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Bath College

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Description of Bath College

  • Year of foundation: 1892
  • Location: Bath, Somerset, England
  • Age of students: 14+
  • Number of students: more than 8000
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Type of study: college.

A college that offers innovative education to develop skills needed in academic careers and work, enriches the community, and encourages students to strive for progress and achievement in a variety of fields.

Bath College is considered one of the best colleges of further education in the UK, being included in the group of 10% of the most sought-after educational institutions of this type in terms of academic performance, employer satisfaction and successful employment within a year after graduation.

The institution was founded in 1892 as a scientific, artistic and technical school of Bath. Its creation was caused by the need to support local youth and direct their development in the spirit of scientific and technological progress. In 1896, this educational institution and the Municipal Technical College received a permanent "residence permit" in the northern annex of the city hall. In 1910, the College of Home Economics was opened in Long Acre, and in 1914 the old prison building in Tverton opened as a technical institute after reconstruction. In 1927, a junior technical school was opened at the college, and in 1933 - a school of crafts. Finally, in 1935, it was all reorganized into the Technical College, which by 1960 had a new modern campus on Avon Street. In 1973, the Kingsmide building opened, in 1993 - Allen.

In 2014, the college was merged with Norton Redstock College (the latter experienced financial and organizational problems), since 2014 it is already Bath College.

Educational process

The college offers a number of vocational education courses in the field of:

  • business, industry and production,
  • information and communication technologies,
  • Mass media
  • performing and fine arts and music,
  • catering and hotel business,
  • Hairdressing
  • cosmetology and alternative medicine,
  • Floristics
  • construction and engineering,
  • carpentry and locksmithing,
  • masonry and interior works,
  • sports, travel and tourism,
  • health and social services,
  • art and design.

Individual faculties and courses are often highly appreciated by relevant regulators and professional associations.

The college offers courses of various levels, from beginner to undergraduate degree, as well as professional qualifications.

The college has been offering the University of Bath's International Founding Year for over 15 years. This course is a one-year intensive programme for students outside the EU to enrol at the University of Bath, offering routes for admission to all undergraduate programmes at the university (except architecture). 

Faculties and colleges

The college simultaneously educates over 2500 full-time students and 6-8 thousand part-time students.

Structurally, the college consists of 4 structural units, each of which is headed by a program manager:

  1. Department of Arts, Entrepreneurship and Construction;
  2. Department of English Language and Mathematics;
  3. Department of Media, Production and Services;
  4. Department of Health, Science and Technology.

Each unit has its own administrative apparatus, teachers and assistants. In total, more than 600 employees work here, of which at least 200 are holders of a degree.

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Accommodation, meals, prices

The educational institution occupies several buildings.

  • In the Allen complex there are canteens and a restaurant "Shraberry", also used to feed students.
  • The Macaulay building houses a resource center, a counseling center, aid and support departments and a student union, related services.
  • The Herschel Building houses the arts, media and administrative services.
  • The Westgate Building currently serves to house the Sixth Form and conduct exams.
  • The Bata Construction Skills Centre houses workshops, classrooms and storage facilities.

Two more buildings deserve special mention.

  • MAPA, designed by Bath Aaron Evans Architects, was until recently the newest building. It is home to music and performing arts courses. Here, along with rooms for rehearsals and performances, there is a modern studio with a mirror ceiling, several recording studios, equipment for film editing.
  • Finally, in 2014, the Roper Building was built: it now houses the Academy of Hairdressing Arts and Beauty and the Center for Higher Education.


  • More than 1400 courses - from beginner to degree level;
  • Opens the door to education 10,000 people each year at two campuses in Bath and North East Somersetshire;
  • The largest provider of education services in the county;
  • More than 300 partnership agreements with universities and employers of regional and national level in various fields of activity.

Facilities and equipment at Bath College

Students can resort to the services of the canteen and educational restaurant, take advantage of several dozen sports and recreational areas scattered on the campuses of the college.

The Library and the Learning Resource Centre provide access to a variety of subscription electronic resources, several dozen periodicals, a periodicals archive, a CD-ROM collection and many other manuals and materials, including over 40,000 books on various subjects. There is a copying center and a reprography center, equipped with modern printers, scanners and photographic equipment for working with large-format sources.

Scholarships Bath College

The Scholarship and Student Support Foundation (LSF) provides assistance to students in a variety of ways. A significant number of students can count on the payment of exams, assistance in the purchase of educational materials and stationery, compensation for transportation costs; others may qualify for financial assistance in purchasing books, uniforms, or a personal computer.

Along with the LSF, there are other sources of funding. In addition, there is a system of scholarships on need: students who meet the criteria of need can count on monthly payments that cover part of the tuition fee (excluding accommodation).

Students under the age of 18 are also eligible for free lunches at the school (this option is available to both locals and expats).

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- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
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- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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