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Farnborough College of Technology

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Type  Public
Principal  Virginia Barrett
Campus  Urban
Number of students  8,000
Colors  Navy Blue, Orange
Established  1957
Location  Farnborough, Hampshire
Phone  +44 1252 407040
Founded  1957
Farnborough College of Technology
Academic affiliation  Aldershot College University of Surrey
Address  Boundary Rd, Farnborough GU14 6SB, UK
Notable alumni  Steven Lewington, Peter Hull, Joel Freeland, Paul Robinson
Similar  Basingstoke College of Technology, Guildford College, University of Surrey, Sparsholt College, Bracknell and Wokingh

Farnborough college of technology

Farnborough College of Technology is a college located in the town of Farnborough, Hampshire in the South East of England. Although primarily a further education college, Farnborough College of Technology also offers a range of higher education courses, accredited by the University of Surrey. The college is often referred to as 'Farnborough Tech' to differentiate it from The Sixth Form College Farnborough.


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The roots of the college date back to 1913 when the War Office authorised classes to be held at the Royal Aircraft Factory, based at Farnborough Airfield. In 1944 this became an independent technical school. In 1957, a separate college known as Farnborough Tech was established on an adjacent area of land. In 1960, the RAE Technical School merged with Farnborough Tech to form Farnborough College of Technology.

In 1967, engineering students from the college staged an elaborate hoax by placing six model flying saucers across southern England as a rag week stunt. The emergency and military services took them seriously for some hours. The hoax was only made public by The National Archives in 2011.


The main campus at Boundary Road, Farnborough provides vocational training and education. Specialist training facilities include Concept hair and beauty salon, The Gallery Restaurant, Body and Soul gym, a 300-seat Theatre, a multi-camera television studio and two radio studios. The lattermost are used for 26 days in March each year to broadcast Echo 87.7, the college's commercial radio station which operates under an Restricted Service Licence. A second campus, Aldershot College on Holder Road in Aldershot, opened in September 2005. It also provides vocational training, including trade skills such as carpentry and plumbing.


The academic activities of the college are divided into the following six schools:

  • Applied & Health Sciences
  • Community Education & Training
  • Construction
  • Education & Humanities
  • Engineering
  • Hampshire Business School
  • Media & Creative Arts
  • Notable alumni

    Former students of the college include musician Mike Rutherford of the bands Genesis and Mike + The Mechanics, as well as Diane Youdale and Mark Griffin who appeared in the British television series Gladiators as Jet and Trojan respectively. DJ Annie Mac earned a Master's Degree in Radio at FCOT, before going on to have her own show on BBC Radio 1. In an interview, she referred to her year in Farnborough as "the biggest culture-shock [she'd] ever experienced in [her] life". Musician and author Alan Clayson studied at FCOT from 1968 to 1970.

    Three members of The Football Ramble, the largest independent podcast in the UK studied at the college. Luke Moore, Marcus Speller and Jim Campbell all met at FCOT and studied there between 2000 and 2003. Moore and Speller both featured on the college radio station, co-hosting the Saturday Sports Show.


    Farnborough College of Technology Wikipedia