Bournville College
1 Longbridge Lane

West Midlands
B31 2AJ

TypeFurther Education College
Department for Education URN130459 Tables
Governing bodyCorporation of South and City College Birmingham

Bournville College is a further education college based in Longbridge, Birmingham, England. The college offers courses that include A Levels, BTECs, NVQs, Apprenticeships and bespoke qualifications.


The college was established in 1913 by George Cadbury to cater for education for the local population that included the workforce of the nearby Cadbury chocolate and confectionery factory and was named Bournville College from 1949. In 1972, the college was relocated to Bristol Road (52°25′45″N 1°57′10″W / 52.42914°N 1.95266°W / 52.42914; -1.95266), into premises that had been part of Birmingham University. Further expansion took place during the 1960s, and in 2011 the college occupied its new purpose-built campus in Longbridge with a capacity for 15,000 students and 4.2 acres of grounds on the site of the former MG Rover automobile factory that closed in 2005.[1] In 2014 it was announced that the college were to open a training centre in India as part of plans to strengthen ties between Britain and India. As Bournville already have an office in Kolkata, they plan to open the £500,000 centre in the same city.[2]

In 2015 the College created controversy when it purchased Manchester United season tickets before cutting more than 100 jobs, held a £170,000 centenary event, a £35,000 staff party, and paid consultants £2.8m over three years.[3]

In August 2017, Bournville College merged with South and City College Birmingham. Even though two separate colleges merged to create one single college, Bournville College has still kept its original name. The college has a total of six campuses in; Digbeth, Longbridge, Bordesley Green, Handsworth, Small Heath and Hall Green.

Notable former pupils


  1. ^ "About our new campus". Bournville College. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Bournville College to set up centre in India". BBC. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Bournville College bought Manchester United tickets before job cuts". 10 November 2015. Archived from the original on 13 November 2015 – via
  4. ^ "Meet Preet Gill, UK's First Female Sikh MP Who Just Won From Edgbaston". HuffPost. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2018.

See also

Coordinates: 52°23′47″N 1°59′07″W / 52.3963°N 1.9854°W / 52.3963; -1.9854