Campuses and facilities
At Weston College, our vision is to enable students to fulfil their potential through excellent teaching plus strong support and guidance, all within a state-of-the-art learning environment.
The College has three main campuses; the modern Loxton Campus, our extensively-refurbished, town-centre, Knightstone Campus, and the continually developing South West Skills Campus.
Each site provides students with modern, state-of-the-art, facilities designed to enhance their learning experience and enable them to succeed.
Weston College, Knightstone Campus, Knightstone Road, Weston Super Mare, BS23 2AL
Set in the town centre, close to the seafront, this impressive eight-floor landmark building has undergone extensive refurbishments to provide high-quality facilities for students.
This campus features a light, bright, open reception area, an award-winning, multi-resourced LibraryPlus facility, commercial-standard hair and beautysalons, industry-standard gymnasium, a professional training kitchen and Grove restaurant, plus a dedicated, architecturally-designed, University Centre. The campus is home to a Costa Coffee shop and Bistro, too.
Among the latest developments at this campus is the creation of a dedicated learning area for people with profound and multiple learning difficulties, with classrooms, a dining area and sensory room. Nearby is a new workshop facility for students with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities.
Immediately next to the Knightstone Campus is the Weston College Conference Centre.
Weston College, Loxton Campus, Loxton Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 4QU
The multi-million pound Loxton Campus opened in September 2007, and in summer 2014 was extended, with an additional six modern classrooms and a new photographic studio being added.
This campus is home to the stand-alone The Sixth Form, Creative Arts, and also houses most of our degree-level education, which we deliver in partnership with Bath Spa University and the University of the West of England.
The central building includes the Bath Spa Gallery, a LibraryPlus resource, bistro, shop and social area. The campus also has its own sports pitch.
South West Skills Campus
Weston College, South West Skills Campus, Locking Road, Weston-Super-Mare, BS22 8NL
This multi-use site has undergone a massive, multi-million pound redevelopment in recent years. This campus now includes:
Construction and Engineering Centre of Excellence
This is where we deliver training in a growing range of practical construction skills including bricklaying, carpentry, electrical installation, multi-craft, property maintenance, painting and decorating, plastering and plumbing, as well as renewable energy courses. All the training takes place in our bespoke, well-equipped workshops. READ MORE...
Automotive Technology Centre
This facility features large workshops, computer suites with vehicle diagnostics, and hi-tech classrooms, together with an area specially dedicated to training motor racing technicians. READ MORE...
This community sustainability centre which demonstrates practical examples of green technology to provide students with an understanding of how environmental and renewable technology can transform the construction and retro-fit industries. READ MORE...
Engineering in the all new Future Technology Centre
Brand new state-of-the-art Future Technology is now open with the first students and engineering apprentices working within the three large workshops and engineering labs. Pathways in aerospace, manufacturing, composites technology, electronics and maintenance can be followed. Fantastic facilities including: extensive engineering workshops, composite technology, CAD/CAM suites and 3D prototyping and hydraulics, pneumatics and PLC labs.
Weston Bay is the College's pioneering autism spectrum residential facility.
Based in a former hotel on Clevedon Road, Weston-super-Mare, Weston Bay was the first facility of its kind in the UK to be run by a Further Education college when it opened in 2012. It provides independent living training to young people on the autism spectrum in the Bristol and Somerset area, and has gained national and international attention for its pioneering provision.
Weston Bay is conveniently situated on the sea-front, between the College’s Knightstone and Loxton Campuses. It has eight bedrooms and four flats, allowing residents to get used to living away from home by managing household tasks like cooking, washing, ironing and cleaning in addition to developing their social skills. Weston Bay also provides support with independent living, employability, accessing the community, study skills and mobility training in an environment where social skills are embedded throughout. Length of stay ranges from one night to three months, depending on individual requirements.
What makes Weston Bay unique?
Weston Bay was created to support students on the autism spectrum to improve their social and independent living skills and equip them with the experiences and knowledge that will help them transition in to independent living, employment or higher education.
Tutors and students work together to plan an individual programme which may include sessions to help improve the student's social and studying skills, and their independent living skills. They will be supported to access the community and given the opportunity to use assistive technology to aid these areas of development. Students will also be encouraged and supported to undertake work experience and job coaching to give them the confidence to move into employment.
Weston Bay is staffed by trained professionals at all times and is open all year, with the exception of two weeks over the Christmas period.
Who can stay at Weston Bay?
Weston Bay provides bespoke individual support to learners on the autism spectrum between the ages of 16 and 25. Learners aged over 18 have the opportunity to make use of the residential setting which consists of four self-contained flats for students wishing to stay for longer periods of time, and a further 10 bedsits for shorter stays. The length of time a student stays is determined on an individual basis. Students aged under 18 will be able to participate in the day time training activities.
Weston College Academy
Weston College Academy is a £12 million development where the majority of our sports provisions and sports academies are based. The campus is home to state-of-the-art sporting facilities including a large indoor sports hall and a range of brand-new indoor gym equipment. Whether you are learning about personal training, or taking advantage of the all-weather, multi-use outdoor sports areas, the facility has been designed to provide the best learning environment possible.
Some of our A Level courses are also delivered in partnership with the North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (which is based at Weston College Academy), which means our students will have access to modern learning environments, spacious workshops and all the facilities you’d expect at one of our campuses (such as a bistro and LibraryPlus).
Weston College has a number of spaces available for your business to hire.
Ranging from small rooms suitable for eight people to larger spaces which can accommodate up to 900 delegates, we are able to offer flexible packages based off of your requirements.
To book any of our facilities, contact us on 01934 411 411.
The Weston College Group’s multimillion pound redevelopment of the Winter Gardens Pavilion on Weston seafront has created a new home for UCW, a Law and Professional Services Academy and a bright and spacious teaching and learning facility.
It features a library, new computer equipment, technology-enhanced ‘pods’ for group study, a café, classrooms, social spaces and so much more… We’ve maintained the traditional elements of the design which makes the Winter Gardens so iconic, but also enhanced the new parts of the building to create an events and educational facility that meets the needs of today’s student body and wider local community while also inspiring the learners of tomorrow.