UK Leading Facilities
Our campus is undergoing exciting change which will be fully realised by 2024. Every single curriculum area is receiving significant investment, whether that is through a new building, a redesigned learning environment, dynamic teaching and social spaces or state-of the-art kit and technology, we are building, developing and realising a campus like no other! Our five-year campus investment strategy, with the first two years already delivered, will total more than £30 million.
Yeovil College is developing an estates strategy to deliver a 21st Century learning experience. Learning environments are changing and the expectations of learners and teachers are shifting; and for the benefit of our community, we need to shift further still. We are two years into a five-year accommodation strategy which underpins higher ambition and greater expectation for our learners. This is important to us, our business and to our wider community.
Facilities on offer:
Our Automotive Engineering Centre boasts a light vehicle maintenance facility equipped with four vehicle ramps, MOT test lane with brake roller tester, diagnostic test equipment, air conditioning service unit, tyre fitting bay and hybrid/electric vehicle tooling as we look to the next generation of motor vehicle transport. The workshops frequently carry out small repairs and Pre MOT inspections on staff cars to help our students understand the skills and behaviours needed to work with customers in a modern repair facility.
Our Computing and IT department are part of the prestigious Institute of Technology (IoT) partnership, as well as T Levels, which means they have received a significant amount of investment to develop their suites, new kit and technology, benefiting students across the campus. We boast some extremely up-to-date computing suites.
As one of the regions largest providers of construction education, and training, and one of the UKs highest performing construction centres, we have provided unrivalled, industry standard facilities for our Construction students, sponsored by Bradfords and Screwfix. We offer large workshops where students can hone their skills in an environment that replicates a real construction site.
Our Creative Centre for all art, design, media and digital arts students houses well-lit exhibition spaces and studios. This includes a Digital Photography Studio, Darkroom, TV, Film, Sound and Radio Studios, Digital 3D Fab Lab, Immersive VR Lab, Graphic Design Lab, Digital Media and Special Effects Lab, Printmaking, Fashion and Textiles Studio. The building transforms into an impressive gallery to showcase student work at the end of the year.
Our award-winning, student-led commercial restaurant, Da Vinci, has undergone a huge expansion and refurbishment enabling students to work and learn in a high quality establishment. Serving breakfast, lunch, home-made cakes and coffees, and delivering regular themed evenings, the restaurant is the ideal space to develop front-of house skills, customer service experience and catering credibility.
Our Engineering Centre is particularly special as it is home to a £10 million Leonardo Lynx Helicopter. We are also the only college in the country with an autoclave, making us the leaders for composites in the UK. We boast a 3D printer enabling our students to produce work for external businesses. Engineering is part of our Institute of Technology and has received a huge amount of additional investment.
The Fitness Centre and gym provides a full range of aerobic and resistance equipment including an extensive free weights area. Students can use the sports facilities to enhance their learning experience and take part in community sport. It is yours to use whenever you have free time and costs from just £30 per month.
Our Kingston Sixth Form Centre is an academically focused area where the environment replicates our ambition for our A Level students. We are known for maintaining a 100% A Level pass rate for all students, as well as achieving the highest A Level Value Added score in Somerset and Dorset. We also support our A Level students in their next steps, with many achieving places at Russell Group Universities, including Oxbridge universities.
Our Learning Resource Centre and Study Centres are equipped with a comprehensive selection of current resources including books, ebooks, journals, online subscriptions, WiFi, devices to borrow, charging towers and some static PCs. Students are supported by knowledgeable and experienced staff who can help in finding resources and accessing the computer suite.
This great facility is home to students studying Hairdressing, Beauty and Media Makeup. Students have the opportunity to work and practice in a commercial setting delivering professional treatments to clients. Our students deliver a range of luxurious pamper sessions including facials, electrolysis, waxing, manicures, pedicures and spray tanning through to blow-drys, hair extensions, re-styles and colour treatments, using only the best products and brands, including beauty giant ELEMIS.
Our Performing Arts Studio is a modern professional space, fitted with stage, sound and lighting, enabling students to deliver regularly planned shows from smaller singing performances through to full-scale, west-end musicals.