South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.
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Welcome to SGS WISE

SGS WISE (the West of England Institute of Specialist Education) was opened in 2005 as a brand new state-of-the-art vocational centre for sport and the arts. SGS WISE delivers outstanding teaching, training and learner services for students, along with outstanding sports and arts facilities that are unrivalled in the South West.

The campus is home to the Bristol Academy of Sport, Public Services, the South West Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the Bristol School of Art.

Student life at SGS WISE

SGS WISE is a dynamic and exciting place to be. The campus is located within easy reach of the city of Bristol, and close to SGS Filton, with its wide-ranging modern facilities.

As part of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, our students are represented by an active student council, so you can be sure your views will be listened to and acted upon.

Our learner services team are on hand to answer any questions you may have about your course, your future career, travel or money issues. The College chaplain visits once a week to provide support for all faith groups, and you can get help and advice on personal or health issues from our visiting nurse or college counsellor, or from our online counselling service.

Sports facilities

As home to the Bristol Academy of Sport, SGS WISE is the place to be in Bristol if you’re passionate about sport. Our sport students benefit from modern facilities that are unrivalled in the region. They include:

  • a sports hall for netball, basketball or table tennis
  • eight-lane Olympic size running track
  • five or seven-a-side football pitches
  • 30m x 32m fully sprung indoor sports hall, seating up to 500 people
  • 40m x 60m indoor 3G artificial football/rugby pitch
  • full-size floodlit outdoor 3G artificial football/rugby pitch
  • 12 five-a-side football pitches
  • eight-lane 400m athletics track
  • 40-station gymnasium, weights room and human performance lab
  • American football grid iron
  • Boxing Academy
  • fully licensed sports bar (over 18’s only)

Arts facilities

SGS WISE is home to SWADA, the South West Academy of Dramatic Arts. SWADA offers the atmosphere of a drama school combined with the educational opportunities of a college, where students can study a range of performing arts and music courses while performing in plays, musicals and concerts.

Our performing arts students have access to some of the region’s most impressive facilities, including:

  • Olympus Theatre, seating up to 250 people
  • The Loft studio theatre, seating up to 100 people
  • four rehearsal rooms
  • four dance studios
  • technical theatre workshop
  • three dressing rooms
  • costume and prop stores

Creative facilities

As part of Bristol School of Art, WISE campus offers a wide range of creative programmes, with the following facilities:

  • base studio for all the creative arts students according to their subject
  • specialist studio for fashion and textiles
  • specialist studio for printmaking
  • Apple Macintosh Suite for graphic design and 3D design
  • ceramics facility

Learning resource centre

Our state-of-the-art learning resource centre combines traditional library services with outstanding IT facilities, such as internet access, online journals and databases to help you learn.

It provides a quiet working environment for independent study, as well as group study space. Books covering all course subjects are available, as well as fiction, autobiographies, newspapers, magazines, journals, and DVDs.

For more information on the learning resource centre, including opening hours, call 0117 919 2648, email The LRC website has lots of information and resources you can access, including subject resources, book and journal database, latest news, and links to our Facebook page.

Open evenings

Throughout the year we hold advice and enrolment events to help you make the right choices about your education and future career. Our friendly, experienced staff can advise on part-time and full-time courses, and higher education.

These informal events give you the chance to meet the tutors, get information on courses and careers, and experience our state-of-the-art facilities and dynamic, exciting atmosphere for yourself.

Our learner services team will also be on hand to help with any queries about careers, how to apply, money or travel.

For more information about coming in and speaking with us please use the link below:

Ofsted report

We haven’t been inspected by Ofsted since Stroud College and Filton College merged in February 2012 to become South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

Until we’re inspected as SGS, you can use the link below to download Filton College’s latest Ofsted report, from February 2008, which includes WISE.

Highlights include being awarded ‘outstanding’ status for our sport, leisure, travel and tourism provision, and ‘good’ status for visual and performing arts, and media.

Downloadable Ofsted report from February 2008

Find out more

For more information on studying at SGS WISE, and the courses that are available to you, use the link below to download our full-time or part-time prospectuses.

Downloadable PDFs of interactive college brochures

How to find us

There are lots of ways you can travel to our WISE campus:


Travel by bus to SGS WISE is easy. You can view all bus services within the Bristol area using Bristol City Council’s bus timetables.Alternatively, you can call 0871 200 2233.

Car and motorbike

SGS WISE students have access to free, security-patrolled car parks, with parking available for students with disability. As parking is limited, we strongly encourage car sharing.


If you prefer to cycle to college, SGS WISE has a cycle parking area for students to use, with secure storage for bikes.


Both Bristol Parkway and Filton Abbey Wood railway stations are just a ten minute walk from SGS WISE, making train travel a convenient option.

A student railcard can make your journey more affordable, with savings of a third off ticket prices. For more information, or to apply, visit makes it easy for you to plan your journey online.

For more information on travel and transport to SGS Filton, visit, or Bristol City Council’s transport and streets website,

Opening hours

College opening times:

8.30am - 11pm, Monday to Friday
The Hub(Cafe) is open from 08.00am for breakfast club. Learners are allowed no further than reception until 08.30am.
8.30am - 8pm, Saturday and Sunday

The college is closed on bank holidays and over the Christmas period.



New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8LP

Switchboard: 0800 0567 253
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