Farnborough College of Technology
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About Us

Transformational goal: 

Outstanding and expanding 21st century, entrepreneurial college with a reputation for being innovative, learner and employer centric. 

Our Mission:

A Community University that serves businesses and creates professional opportunities for all who can benefit. 

Our Vision:

100% of programmes help people gain skills and experience to be successful in life. 

Our values include being: 

  • Collaborative 
  • Openly transparent  
  • Respectful 
  • Inclusive  
  • Socially responsible  

And the culture we create is: 

  • People centric 
  • High performing 
  • Innovative 
  • Entrepreneurial  
  • Systematic  

Our overall purpose (mission, vision and values) has been influenced and guided by (1) the challenges and opportunities of the internal and external environments in which the College operates and (2) the College’s ambition for learners, staff, communities and businesses. Additionally, the College currently has a very strong high-performance ethos and as we pursue our Transformational Goal over the next 5 years the culture of the College will evolve on this foundation. Please read our Transformation Strategy for more information.     

You can read our Principal’s welcome from Virginia Barrett (Principal CEO) here.

We’re Ofsted Outstanding

We are proud to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in all areas:

  • Effectiveness of provision –  Outstanding
  • Capacity to improve – Outstanding
  • Achievement and standards –  Outstanding
  • Quality of provision – Outstanding
  • Leadership and management – Outstanding

Our courses:

At Farnborough College of Technology, we are known for our work-focused qualifications, dynamic training facilities, and industry-experienced teachers. We offer a range of courses for both School Leavers and Adults, which include:

  • A Levels
  • T Levels
  • Apprenticeships
  • BTECs
  • Degrees and Higher Education
  • Part-time and Professional Courses
  • Technical and Vocational Courses

Our campuses

Our two modern campuses feature many industry-standard facilities, which reflect the workplace environment to provide students with hands-on skills and experiences.

Farnborough College of Technology is based at our campus in Farnborough, Hampshire. It has a warm and friendly atmosphere and is where the majority of our courses are delivered. It is also home to our University Centre Farnborough higher education provision.

Our second campus is based in Aldershot, Hampshire, and is the location of our Aldershot Construction College. This is a purpose-built facility that delivers courses in construction trades. Find out more about our campuses here.

Front of Aldershot College

University Centre Farnborough

Based at Farnborough College of Technology, University Centre Farnborough offers a range of higher education courses and degrees awarded by the prestigious University of Surrey. This includes a number of accelerated degrees, which allow students to gain a full degree in just two-years.

Our University Centre Farnborough building is home to our bright and airy library, which contains spacious study areas and a variety of printed and digital learning resources. The building also contains a Costa Coffee shop. 

The University Centre has its own dedicated building, facilities and study spaces. Compared to traditional universities, University Centre Farnborough is known for the high level of support it can offer to students, thanks to its close-knit campus and classroom-based lectures.

T Levels

We were one of the first colleges selected to launch T Levels in September 2020. T Levels are two-year technical programmes designed with employers to give young people the skills that industry needs. They follow GCSEs and are equivalent to three A Levels. They are the most up-to date courses available and include a 45-day industry placement; giving access to more career-shaping experiences. You can find out more information regarding T levels here.


Our Apprenticeships are managed by our dedicated Business Services Team, who have worked with over 6,000 employers. The team can offer a variety of services to the business community, including advice on how apprenticeships can help to develop staff and assistance with the placement and monitoring of apprentices. Find more information regarding an apprenticeship here.

Dynamic Facilities

We are continually investing in our campuses to offer students a modern working environment, state-of-the-art technology and facilities that support their studies. For example, spaces such as our Emerging Technologies Centre features flexible teaching rooms, virtual reality testing areas, holographic technology, IT suites and more.

With Farnborough being the home to British aviation, our Aerospace and Automotive Academy is dedicated to the fields of engineering and motor vehicle maintenance. It contains a number of engineering workshops and facilities, as well as a spacious motor vehicle workshop.

Many of our subjects benefit from facilities that mirror the workplace, to provide students with hands-on skills and experiences. This includes our Hair and Beauty Academy salons, Gallery Restaurant, TV and Radio studios, photography studios, gym facilities, floristry workshop and more. Our salons, restaurant and floristry services are also open to members of the public.

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