, Somerset, England.The teaching of domestic subjects in Bath started in 1892 at 19 Green Park with the founding of the Bath Technical Schools. The Technical Instruction Act of 1889 had given local authorities power to levy a rate to...

 moved from Long Acre, Walcot to Brougham Hayes, Lower Oldfield Park. This building originally housed the Somerset Industrial School for Boys in 1832. It was founded to accommodate 180 boys, it had originally been built as a barracks. These Technical Schools evolved into the new Bath Technical College, which moved from the North Wing of the Guildhall in 1935 to Lower Borough Walls, taking over the buildings that were vacated when the Royal United Hospital
Royal United Hospital
The Royal United Hospital is a major acute hospital, located in the Weston suburb of Bath, England, which lies approximately miles west of the Bath city centre. The hospital currently has 565 beds and occupies a site...

 moved to the new hospital in Combe Park. Avon Street became the latest site of the College, when it was constructed as a new purpose built facility during the 1960s re-development of Bath.

Present Day

City of Bath College now has approximately 2,000 full-time and more than 6,000 part-time students. It employs nearly 500 staff.


The College offers a range of vocational courses covering business and professional courses, computing, IT, media, performing arts, music, catering and hospitality, hairdressing, beauty and complementary therapy, floristry, construction, engineering, carpentry, stonemasonry, sport, travel and tourism, uniformed public services, art and design. In January 2011, Ofsted once again graded the College's Art and Design department as 'outstanding'. Courses are also offered at a range of levels from Entry Level through to Foundation Degrees, HNDs and professional qualifications.


The College occupies several buildings. The Allen building (A block) houses the refectory and Shrubbery restaurant which is a training restaurant for catering students. The building is also home to sports and hair and beauty students. On the top floor is the Academy, a training hairdressing and beauty salon. Macaulay building houses the College learning resource centre, the Student Advice Centre, additional learning support departments, the student participation team and the students' union. Herschel building was formerly the sixth form centre, and now houses art, media and the College management team. The Westgate building currently houses Sixth Form classes. The classrooms are also used as exam rooms. John Wood building provides some addiitonal classrooms. The Construction Skills Centre at Bath Trade Park provides state of the art carpentry and stonemasonry workshops, plus classrooms and study areas.
MAPA is the newest building. It is home to the College's music and performing arts courses and replaces the Gainsborough building. This building is split into three different sections, performing arts takes around half of the space with its rehearsal room, performance space and sprung-floor mirrored dance studio. Music is next door with three professional recording studios, performance venue, four rehearsal rooms and film editing facilities. College House is mostly staff offices and the International Office.

In early 2011, Kings building, which used to house the gym, was demolished to make way for a new three-storey building due for completion in November 2011.

Notable alumni

  • Emma Pierson
    Emma Pierson
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    , actress (Hotel Babylon
    Hotel Babylon
    Hotel Babylon was a BBC television drama series based on the book of the same name by Imogen Edwards-Jones, that aired from 19 January 2006 to 14 August 2009, produced by independent production company Carnival Films for BBC One...

    , Grange Hill
    Grange Hill
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  • Jason Gardener
    Jason Gardener
    Jason Carl Gardener is a retired British sprint athlete, and former World Indoor Champion. Gardener was educated at Beechen Cliff School and the City of Bath College, and went on to graduate from Bath Spa University.-Athletics career:Gardener started his career at the World Junior Championships in...

    , athlete (60m / 100m)
  • Nathan Catt
    Nathan Catt
    Nathan Catt is a rugby union player who plays at Prop for Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership.Catt played for England in the 2007 IRB U19 World Championships. In the 2008 U20 Six Nations, Catt started every game, as the England under-20 team won the grand slam...

    , Bath Rugby
    Bath Rugby
    Bath Rugby is an English professional rugby union club that is based in the city of Bath. They play in the Aviva Premiership league...

  • Danny Byrd
    Danny Byrd
    Danny Byrd is a drum and bass DJ, producer and musician from Bath in the South West of England. He is influenced by house, UK garage, R&B and the Old Skool Rave / Jungle Techno sound and releases his music primarily on Hospital Records, the UK based, independent dance music label.-History:Danny...

    , Drum and Bass
    Drum and bass
    Drum and bass is a type of electronic music which emerged in the late 1980s. The genre is characterized by fast breakbeats , with heavy bass and sub-bass lines...

     DJ and producer
  • Gabrielle Aplin
    Gabrielle Aplin
    Gabrielle Ann Aplin is an English singer-songwriter from Bath, Somerset. Aplin first became recognised on Youtube over 3 years ago when she covered a song by the American rock band Paramore, called My Heart...

    , YouTube artist, singer, songwriter

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