About our higher education (HE) provision and University Centre

The right higher education course for your future

We’ve been developing great minds for more than 15 years, delivering higher education (HE) to full and part-time students each year.

Choosing one of our higher education courses can give you the qualifications you need, whilst saving you money, allowing you to fit your studies flexibly around your lifestyle and laying the best possible foundations for your future career.

We offer university-approved higher level and professional courses spanning a wide range of subjects.

Studying with our University Centre, you’ll enjoy a professional and supportive environment in which to learn from experienced and inspirational tutors.


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.

About our higher education facilities and University Centre

The University Centre operates across our college centres and is the base for the majority of our Higher Education (HE) courses.

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

Our College Green Centre offers a wide range of digital facilities for specialist Creative and Media HE courses and our Aeronautical Engineering Centre at Parkway offers top-of-the-range facilities for HE Aeronautical courses. We are also offering HNC Computer Networking at our South Bristol Skills Academy. 

University Centre at Ashley Down

You can also 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 the best place to go to meet other HE students around the College, and to access popular facilities like the study centre, refectory, and our hair and beauty salons.

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.

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