Herefordshire College of Technology is a college of further education in Hereford, Herefordshire, England. Herefordshire College of Technology offers foundation programmes through to degrees courses. Herefordshire College of Technology (HCT) is a further education college with more than 60 years of experience practically preparing students for employment. In 2007, the college merged with specialist training college Holme Lacy. Higher Education programmes at HCT include Artist Blacksmithing, Animal Management and Engineering. Average course costs for Higher Education programmes are £6,000 per year. A high-density of pubs means a good choice of evening venues for students. Pub crawls from Bridge Street on the left bank of the River Wye to St Owen's Street the other side are commonplace. Bigger nights out can be had in nearby Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol. The college's two campuses, Hereford and Holme Lacy, are five miles apart and approximately 20 minutes from the border of Wales. There is no on site accommodation, but privately owned housing in the area costs between £55-£75 per week. A Learning Resources Centre, which spans two levels, includes working areas fully equipped with personal computers, more than 20,000 books, periodicals, daily papers and study rooms. The college has established a series of outdoor pursuit programmes and a sports academy that includes football teams that play in the British Colleges Sports league structure. The college lays claim to the largest blacksmithing and farrier training centre in the UK, and it also has an on-site nursery, a hair and beauty centre and Pound Farm, an organic farm with pedigree Hereford cattle and Lleyn sheep.