Higher Education Provision

We have a wide range of higher education courses which benefit from being cheaper than traditional universities, smaller class sizes and in a location closer to home. In 2013 91.6% of our students studying for a BA or BSc (Hons) degree achieved a second class honours or above.

A strong tutorial system ensures that students receive support from their tutors and Programme Managers which students agree is prompt and very helpful.

QAA checks how UK universities and colleges maintain the standard of their higher education provision. From our latest Higher Education Review

Our students can have some great experiences whilst studying, below is Jake Hodge, who along with fellow classmate Sian Graham, is the youngest breakfast show host in Somerset!

Media Student Jake Hodge

Jake Hodge

What an amazing year! Since starting the course I have gained freelance work with the BBC, worked on feature and short film sets and worked alongside two well-known Hollywood actors! I have also been very fortunate to host a breakfast show. I have made some amazing contacts in the first year of my course and am excited to see what my second year will bring. This course has definitely helped.”

Jake Hodge is studying the Foundation Degree in Media Practice and on completion hopes to progress to the BA (Hons) top-up Degree at Bournemouth University.

Our former students are now in a range of locations, either continuing their studies, or in employment (as shown in the destinations chart). One graduate, Robin Jones, who achieved a first class honours in the BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing whilst working for the Met Office, shares his experiences.

Employers also value the standard our students work to. Below is a profile from Mark Blake, who has worked with and managed previous graduates.

Mark Blake

Mark Blake

The one thing I love about working in the countryside, is there is no such thing as an average day, every day is different! I believe the best way to find a job and get experience of the industry is by volunteering. The students I have worked with from Bridgwater College show a genuine commitment to local conservation projects which has provided then with valuable practical experience.”

Mark Blake, Somerset Wildlife Trust Brue Valley Reserves Manager.

The College has embedded employability into the curriculum and develops employability skills that enable students to compete in the employment market.

QAA checks how UK universities and colleges maintain the standard of their higher education provision. From our latest Higher Education Review