Farnborough College of Technology has students drawn largely from across North Hampshire and West Surrey, although it also welcomes overseas students. It provides vocational and technical education and training across a broad spectrum of needs – from basic skills programmes and GCSEs to degree and MBA courses.
As well as the main campus base in Farnborough, the Aldershot College which opened in September 2005, provides top-class facilities for construction crafts students, and a drop-in centre for Information Technology. There is also a community Learning Centre for IT in Fleet, and the College offers part-time professional, business and leisure courses at a number of school sites in the local vicinity.
Farnborough College of Technology offers exceptional teaching and learning facilities, providing first class courses with a strong vocational orientation. With two modern style campuses, a warm and friendly atmosphere, and a wide variety of flexible courses for people of all ages, it is easy to understand why it has established such an excellent reputation.
In November 2011, the College was judged to be ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted across all of its work:
• Effectiveness of provision - Outstanding
• Capacity to improve - Outstanding
• Achievement and standards - Outstanding
• Quality of provision - Outstanding
• Leadership and management - Outstanding
Accredited by the University of Surrey, the College offers a wide range of further and higher education programmes. Students can study full and part-time courses including A levels, awards, certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships, access to higher education diplomas, foundation degrees, honours degrees and some postgraduate options. Additionally the College offers a broad portfolio of professional and management courses.
The College has a dedicated Business Services Team who has worked with over 6,000 employers. The team successfully achieved the prestigious Training Excellence accreditation and can offer a variety of services to the business community. These range from free advice on how apprenticeships and NVQs can help to develop staff, facilitating the placement and monitoring of apprentices, to delivering short courses and highly specialised bespoke courses.
Students have access to a vast range of facilities to support them at all stages of their studies, including a state-of-the-art Learning Resource Centre, offering books, journals, audio-visual materials, and electronic information services. Study facilities include quiet research areas, Wi-Fi hotspots, audio visual area and open access computers. Media and Creative Arts students benefit from TV, radio, music, photography and dance studios and a 300 seat capacitytheatre, whilst Sports and Exercise students have unlimited access to our state-of-the-art Beyond Fitness Gym.
Based within the town that is home to British aviation, it is hardly surprising that we boast an exceptional Aerospace and Aeronautical Academy. Combined with the opportunities for highly relevant work placements with our industry partners, students at the College are equipped with the skills and experience to compete for roles inspecialised areas of industry.