University life

Achieve the qualifications you need for the career you want, in a friendly, supportive and inclusive environment, created in a dedicated university centre, all right in the heart of Southport.

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Industry links and experience

Dedicated HE facilities

Small class sizes

Competitive fees

Library and Study Centres

We have a fantatsic Library and Study Centre on campus, with a dedicated area for our university students. Staffed by friednly and helpful academic librarians, it is packed with books, journals and on line learning resources, as well as being the place to borrow a laptop or use a quiet study area.

Monday 8.30am-5.00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8.30am-6.00pm
Friday 8.30am-4.00pm
Holiday opening times vary

Our University Partners

UCLan has been at the forefront of developing new degrees in the emerging disciplines of journalism, fashion, forensics and sports science, subjects in which it is still market-leaders. As well as innovative modern degrees such as Continuing Drama Production and Liberal Arts, we believe in investment in traditional subjects such as architecture, engineering, pharmacy and forensic science. UCLan is the largest higher education provider of forensic science, policing and related subjects, in the world.

Whatever your aspirations, our learning and support can help you to get the most out of your time at UCLan. We have a student information centre to help with areas such as careers, counselling, financial or academic advice.

With over 25 years’ experience, UCLan offers Partner students all the benefits of a large university with all the advantages of our partners’ small community atmosphere. Being able to study locally is also likely to be a cheaper option for most people. As a Partner student, you will enjoy the support and resources that your institution can provide – as well as access to a wide range of UCLan facilities, which include online resources, sports centres, the library, students services and the Students’ Union. For further information on UCLan and the benefits available to you as a Partner Student, please see our website:

The University of Cumbria is fully committed to delivering exceptional and professional higher-level learning to meet the demands of an ever evolving workforce and emerging markets. They do this by expanding opportunities, deepening connections to industries, while equipping all students with the ability to thrive wherever in the world they choose to live. Campuses are located in Carlisle, Lancaster, Ambleside; the only UK university within a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, and London. Being based at these key historical locations throughout Cumbria and North Lancashire allows the university to understand, work with, and benefit from a large network of institutions and communities.

With a proud history offering arts, business, law, policing, science, conservation, sport, health, social care, rehab and teacher training programmes to people nationwide, the institution ranked 1st in the UK for the quality of its education according to the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020. It enriches people by providing a safe and supportive environment, as well as innovative academic opportunities, such as providing degree apprenticeships, CPD and foundation courses through further education partners, making the impossible possible for more students. Whoever you want to be, whatever you want to achieve, we’ve got you.

Support through University

As a student at Southport College University Centre you will have access to a range of support including careers advice and guidance as well as learning, financial and personal support if applicable.

Meet our students

Melanie Cornes, Foundation Diploma Art & Design Level 4
Melanie Cornes, Foundation Diploma Art & Design Level 4

I chose to go to Southport College University Centre as its 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.

Emma Shelton, Access to Social Science
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.

Term Dates

Spring Term 2023

Half Term
Thursday 9 - Friday 17 February (inclusive)

Summer Term 2023

Half Term
Monday 29 May - Friday 2 June (inclusive)

Autumn Term 2023

Half Term
Monday 16 October - Friday 27 October (inclusive)

Spring Term 2024

Half Term
Monday 12 - Friday 16 February (inclusive)

Summer Term 2024

Half Term
Monday 27 May - Friday 31 May (inclusive)

Get the most from your time with us

Student Voice

There are many ways to represent the Southport College University Centre such as joining the College council, becoming Student Governor, representing your classmates as Student Rep or promoting the University Centre at an open evening as part of the Student Events Team.

Industry Links

Many programmes have links with local businesses and industry professionals who share their experiences with students, to help prepare all for employment.

Fantastic Facilities

Southport College University Centre offers fantastic classroom spaces and study zones for Higher Education students including a well-stocked library other learning resources as well as he opportunity to self-loan a laptop or use a quiet study area.

In and around Southport

Don’t miss any of the events, entertainments, sport and outdoor activities happening in Southport.