Buckinghamshire is a thriving county with substantial growth in housing and a raft of new businesses being attracted to the area through designated enterprise zones. There is a range of excellent schools throughout the county.
Aylesbury is the county town of Buckinghamshire and home to over 65,000 people. With an attractive environment, it is surrounded by the beautiful countryside and historic villages and market towns of the Vale. At the same time Aylesbury offers vibrant shopping, leisure and community facilities and is presently undergoing a major transformation that will provide a thriving town centre for the future.
Aylesbury hosts regular events and attractions including continental markets, open-air concerts and street celebrations, as well as maintaining the traditions of a market town. Bars, restaurants and cafes offer a variety of dining options by day and night, with the town being a great place to enjoy a varied social life.
With over 8,000 companies in the region, Aylesbury is a great place for business to be engaged, develop and grow which is vital for students, entrepreneurs, business people and the community. Matching the ideals of Aylesbury and the Vale is important to the College whose goal is to ensure that each and every student experiences our commitment to provide the very best education. There are several important partners working with the College in Aylesbury, making the town and region one of the fastest growing economic and social centres in the UK today. By choosing and being part of Buckinghamshire College Group, you are also part of the wider exciting future right here in Aylesbury and the Vale.
Amersham is divided into two sections, Old Amersham and Amersham on the Hill or Amersham new town. The latter is a relatively modern development occasioned by the arrival of the Metropolitan Railway line in the 1890s. Old Amersham is a charming old town with restaurants, cafes, pubs and craft shops and a range of historic buildings lining the wide roadway. Of particular note are the rows of 17th and 18th-century buildings, and the imposing town hall in the centre of the High Street. Amersham’s new town High Street includes a good range of chain stores as well as the odd boutique and café bar. Amersham is linked to London by the Metropolitan line of London Underground and is the last station on the Metropolitan main line. Much of this line is shared with the mainline railway service, which runs from Marylebone to Aylesbury.
Amersham is situated in the Chilterns and is great for walkers or those who want to easily retreat to the countryside. The old town has a strong reputation with foodies and is home to several celebrity run restaurants. Amersham museum is in the Old Town and contains an impressive display of local artefacts. Its garden runs down to the River Misbourne and guided walks are available for visitors.
Situated in the thriving Thames Valley, Amersham is surrounded by a wide variety of employers ranging from Pinewood studios for those students with a creative bent to household name tech companies. The college is centrally located for top dance schools beyond college, and business opportunities for enterprising students. The college has strong links with many employers in the region to help ensure students get the best possible start.
High Wycombe is located northwest of London and is perhaps best known as the chair making capital of the country. Although that era is now long gone, a chair museum does still exist and the local football team are known as the “Chair boys”. High Wycombe town centre was redeveloped into a modern, car free shopping complex a few years ago and further work on integrating the town centre and improving the shopper experience by rerouting key roads is currently taking place. The town hosts Bucks New University, and the college campus is situation in the village of Flackwell Heath, close to the M40 and Wycombe town centre.
Two cinema complexes, ten pin bowling and a brand new leisure centre all feature within the town. The Rye, a large expanse of parkland with a boating lake and lido lie east of the centre, whilst to the west, the stately home of West Wycombe Park and its imposing grounds can be explored. Opposite this on a hill can be found West Wycombe Mausoleum and below this the man-made Hell-Fire Caves networks. Hughenden Manor on the outskirts of the town is the former residence of Benjamin Disraeli, the 19th-century prime minister.
High Wycombe is a major employer in the region boasting several business parks and is home to over 4000 companies ranging from E-commerce and IT to Healthcare. The biggest employer by far, however is the automotive industry with over 178 companies listed in Wycombe alone. Adapting to meet the needs of local employers is a key college objective and the brand new Auto Training Centre which is opening at the High Wycombe campus this year is one example of how the college is helping to train students helping to meet these demands.