Welcome to our University Centre
From Access Courses and Art Foundation to PGCE and Cert Ed, we offer excellent facilities, lots of contact time with tutors & outstanding student support.
Applications for 2023 are open now.
Apply online today or call 01704 392704 for more information.
Why Choose Southport College University Centre?
Small classes with supportive tutors
Outstanding support tailored to you
In classes for just 2 days a week
Combine studying with work and family life
Browse our Subjects and Courses
Southport College University Centre offers you the choice to study Access to HE, Art Foundation, Cert Ed or PGCE, right in the heart of the town.
Access to HE
If you are aged 19 or above, hoping to study at University but don't have the qualifications you need, an Access Course is the ideal route.
Art Foundation Course
An Art Foundation Course is a Level 4 qualification that helps you to find your artistic specialism and prepares you for studying Art at University.
The Southport College University Centre buildings are recently refitted and provide our Higher Education Students with high quality, dedicated facilities, including a social learning space, kitchen and modern, bright, spacious classrooms.
Library Study Hub
The University Centre has its own dedicated Library Study Hub, that gives you access to all the books & digital learning resources you need. The staff are there to support and assist and students are also able to borrow a laptop or make use of the quiet study area.
Art and Design
Our Art Foundation students have access to state-of-the-art facilities including Mac computers, clothes printing presses, screen printing facilities, computer-controlled embroidery machines, 3D printers and modern, airy studio spaces.
We have a well-equipped Fitness Suite packed with gym equipment, cardio machines and free weights for Southport College students to use free of charge.
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 offer a range of beauty, hairdressing and barbering treatments to both male and female clients of all ages.
Your questions answered
We are often asked the following questions by prospective students...
How do I choose the right Higher Education course for me?
Our Student Guidance team can help you decide which course is your best choice; call us on 01704 392704 to speak to one of our friendly advisors. Alternatively why not attend one of our Open Evenings and talk to the different tutors. We are always happy to help.
How do I apply for a University Centre course?
You can apply for any of our University Centre courses directly through us. Just click Apply Now
Is there support for HE students?
Yes there is. As a student at Southport College University Centre you will have access to a range of support including careers advice and guidance; learning support, financial support and personal support if you need it. Visit our University Centre Support page to find out more, contact our Student Information Centre on 01704 392704 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I still work at the same time as studying?
Absolutely and many of our students do! A lot of our HE courses have compressed hours which they can be studied alongside work, family and other commitments. The days and hours you would be at the University Centre for your course is covered at your course discussion.
Can I get help with childcare?
There is a childcare grant available to help with childcare costs for students with dependent children. Apply online here.
Can I park at the University Centre?
The University Centre is part of Southport College and the College car parks are available for staff only parking until 4pm on weekdays. After 4pm students are able to use the Mornington Road and Church Street car parks. Visit Travelling to the University Centre to find more information about alternative nearby parking and public transport routes.
Lydia Haram – PGCE
I would really recommend the course at Southport College University Centre because it has such a warm and welcoming environment. You feel your self-confidence grow with knowledgeable lecturers supporting and guiding you throughout. The HE facilities are of such a high standard, the library and its staff are amazing, with such a wide variety of books, journals and resources, all of which has got me into my dream career.
Emma Shelton - Access to Social Science
I’d always planned to go back to education when my youngest child was secondary school age. The Access to Social Science course has given me the skills and confidence I needed to go to university. The teaching staff have been excellent, there’s a lovely atmosphere and I’ve had lots of support.
Melanie Cornes – Foundation Diploma Art & Design Level 4
I chose to go to Southport College University Centre as it is local and it had the course that I wanted to do. It was daunting at first, especially as a single parent, but I've had a lot of guidance, support and encouragement. The Art Foundation course gives you a chance to be creative in your own style and it’s been really fun. The course has given me the confidence to take the next step, a degree in Fine Art at LJMU.
Supporting you through your journey
As a student at Southport College University Centre you will have access to a wide range of support tailor made to suit your needs..
Keeping up to date
2023 Enrolment Days
Once you have your GCSE results, we are ready to welcome you to enrol onto your course at Southport College, a Centre of Technical Excellence.
#WELCOMEFEST at Southport College
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Apprentice Installs First Electric Car Charging Points at College
Dylan Taylor, one of our Electrotechnical Apprentices has been working on the installation of Southport College’s first ever electric vehicle charging points.
Spring Term 2023
Thursday 9 - Friday 17 February (inclusive)
Summer Term 2023
Monday 29 May - Friday 2 June (inclusive)
Autumn Term 2023
Monday 16 October - Friday 27 October (inclusive)
Spring Term 2024
Monday 12 - Friday 16 February (inclusive)
Summer Term 2024
Monday 27 May - Friday 31 May (inclusive)