Somerset College

Introduction

Located in Taunton the County Town of Somerset, in the heart of the South West, Somerset College offers an extensive range of Further and Higher Education courses as well as skills training in a warm, friendly and welcoming environment. Our success speaks for itself with fantastic achievements and great careers for our students.

Principal's Welcome

For more than 150 years Somerset College has provided the highest standards of education and training using industry-standard facilities and resources. All of our courses are designed to meet employer's needs and to provide skills and knowledge relevant to work and employment.

Inspectors recently rated us as a 'Good' college' and 'Outstanding' in several areas. Our success rates are very high for both Further and Higher Education; our campus is vibrant; we have national awards in many areas and are specialists in health and social care, design and the creative industries. Amongst our many strengths is our growing expertise in renewable and green technologies. Part of this is our extensive experience of, and professional programmes for, sustainable construction. This area is a growing strength of the College and represents our response to new technologies that span many business sectors.

We are a progressive college which brings out the best in all our students. Whatever their choice of study, each person is given full support to find out who they really are and achieve their ambitions and aspirations.

Our courses cover many levels, and we have a strong Higher Education portfolio with degree courses in many areas. Students come from all over the UK to study on our degree programmes. Our students stay with us from Further to Higher Education, and return again to develop their professional skills when they enter employment.

Our contact and work with employers is extensive and we aim to be the training provider of choice for young people, adults and employers in Somerset. We want our students to achieve the highest standards set for their chosen industry sector, so that they can begin their careers with confidence, knowing they have been trained in the most advanced business methods and technology.

Also on our campus are Genesis, the sustainable construction centre, The Hot House business incubation units and the Taunton Conference Centre. These landmark buildings, together with our extensive range of courses from the Business Training area of the College, give the support and conference facilities business needs to get ahead. Coupled with the range of business training options from the College, we can offer businesses all the help they need to achieve a well-resourced and highly skilled workforce.

Rachel Davies

Principal and Chief Executive

Our History

We've been leading the way since 1856

Somerset College started life in 1856 as the School of Art and Science, before moving to Corporation Street, Taunton, as the School of Art at the turn of the century. It wasn't however, until the early 1970s that the School of Art merged with the Technology School and relocated to the Wellington Road site.

The buildings and facilities you see today are the result of a multi-million pound investment that has enabled Somerset College to stay at the forefront of Further and Higher Education in the County.

We continue to invest in our facilities, to enable us to offer state-of-the-art resources to all our students and provide a place of learning that inspires all who study, work and visit us. For example, in September 2013 we opened the new Industry Skills Centre, which incorporates construction crafts. In addition, we are now progressing through the bidding and consultation process for the refurbishment of the Art & Design building.

Today we are a thriving community with a reputation for excellence. In 2012 Somerset College was the best Further Education College in Somerset for success, for long courses of all ages.

We prepare our students for a number of careers across many industry sectors, with our graduates working in education, technology, healthcare, engineering, design and many other sectors. Our students have worked for a number of high profile companies, including Vivienne Westwood, Per Una, Fat Face and Abercrombie and Fitch.

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Programs

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Courses

FdA Business Management

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Taunton

Lay the foundations for the career of your choice with our Business Management courses. These equip you with a range of flexible and transferable skills, ensuring you are a genuine asset in the workplace. [+]

Course Description

Lay the foundations for the career of your choice with our Business Management courses. These equip you with a range of flexible and transferable skills, ensuring you are a genuine asset in the workplace.

No organisation operates effectively unless its employees have significant commercial expertise. Our courses equip you with exactly what’s required to make a key contribution to your employer’s success. So whether you want to work as a financier, accountant, marketer, administrator, HR manager, or in any other role, this course provides the perfect opportunity to enhance your skills.

As well as learning about business and management through lectures and seminars, you will work with local employers to gain hands-on experience of the real world of business. This will build your experience, help you to generate fresh knowledge, and give you a ready-made contacts book by the time you graduate. ... [-]


FdA Early Childhood Studies

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Taunton

If you’re committed to making a difference to the lives of children and young people, our courses in Early Childhood Studies are the perfect foundation for your career. [+]

Course Description

If you’re committed to making a difference to the lives of children and young people, our courses in Early Childhood Studies are the perfect foundation for your career.

They are designed specifically for people who wish to pursue a career in Early Years care, or who are already working in that sector. So if you know that working with young people is your passion, this is the course for you.

The course includes modules in the following areas in the first year:

Maths, Science and the Child Language, Literacy and the Child Play and Learning Learning and Development Professional Practice and the Workplace Applied Social Science

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FdA Graphic Media and Communication

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Taunton

The aim of the course is to help you develop the creative skills needed to achieve success in your future career. With this in mind, the course explores how ideas are communicated through language, images and messages. [+]

Within the School of Art and Design at Somerset College we pursue the intelligent development of visual communication. Students learn the invisible language of form, composition, balance, structure, rhythm and hierarchy coupled with the very visible language of communication.

The aim of the course is to help you develop the creative skills needed to achieve success in your future career. With this in mind, the course explores how ideas are communicated through language, images and messages.

It equips you with the understanding and skills to operate effectively within the fast-moving and stimulating design sector.

By studying on this course, you will develop and establish:... [-]


FdA Media Make-up

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Taunton

Want to be a professional make-up artist, working in places like English National Opera and West End theatres, or the BBC and ITV, and on major film productions with directors like Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton and Danny Boyle? [+]

Course Description

Want to be a professional make-up artist, working in places like English National Opera and West End theatres, or the BBC and ITV, and on major film productions with directors like Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton and Danny Boyle?

