University life

University Centre Southport aims to give all of our students an exceptional experience with higher level programmes designed to meet the needs of the local economy. This, coupled with our specialist facilities and dedicated University Centre provision, provides the best possible environment for success at a higher level.

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Industry links and experience

Dedicated HE facilities

Small class sizes

Competitive fees

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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.

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.

Matthew Hargreaves, BA Working with Children & Families
Matthew Hargreaves, BA Working with Children & Families

The teaching staff on the programme are very passionate about their subject and they too have been very warm and welcoming. My advice to anyone considering the course is to make sure that this is something you really want to do, as it is a full degree programme so is just as demanding as going to a larger university but the group sessions with smaller class sizes really allow you to have confidence in your abilities, through regular feedback from peers and teaching staff.

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.

Joan Shannon, BA Health and Social Care
Joan Shannon, BA Health and Social Care

The staff have been an absolute inspiration. Juggling degree level study with full-time work and home commitments is not easy but those moments where I felt like giving up were quickly overcome as the tutors were always available to provide advice, empathy and support.

Favour Ogwuche, Foundation Degree Computing & IT
Favour Ogwuche, Foundation Degree Computing & IT

I moved to Southport from Scotland to begin the Foundation Degree in Computing and IT. This was a big change but a great move for me, as I have found all of the staff at the college to be absolutely wonderful. They are all highly skilled in their subject area and present the course information in a wonderful manner. My personal experience has taught me that the staff are always willing to help with any issue and I have had such a wonderful time so far.

Callum Turner, HND Games Design
Callum Turner, HND Games Design

If you are serious about entering the industry and ready to put in the work required to succeed, I would highly recommend the HND Games Design programme, as it provides all of the skills you need and offers the chance to work on a wide range of technologies. The course is also ideally suited to anyone who needs to or wishes to work part-time whilst studying, as the condensed timetable and focus on independent learning means that I am only in college two days a week.

Library and Study Centres

LSC1 is the library facility used by University Centre students and as well as having books and other learning resources, students are also able to borrow a laptop or use a quiet study area.

Monday 8.30am-5.00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8.30am-8.00pm
Friday 8.30am-4.00pm
Holiday opening times vary

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.

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.

Term Dates

Autumn Term 2021

Half Term Week
Monday 25 - Friday 29 October (inclusive)

Spring Term 2022

Half Term Week
Monday 14 - Friday 18 February (inclusive)

Summer Term 2022

Half Term Week
Monday 30 May - Friday 3 June (inclusive)