Real Work Environments

Real Work EnvironmentsPreston’s College is an Enterprising College which means we place ‘real work’ skills development and learner employability at the forefront of our curriculum offer.  While the traditional classroom still has a role to play in teaching and learning, we have invested in a number of onsite commercial outlets so that our students learn by interacting with real customers in real work environments across a range of industry areas from hair & beauty through to construction.


ReVive is an accredited Wella Centre of Excellence salon built specifically with the needs of employers in mind.  As a Hair and Beauty student at Preston’s College, you will have the opportunity to train in our onsite commercial salon ReVive, which offers the same industry standard products and facilities you’d expect from any high street salon.

Elements Hair and Beauty Training Salon

The Elements Training Salon allows our Level 2 and 3 hair and beauty students to put their learning into practice by working with real paying clients using industry standard equipment.  Each customer who visits the salon is helping to put our trainees through their paces and get them ready for their future career in industry.

Digital and Creative Suite

Our Digital and Creative building is equipped with a fully functioning theatre, radio recording suites, and state-of-the-art studios built specifically for music, dance and performing arts. As the North West continues to grow as a media and creative hub, Preston’s College provides you with the opportunity to get ahead of the competition by developing your skills using industry standard equipment.


Mooch is an on site commercial enterprise that provides Business and Management students with the opportunity to develop skills in customer service, budgeting and money handling in a real work environment. Offering the latest fashion at campus prices, Mooch is a trendy and modern retail outlet which serves as a great resource for facilitating live project briefs in marketing, advertising and fashion retail.

Sports Centre

Our Sports Centre is mainly staffed by Preston’s College apprentices and offers a range of sporting facilities for hire including a sports hall, training hall, squash courts, cricket lanes, badminton courts and a FIFA approved 3G football pitch for 5, 7 and 11-a-side. We also have an onsite fitness suite which offers the latest cardio and weight resistance equipment as well as a wide range of fitness classes.

College Auto Repairs and Service

CARS is a college enterprise providing real-work experience for students from the Automotive department. As well as offering mechanical repairs CARS offers additional services such as body and paint repair, servicing, tyre fitting and fault finding.