City of Liverpool College

The City of Liverpool College is one of three colleges of further education in Liverpool, Merseyside. It was established in 1992 by the amalgamation of all four further education colleges within Liverpool.

Not to be confused with Liverpool College.

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Community school in Liverpool, Merseyside, England
The City of Liverpool College
The Learning Exchange (Main Site)



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Type Community
Established April 1992
Department for Education URN 130487Tables
Ofsted Reports
Chairperson Tony Cobain
Principal Elaine Bowker
Gender Coeducational
Age 16+
Enrolment 22,000

The College is located over several sites across the city centre. Community-based provision has been disestablished in response to reduction in funding provision by central government. ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses are likely to be the sole community-based provision.

The college left LEA control and was incorporated in 1993 and is overseen by the Corporation Board. The college’s first Principal was Wally Brown CBE. The board is made up of representatives from local businesses and communities. The college receives its funding from the government via the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

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There are four main college centres, all of which are within the City Centre area.

The Arts Centre is a provider of arts teaching and learning on Merseyside. Specialist arts and technical facilities, recording studios, dance and drama facilities are available – as well as photography, fashion and multimedia studios. More than 2,000 students study here.

Creative Apprenticeships are run at this centre along with courses in:

  • Art and Design
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Musical Theatre
  • Events Management
  • Fashion
  • Graphic Design
  • Interactive Design
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Theatre Technology
  • 3D Design
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Multimedia
  • Photography
  • ICT and Digital technologies

HE programmes in Creative and Digital Arts are also run at the Arts Centre.

Clarence Street centre was opened in 2001. The following courses are available:

  • English and Humanities
  • GCSEs
  • A-levels
  • Science
  • Access to Science/Health
  • Business Studies
  • Higher Education Courses
  • Teacher Education

Opened in 2003, Duke Street offers The following course types:

  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Bakery and Confectionery
  • Travel, Tourism and Leisure
  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
  • Holistic and Complementary Therapies
  • Makeup Artistry
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • Professional Development

Opened in 2003 at a cost of over £10 million, this centre specialises in construction and engineering.[1] The following course types are available:

  • Brickwork
  • Plastering
  • Joinery
  • Building services
  • Electrical and gas installation
  • Plumbing
  • Motor Vehicle Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Manufacturing

The £35m Learning Exchange on Roscoe Street is central to the College’s city centre campus and houses all its student support services, including finance, exams and careers advice and guidance.

The Learning Exchange is the location for courses in health care and child studies and Sport, Exercise & Fitness – including Uniformed Services. It is also home to HE programmes in computing and business with accounting.

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