Old Sticklepath Hill Barnstaple Devon EX31 2BQ UK +44 (0)1271 345291
  • Campus Barnstaple (administering Brannams, Holsworthy, Bude, The Hair Academy and Braunton Road) Tiverton (administering Tiverton Way and Exeter Music Academy)
  • Established 2009
  • Location Barnstaple and Tiverton, England, United Kingdom
  • Principal David Dodd
  • Type Public
  • Vice principal www.petroc.ac.uk
Petroc is a further education college in Devon, England, with a catchment area covering more than 1,500 square miles (3,900 km2). It serves up to 20,000 students each year—including distance and work-based learners all over the UK from entry level courses, through FE, higher education and beyond. The college employs more than 1,000 people. Its main campuses are in Barnstaple and Tiverton. The college also undertakes research and development projects, often working with European partners.
The organisation works with thousands of businesses, training apprentices, delivering short courses, facilitating Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and providing conference facilities. Many of its premises are open to the public; including restaurants, hair, beauty and complementary therapies salons and entertainment venues.
The main Barnstaple Campus (formerly North Devon College) is a large site, on top of Sticklepath Hill overlooking the town with a view across the estuary of the River Taw. A Levels, Foundation Degrees other academic courses, a wide variety of vocational studies (including Apprenticeships), recreational learning opportunities and supported learning activities are provided at the main campus and a number of other sites in Barnstaple (see below). Courses are available in all curriculum areas except land-based studies. Facilities at the Barnstaple Campus include a theatre, construction, motor vehicle and engineering workshops and a sports hall. The Acorns Nursery, Sanctuary Spa, and Tawstock Restaurant are training facilities that are open to the public.