South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) is a Further Education college formed in 2012, following the merger of Filton and Stroud Colleges. SGS has five main campuses – Stroud, Filton, WISE, Berkeley Green and Queens Road – as well as many local community venues, and welcomes around 15,500 full-time, part-time, apprenticeships and higher education students of all ages every year. The College prides itself on providing high quality, innovative education and training that is accessible to all.

Filling the gaps in traditional education
Specialising in engineering, cybersecurity and digital technologies, the Berkeley Green University Technical College (UTC) aids the provision at SGS by blending academic studies with vocational education, unlocking a variety of study and career pathways for young people.

Alongside the 16-19 full-time provision, SGS also provide flexible 14-16 options, offering an alternative learning opportunity for both home educated and those not succeeding in a mainstream school environment. SGS works closely with local communities and schools to provide the first step towards gaining the confidence and qualifications required to progress in education and industry.

With outstanding provision, SGS provides a challenging yet supportive environment that enables their learners to thrive, innovate and adapt to the ever-changing economy. Its Special Educational Needs and Disabilities department annually nurtures 100s of young people, aged 16-25, into greater independence and employment.

Adding value
SGS has been recognised in the Government’s national school and college performance measures for adding value to learners’ achievements by helping them to progress further in their A levels than expected. This means that learners studying A levels at SGS made more progress from their GCSE grades than other learners studying similar subjects across South Gloucestershire and England.

Degrees on your doorstep
We have a strong focus on providing university programmes which support the West of England economy, such as art and design, business, computing, education, environment, media, performing arts, sport and public services. SGS placed in the top 10% of all universities and colleges for higher education student employability and further study in England last year. SGS’s university and degree level courses continued their success in this year’s National Student Survey (NSS) achieving 94% overall student satisfaction rate, which is significantly higher than the UK sector average, as well as outperforming in eight categories. This cemented the college’s position in second place for overall higher education student satisfaction in the South West of England.

Growing the workforce in the West of England
SGS College supports over 600 employers across the West of England with apprenticeship programmes. This continued growth is a result of the innovative approach and comprehensive support service offered to employers, including a very thorough and extensive recruitment service. Much of the growth is also attributable to the long-term partnerships with key employers, both large and small. These include multi-national businesses, public sector organisations and equally important local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

As well as supporting employers, SGS help employees who wish to enhance their careers, or decide to take a new direction entirely, by providing part-time professional courses in a variety of subjects and levels to suit the individual. The institution also supports the local community with basic skills programmes and leisure courses for those wishing to try something different.

Bridging the digital divide
Innovation is at the forefront of SGS. The College was recently awarded the title of ‘Microsoft Showcase College’ for its unique use of technology integrated into teaching, learning and assessments for all our students. This prestigious title demonstrates the creative and inclusive experiences that inspire lifelong learning and stimulating development of essential life skills, so students are empowered to achieve more.

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