Opportunities in your local area

Study options in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and the surrounding regions

In this section we are exploring opportunities to study engineering in the local area.

You can find a reminder of your local higher education providers under section 4 of our previous online resource pack, Future Quest: Higher Education and University.

We’ve collated a table of useful webpages that you can visit to find out more about engineering study options in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and the wider area.


University of the West of England (UWE)


Click here to find out more about the engineering degree courses on offer at UWE. A brand new state-of-the-art engineering building is currently being built – take a look at the virtual tour of the plans for this exciting new building!


University of Bristol


The University of Bristol offers a variety of undergraduate engineering degrees, from Aerospace Engineering to Civil Engineering to Engineering Design, to name just a few. Find out more here.


University of Bath


The University of Bath’s Faculty of Engineering and Design has some great introductory videos that you can watch to find out more about what is involved in careers and study for different engineering disciplines. You can even watch virtual tours of the facilities available at the university!


City of Bristol College


You can find out more about the engineering courses on offer at City of Bristol College by clicking here. Many of these courses are further education courses, which means you can study them after finishing your GCSEs, however there are also some higher education courses that you can study when you are eighteen or older. The college website also provides lots of information about the different apprenticeships on offer.


South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS)


More information about the engineering courses and apprenticeships on offer at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College can be found on their website. There’s a small search icon on the top right hand side of the page that you can use to search for courses you are interested in.


Weston College


Weston College offers lots of different engineering courses that you can study after finishing your GCSEs – you can find out more information on their website.


University Centre Weston (UCW)


University Centre Weston offers a range of higher education engineering courses offered at various campuses around Weston-super-Mare. More information can be found on their website.


In the online higher education resource pack released earlier in the year we also wrote about the opportunity to study for a degree at Bath Spa University. Some of you may have noticed that we haven’t mentioned any engineering opportunities at Bath Spa University.

That’s because not all universities offer all courses. They often specialise in a group of courses – for example, Bath Spa is known for its creative courses, however it does not offer any engineering courses.


Spotlight site: Clifton Suspension Bridge

We work really closely with the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which is famous worldwide as an engineering and heritage site. Their team have created some short videos and written pieces for us so you can find out more about what they do at the bridge and the routes they took to get there! You’ll notice that not all employees at the Clifton Suspension Bridge are engineers – there are lots of different job roles available.

You will find the word ‘heritage’ used several times. Heritage is all the historical sites, cultural traditions, monuments, buildings, landscapes and artefacts we’ve inherited from the past and want to preserve for future generations. Heritage is everything that has been handed down from the past generations that we want to protect for future generations! It includes everything from historic sites, monuments and buildings to cultural traditions, practices and landscapes. You can find out more on The Heritage Council website.


More information on other jobs at the Clifton Suspension Bridge can be found below, including:


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