Southport College is a leading provider of vocational courses for school leavers and adult learners, as well as offering expert Apprenticeship training and a wide range of Higher Education courses.


A full-time vocational course at Southport College can prepare you for employment in your chosen career, university or an Apprenticeship. You’ll be choosing a college with excellent results and fantastic progression to high quality destinations. We offer a wide range of vocational and technical courses with strong local employer links and you’ll be taught in industry standard facilities by our friendly and experienced tutors.

We’ll give you the opportunity to take part in varied and interesting work placements, exciting trips and visits and participate in sport and enrichment activities. Throughout all this we’ll support you in a safe and secure learning environment in an easily accessible town centre location.


Southport College offers a wide range of courses for adult learners whether you want to improve your skills, change your career, gain a professional qualification or learn something new. With courses available during the day or evening, our bright modern campus, in the heart of Southport, offers excellent facilities and experienced supportive tutors and is a really friendly place to learn.

We offer introductory courses in many subjects and if you are looking to re-train or become more qualified we offer a wide range of courses from Level 1 to Level 3 designed to qualify you in your chosen subject. Our Access to Higher Education courses give you the entry requirements to start a degree course.


Our University Centre gives you the chance to study for a Higher Level qualification right on your doorstep. We offer smaller class sizes meaning our students benefit from more contact time with their tutors and our fees are substantially lower than traditional universities.

Our tutors are industry practiced professionals bringing years of experience with them and live briefs and industry links with key local businesses give students the valuable chance to link theory to practice. Our prestigious awarding bodies include UCLan and the University of Cumbria, meaning you can achieve a full honours degree here in Southport.


Southport College is one of the learning providers of Apprenticeships in the area and we offer more than 30 Apprenticeship routes from Level 2 to Level 5 in a wide range of sectors. An Apprenticeship is a job with training and an alternative route into skilled employment. Apprenticeships are designed in partnership with employers to ensure employees gain the skills they need to do their job well.


Business Development is Southport College's dedicated business training arm. We specialise in providing Apprenticeship recruitment solutions along with bespoke and mandatory training courses. Apprenticeships are the tried and tested way for businesses to develop their employees and for individuals to gain qualifications and experience whilst earning a salary.

If you are an employer looking to take on your first trainee or to develop your existing workforce, whatever size your business is, we can help you with our wide range of Apprenticeships.

Why Choose Us?

Here a just a few reasons to choose Southport College

99% pass rate on Level 3 Extended Diplomas

Realistic work environments

Links with local businesses and industry professionals

Leading provider of Apprenticeship in the local area

College History

Southport College was previously known as Southport Technical College which opened in 1935. That institution brought together a number of technical courses which had been offered throughout Southport (then part of Lancashire) since 1887.

In 1938 the Southport School of Arts and Crafts was founded and two institutions were amalgamated in 1989 to form Southport College.

January 2018 saw the successful the merger of the two further education colleges in Southport; King George V College and Southport College, further strengthening the post 16 education offer within the town and surrounding areas.

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

At Southport College we are committed to valuing diversity and to promoting and implementing equality of opportunity in all of the activities and services that we provide to staff, students and visitors to the College. We aim to provide the conditions which encourage everyone to participate in learning and actively combat harassment and bullying. We value the diversity of all individuals who study or work with us and the contribution they make to the success of the College.

Equality & Diversity


Around the College

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Our results

The success of our students is really important to us here at Southport College and we are proud of their achievements. We take every opportunity to celebrate the results of their hard work.

College Governance

The College’s Governors are led by Chair of the Corporation Kathy Passant, Vice Chair Christine Bampton and Principal Michelle Brabner. They are supported by a number of independent governors, staff governors and a parent governor.

Our partnership

Southport College and King George V College officially merged on 31 January 2018.The merged College’s two sites retain their well-established existing identities but work together to share expertise and good practice offering a comprehensive range of courses for Southport and the surrounding areas.

More than just a college

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Clouds Restaurant

Clouds Restaurant

At Clouds Restaurant, the public can come and enjoy a fine dining experience in stylish surroundings with panoramic views of Southport’s skyline.

Concept Salons

Concept Salons

Concept Salons offer a range of beauty, hairdressing and barbering treatments to both male and female clients of all ages.

Library Learning Centres

Library Learning Centres

Southport College has four Library Learning Centres open to all students and staff. Each centre contains a wide range of resources relevant to your college work