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Nine Reasons to Choose City College after one incredibly challenging year

It’s been a year like no other. Some have lost their jobs, others are having to rethink their careers as some sectors still feel the impact of the pandemic. As the UK continues with the roadmap out of lockdown, City College Plymouth is here to tell you how an adult education course could be the solution to getting your career on track or finding something to feel passionate about again. 


Below are our nine top reasons for choosing to study at City College Plymouth (but we could have come up with hundreds!).

  • Variety. The College offers courses in over 30 subject areas, from hair and beauty and art, to engineering and construction, and these courses span a variety of levels, from entry-level right up to a full honours degree.

  • Flexible study. We want everyone to achieve their goals, but we realise it isn’t easy for some. Our flexible study options make it possible to fit College around your home or work commitments. Some of our newest courses are taught entirely online so you can learn at a time that suits you. 

  • Experienced lecturers. Our lecturers have lived the subjects they teach, with many of them still working in industry or maintaining excellent links with employers in Plymouth and beyond. 

  • English and maths. We help hundreds gain essential qualifications in English and maths every year, and our innovative teaching methods will change how you feel about these subjects.

  • Apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are open to all - even adults, and they can make the challenge of changing careers or retraining while paying the bills easier. 


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  • Funding. Many of our courses are free depending on your circumstances, but it doesn’t stop there. There are bursaries and loans that can help you through College. If there is help available, our Student Funding team will find it. Advanced Learner Loans take away the headache of paying for fees upfront, and in some instances, you might not even have to repay this. 

  • Facilities. We have facilities for both supporting your learning, but also for your enjoyment. We have a gym, hair and beauty salons and restaurants. If you study a degree-level course with us, you can also access some of the facilities at your awarding university (either the University of Plymouth or Plymouth Marjon University).

  • Fantastic teaching. Ofsted rated us as good with outstanding features, and many of these outstanding features are in relation to teaching. If you do a university-level course with us, you will study at the city’s only Gold-rated institution*. Our fees are also cheaper, which might be why our students are some of the happiest in the city.

  • A place for all. City College is for all - whatever your age or background. Our students love learning in a caring, safe and compassionate environment where all are welcome. 

Attend our drop-in event on Wednesday 21 July, 4.30pm - 6.30pm, when you can find out about full and part-time study options, university-level courses, Access to Higher Education, Apprenticeships and more. Visit for more information. 



*Rated Gold by the Teaching and Excellence Framework.