We are a chartered institute for education, which is a clear mark of excellence which shows potential new students and employers that an education provider is a centre of supreme quality in the areas of governance, leadership, professional development, teaching practice and community impact. This is reflected in the number of prestigious, nationally recognised awards we hold, including a Queen's Anniversary Prize and TEF Silver Award.
Having been awarded a 2017/18 Medal for Excellence, a fantastic achievement in itself, the College was then selected as the City & Guilds Lion Awards ‘Centre of the Year’. Winning this prestigious award demonstrates that the College has displayed exceptional achievement and is at the very top of its field of expertise.
In 2018 the TEF Panel judged that our higher education centre, the University Centre Somerset, delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.
The National College for Nuclear, Southern Hub based in Cannington includes a virtual reality environment, a reactor simulator and training rooms, sports facilities and student accommodation. The new facilities will develop the UK’s nuclear curriculum while creating career opportunities and delivering economic growth in the South.
The awards celebrate outstanding property and construction projects in Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Dorset and Cornwall, across ten categories.
The Automotive Engineering Department at Bridgwater & Taunton College was awarded ‘Centre of the Year’ at the Outstanding Achievement Awards 2017, by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). The awards recognise outstanding individuals as well as the world-class training being delivered across the UK.
The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education are awarded to relatively few universities and colleges in the UK for outstanding quality and innovation at a world class level. We are delighted to be one of those colleges!
A number of highly successful colleges entered in this category, but the judges felt our submission stood out from the rest. The college has sustained its outstanding performance over many years, and has built exceptional partnerships with employers and the local community.
The Computing and Games team were described by the judges as being “an inspiring and highly motivated team who are strong individually, but formidable as a whole. All the team’s activities have a core aim of enabling the student to thrive and flourish by being relevant and engaging.”
Bridgwater College was presented with Beacon College status in 2002 from the Learning and Skills Council, in recognition of our outstanding practice across all areas of the College. Disseminating good practice to other colleges is an important aspect of this award and something we regularly participate in.