Somerset College


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 are 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 is 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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