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Dorset Talent

Nestled in the heart of Dorset are prestigious educational institutions, comprising three
esteemed Higher Education establishments and three highly regarded Further Education colleges. These academic hubs cater to a diverse array of disciplines, fostering expertise in:

  • AECC University College – specialising in health sciences
  • Arts University Bournemouth – igniting creativity in arts, design and innovation
  • Bournemouth University – offering expertise in media, visual effects, design, engineering, business, biomedical science, sport and law
  • Bournemouth and Poole College – providing training in engineering, marine studies, construction, digital technology, IT, accounting, catering and performing arts
  • Kingston Maurward College – offering courses in agriculture, animal welfare and science, business, construction, military studies, engineering, manufacturing and agri-tech
  • Weymouth College – shaping futures in motor vehicle studies, engineering, construction, health sciences and catering

With a student body of almost 23,000 pursuing degrees in Dorset, employers have access to a rich talent pool. Annually, 7,500 graduates emerge from Bournemouth University, Arts University Bournemouth, and AECC University College alone. Additionally, businesses can tap into the wider pool of graduates from neighbouring counties.

Further Education Colleges in the region provide a plethora of courses, ranging from full-
time to degree level, T-level, and A-level, along with apprenticeships and adult skills
training. These institutions maintain close ties with Dorset's businesses to ensure course offerings remain relevant to the evolving needs of the modern workplace and industry.

Education Institutions


Degree students


Annual graduates

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Dorset Skills Board

To find out more about the Dorset Skills Board and how it works with education providers and businesses to drive the skills agenda in Dorset please visit our Dorset Skills Board page