Higher Education: online guide to higher education courses

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Our higher education provision has been developing great minds for over 15 years. We deliver higher education (HE) to full and part-time students each year.

Higher education with City of Bristol College’s University Centre offers something different to studying at a big university. Our class sizes are smaller, enabling us to offer individual support tailored to your needs, and we are very experienced in supporting students who are balancing work and study, or who have family or care responsibilities.


Browse all higher education courses available at City of Bristol College’s University Centre

Degree top-up year courses

These level six degrees are attractive to employers and create the possibility of progression to a Master’s degree or a higher education equivalent.

Foundation degree courses

We joined forces with partner universities and employers to design our Foundation Degrees. Most can be studied full-time over two years and some are available part-time over three years.

Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) courses

These higher-level vocational qualifications are particularly popular within certain industries.

They can be studied over one or two years and mean you can combine work and study.

Once you’ve completed your HND or HNC, you could top-up to a Foundation or Honours Degree. HNCs usually earn a minimum of 120 credits and for HNDs it’s 240 credits.

Other higher-level courses

We offer a wide range of industry-specific, university-level courses. These include certificates, diplomas and foundation years.


We work in partnership with a number of local universities, including University of Plymouth, University of the West of England (UWE) and Bath Spa University.

We’ve also established excellent relationships with major regional employers including GKN, Rolls-Royce, Taylor Wimpey and South West Builders, as well as a wide range of smaller industry companies and public service employers.

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Our higher education courses are delivered at a number of sites across the city: South Bristol Skills Academy, Ashley Down Centre, College Green Centre and the Advanced Engineering Centre at Parkway.

We have specialist facilities. For example, our College Green Centre offers a wide range of digital facilities for specialist Creative and Media courses and our Advanced Engineering Centre at Parkway offers top-of-the-range facilities for engineering courses.

University Centre at Ashley Down

You can use the University Centre at Ashley Down to study and socialise. Resources include:

  • Designated classrooms
  • Student study spaces
  • Dedicated computer rooms
  • Drop-in computer room for personal study
  • Breakout area with large TV screen, vending machines and sofas
  • An area accessible only to HE students.

The University Centre is a great place to go to meet other higher education students. You will also have access to popular facilities like our study centres, refectories, and hair and beauty salons.

Financial and wellbeing support

We offer a wide range of support to our higher education students.

Find out more on our dedicated higher education support page.

Access and participation

At City of Bristol College’s University Centre, we aspire to increase the opportunity, aspirations and attainment of people from a diverse range of cultural and economic backgrounds.

Working with our partners from across the city, we will continuously develop good practice to provide a comprehensive programme of widening participation activity and support.

We believe that a socially and culturally diverse student body enriches the student experience for all.

Further information

How to apply for a university-level course

  • If you want to study a full-time course, you’ll need to apply through UCAS.
  • If you want to study part-time, you can enquire through the course webpage to start your application.

Find out more on our dedicated webpage: How to apply for higher education and university-level courses.


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