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City College Plymouth

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Description of City College Plymouth

  • Founded: 1887,
  • Students age: over 16 years old,
  • Location: Plymouth, England,
  • Type of institution: college of additional education,
  • Language of instruction: English,
  • Type: combined.

City College Plymouth is an educational institution of additional education located in the city of Plymouth in the south-west of England. The college offers a wide range of courses for students from the UK and other countries, including professional qualifications, educational programs and higher education.

Educational process

The educational process includes lectures, workshops, seminars, project work and independent study of the material. The college provides its students with access to state-of-the-art learning resources, including computer labs, a library, and online courses.

Students can choose from a variety of courses, including vocational programs, college programs, GCSE and A-Level levels, continuing education courses and evening courses. The college also offers numerous programs for international students who want to learn the English language and culture of the UK.

Faculties and colleges

City College Plymouth offers more than 30 programs of study in various faculties. Some of them are:

  • Faculty of Business – programs in business, marketing, management and finance. Students will gain a wide range of knowledge necessary for a successful career in business and management,
  • Faculty of Technology – programs in information technology, software development, network security and electronics,
  • Faculty of Health and Social Sciences – Programs in Medical and Health Services, Social Sciences,
  • Faculty of Creative Arts – Programs in Design, Graphic Design, Fine Arts, Fashion and Theater,
  • Faculty of Life Sciences – programs in biology, chemistry, pharmacy, and other life sciences. Students receive a wide range of knowledge necessary to work in scientific laboratories and services in medical institutions.

Scientific achievements

City College Plymouth does not have such a high level of scientific research as universities, but still has certain scientific achievements and participates in research projects.

The institution has a strong environmental and sustainable science program, is engaged in research in the field of ecology and sustainable development, actively works with local communities to find ways to reduce the impact of human activities on the environment.

Things to know about

  • The college has one of the largest departments in the South-West of England for education in navigation and work at sea,
  • City College Plymouth offers a program for new mothers called Young Mums Will Achieve, which helps new mothers get the education, skills and support they need to succeed in life.
  • The college is a partner for study at the Royal Theatre Academy in Plymouth, where students can gain practical skills in the field of theatre arts,
  • City College Plymouth has a strong program for education in cooking and hospitality, has its own restaurant where students can gain hands-on experience in the industry,
  • It has its own sports club where students can practice various sports and participate in competitions at the regional and national levels.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in City College Plymouth

Program name
All year round
from 2300.00 £ / term
from 2300.00 £ / term
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 3000.00 £ / term
from 3000.00 £ / term
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 700.00 £ / week
from 700.00 £ / week
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 3000.00 £ / semester
from 3000.00 £ / semester
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

City College Plymouth does not provide its own housing for students, but can help students with finding residences or renting a private house or apartment, has agreements with local landlords.

Residences are usually located in close proximity to the college and offer rooms for one or more students, equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable stay, including kitchens, dining rooms, laundry rooms and recreation areas.

Activities City College Plymouth

  • The Student Union is the official representative of students and organizes many events and activities, including parties, competitions, sporting events,
  • Sports activities including football, basketball, volleyball, rugby and other sports. Students can take part in sports clubs and teams that regularly participate in competitions,
  • Cultural events: music concerts, theatrical performances, exhibitions,
  • Volunteer activities,
  • Career events,
  • Lectures, seminars, discussions.


  • A wide range of courses – the college offers more than 600 courses in various fields of expertise, including technical, business, art and design, healthcare, and more,
  • Qualified teachers: they have extensive experience and high qualifications in their fields,
  • Advanced learning resources – the college is equipped with modern equipment and technologies, which allows students to gain relevant knowledge and skills,
  • Developed infrastructure - the college has a library, cafes, sports facilities, recreation areas and other facilities that provide comfortable conditions for study and recreation of students,
  • Opportunities for career growth – the college has strong ties with the business community and universities, which provides students with good opportunities for employment and continuing their studies,
  • A variety of cultural and sports activities that help students broaden their horizons, participate in social life and play sports.

Facilities and equipment at City College Plymouth

  • Computers and IT equipment, including computer labs, laptops, multimedia projectors,
  • Library – it is equipped with modern reading and study equipment, including computers, scanners, printers, books, magazines and other resources,
  • Laboratories in the field of science, engineering, medicine, etc.,
  • Equipment for practical education, including mechanical and electronic tools, equipment for classes in the field of cooking, vehicles, etc.,
  • Sports equipment – students have access to gyms, fitness centers, swimming pools, and other facilities.

Admission dates and extra charges

The college academic year is usually divided into three trimesters, starting in September and ending in June.

Additional expenses:

  • Study materials,
  • Residence
  • Nutrition
  • Transport
  • Additional courses.

Enrolment process

  • Check out the available programs and choose the right one for you,
  • Fill out the online application,
  • Attach the necessary documents – copies of certificates and certificates, letters of recommendation, etc.,
  • Go through an interview with college representatives: during the interview you will be able to ask questions and discuss your plans for the future,
  • If your application is accepted, you will be sent a letter with an offer of admission. You must accept this offer and pay the entry fees,
  • After that, you will be registered as a college student and will receive information on how to prepare for the start of classes.

Enrolment statistics

According to the college, about 90% of students successfully complete their programs of study, 90% of them move on to further studies or find a job within 6 months of graduation. The college prides itself on being one of the most accessible in the region for all ages and levels of education.


City College Plymouth provides many opportunities for students to successfully start their careers or continue their education. The college has a good relationship with employers in the region and provides students with the opportunity to practice in a real-world work environment, which can be very valuable for their future careers.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

  • Students must be over 16 years old,
  • Some courses may require certain subjects taken in exams or a certain level of qualification,
  • For international students, an appropriate level of English proficiency is required. Usually, students must take an exam in IELTS format or another equivalent test to prove their proficiency in the language,
  • Students must apply for admission to the college by providing information about their education, work experience, and other relevant details,
  • Some programs may require an interview with the candidate to assess their eligibility for the program and determine whether they are suitable for the program.

Scholarships City College Plymouth

City College Plymouth provides students with several opportunities to receive financial aid in the form of scholarships and grants:

  • Bursary is financial aid for students between the ages of 16 and 19 who have a low income. Students can receive up to £1200 per year to cover the cost of textbooks, equipment and additional costs,
  • Advanced Learner Loan – Financial aid for students over the age of 19 who are enrolled in Level 3 or higher courses. Students can get a loan to pay the tuition fee, which they will have to pay back after completing the course when their annual income exceeds a certain level,
  • Additional Learning Support is a material support that is provided to students with special educational needs to help them cope with learning difficulties,
  • Plymouth Education Trust Grants – grants are available to students aged 16 to 25 who live or study in Plymouth; are designed to assist students in paying tuition expenses.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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- 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
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- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.

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