That’s exactly what our graduates have gone on to achieve, and with this course under your belt, there’s every chance for you to follow suit.

This unique programme will give you:

An in-depth understanding of the media make-up industry. Insight into the role of make-up artists in relation to stage, TV and film, fashion editorial and promotional shoots. The skills and creative flair to use make-up to express emotions, transform faces and portray character. The technical and artistic skills for complete make-up transformations. The research skills required to ensure the quality and accuracy of character portrayal. Skills in the art of hair work, character development, body painting, postiche (wig-making) and prosthetics. A comprehensive portfolio of work to show prospective employers. The opportunity to undertake work-based learning and live projects in the media world. Teaching and Assessment ... [-]

FdSc Computer Games Technology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Taunton

Succeeding in the field of Games Technology involves a combination of technical aptitude and commercial and creative know-how. That’s exactly what our degree programmes are intended to equip you with, meaning that you’ll stand every chance of landing your dream job once you graduate from Somerset College. [+]

Course Description

Succeeding in the field of Games Technology involves a combination of technical aptitude and commercial and creative know-how. That’s exactly what our degree programmes are intended to equip you with, meaning that you’ll stand every chance of landing your dream job once you graduate from Somerset College.

This programme incorporates our innovative use of work-based learning, to help you gain hands-on experience in professional environments during your studies. First years undertake a work placement with an employer in the games technology industry, while the second year includes a live games production project. In the past, students have worked on developing games for partners such as the NHS, Mole Valley Farmers, British Red Cross and Somerset Wildlife. ... [-]


FdSc Computing and Internet Technologies

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Taunton

Develop skills in computing and you’ll be employable the world over. This industry sector continues to grow, and our degree courses equip you with the skills employers require for their workforce. [+]

Course Description

Develop skills in computing and you’ll be employable the world over. This industry sector continues to grow, and our degree courses equip you with the skills employers require for their workforce. As a result, Somerset College computing graduates enjoy excellent prospects and rewarding careers.

One of the distinctive features of our programmes is their work-based learning content. This involves a placement with an employer during the first year, and participation in a professional IT project during the second year. Also included in our provision is a commitment to developing your professional skills, in order to enhance your employability upon graduation.

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FdSc Engineering (Design & Manufacture)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Taunton

With a firm focus on developing practical skills in design and manufacture, this course provides you with the ideal opportunity to get hands-on in your chosen field. You will use a wide range of tools, techniques, equipment and software in addition to laboratory equipment. What’s more, you’ll develop professional aptitudes that enhance your employability upon graduation. [+]

Course Description

With a firm focus on developing practical skills in design and manufacture, this course provides you with the ideal opportunity to get hands-on in your chosen field. You will use a wide range of tools, techniques, equipment and software in addition to laboratory equipment. What’s more, you’ll develop professional aptitudes that enhance your employability upon graduation.

During this course, you will have the opportunity to explore a range of areas in this diverse sector of engineering. During the first year you will:

Gain a clear understanding of the fundamentals of engineering and the skills required to apply that knowledge effectively. Learn how to assess the risks involved in practical engineering work and quickly gain a thorough understanding of the need to develop, promote and apply safe systems of working. Be encouraged to be creative when considering the design process, analytical in how you solve problems and innovative when you are seeking solutions to engineering problems. Consider your professional and ethical responsibilities and understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context. Gain an awareness of relevant contemporary issues such as sustainability, enterprise and responsible business practices. ... [-]

FdSc Engineering (Electronic Systems)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Taunton

Play your part in the future of global communications by studying for a Foundation Degree in Electronic Systems. This course equips you with all the skills needed to ensure you are at the cutting edge of technology in both electronics and communications. [+]

Course Description

Play your part in the future of global communications by studying for a Foundation Degree or HNC in Electronic Systems. This course equips you with all the skills needed to ensure you are at the cutting edge of technology in both electronics and communications.

We’ve designed our Foundation Degree to prepare you for a career in both the design and operation elements of the industry. That means you’ll be working on practical projects alongside your theoretical learning, to ensure you develop the right aptitudes for whatever job you choose.

The course modules will include:

Mathematics Electrical Principles 1 Analogue Electronics Instrumentation and Measurement Digital Electronics Engineering Design Microprocessor Systems Quality Assurance Instrumentation and Control Business and Finance Professional Practice and the Workplace Internet Technologies and Security Project Network Technologies ... [-]

Foundation Year

FdSc Engineering (Automotive Engineering)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Taunton

Study Automotive Engineering at Somerset College and you’ll have access to our brand-new, purpose-built facilities. We specialise in engine mapping, advanced diagnostics, vehicle performance enhancement, advanced vehicle technology and hybrid vehicles - and our staff are among the best in the country when it comes to their knowledge and expertise. [+]

Course Description

Study Automotive Engineering at Somerset College and you’ll have access to our brand-new, purpose-built facilities. We specialise in engine mapping, advanced diagnostics, vehicle performance enhancement, advanced vehicle technology and hybrid vehicles - and our staff are among the best in the country when it comes to their knowledge and expertise.

Thanks to our close working relationship with the automotive industry, our courses provide the perfect preparation for life in the real world, and our students are highly employable. Our focus throughout is on equipping you with practical skills, and you will have a chance to use a wide range of tools, techniques, equipment and software. During the course, you will:... [-]