The Cannington Centre was known for many years as Cannington College, which was established in 1921 and had a long-standing reputation as one of the key providers in the land-based education sector.
In September 2004, Cannington College merged with the local tertiary education provider, Bridgwater College, a move which secured a substantial investment package to significantly improve the provision at each of the land-based centres in Cannington, Paignton and Yeovil.
Studying at the Cannington Centre
If you’re interested in working outdoors, with courses in; Animal Care, Agriculture, Arboriculture, Countryside, Equine Studies, Fish Management, Floristry, Game & Wildlife, Horticulture and Sports Turf, there really is something for everyone. Find out more about our Scholarships for Land-based students.
The countryside location of the Cannington Centre makes it an ideal choice for students interested in a land-based education. In recent years, over £10 million has been invested in improving the facilities and residential accommodation and the resources for land-based training are now considered to be among the most exceptional in the country, providing students with state-of-the-art surroundings for learning and practising their skills. These facilities include the Animal Management Centre, Equestrian Centre with indoor and outdoor arena, Activity Centre, 180 hectare Farm, the historical Walled Gardens and a nine hole 18 tee golf course.
Bridgwater College, in collaboration with Mole Valley Farmers, Synergy Farm Health and Thatchers, is offering sponsorship packages for students studying courses in Agriculture and Countryside Management. Students have the opportunity to apply for up to £500 per year to support their studies, for a programme lasting up to two years. The package will also entitle successful students to a work placement with their sponsor of 200 hours per year.
With students travelling from across the South West to study at the Cannington Centre many opt to live in the College’s on-site accommodation. The College was therefore delighted to announce it achieved an overall quality rating of Outstanding in all six areas of its latest Social Care inspection by Ofsted, which assessed residential and care provision for students under 18 living at the College’s Cannington Centre.
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What our students say
“I have always worked on the family farm but coming to College has given me a whole new experience of farming. Facilities such as the hi-tech milking parlour are fantastic! On top of that we get to visit many other farms in the area, and it’s really interesting to compare the different equipment, facilities and techniques that farmers are using.”
James Westcott, former pupil of Uffculme School in Devon, studied the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture and has now progressed on to the Foundation Degree in Agricultural Management.
Bridgwater College Cannington Centre
The Cannington Centre can be found just five miles north of Bridgwater, located just off the A39 between Bridgwater and Minehead. If you are approaching the centre from Bridgwater direction, follow the A39 to the first roundabout. Take the second exit, following the road into the village centre. The road bends sharply to the left, then take the right hand turn at the War Memorial onto Rodway Hill. The Cannington Centre will shortly be found on your left.
Car parks at the Cannington Centre can be extremely busy. Therefore we recommend that you park in the Animal Management Centre car park and walk to the Cannington Reception from here, if necessary.