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YCUC - Partnerships


Yeovil College University Centre works with four institutions to ensure that you have local access to a wide range of high quality courses, excellent teaching and support services. Find out more about these partnerships below:

Yeovil College is part of Academic Partnerships, a partnership between the University of Plymouth and local colleges that brings degrees to local doorsteps.

The University is renowned for high quality, internationally-leading education, research and innovation. With a mission to Advance Knowledge and Transform Lives, Plymouth is a *top 50 research university with clusters of world class research across a wide range of disciplines including marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics and psychology. A twice winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education, the University continues to grow in stature and reputation.

It has a strong track record for teaching and learning excellence, and has one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university. With 21,000 students, and a further 17,000 studying for a Plymouth degree at partner institutions in the UK and around the world, and over 135,000 alumni pursuing their chosen careers globally, it has a growing global presence.

As a partner college student, you can access online University services, use the University library, electronic resources and learning support materials through its web-based student portal (including access to the Careers & Employability Service online careers information portal and jobs board). You are automatically a member of its Students’ Union (UPSU) and can access sports clubs, societies, the advice service, NUS Extra student discount card, volunteering opportunities, student representation and University sports facilities.

If you enrol on a course franchised by the University of the West of England (UWE), you also become a UWE student, enabling you to access their facilities.

The University of the West of England (Bristol) is passionate about providing Higher Education opportunities to the local community. The focus for this activity is the UWE Federation – a group of colleges of Further Education who are working with UWE to develop courses with a distinct vocational emphasis and strong links with local employers.

At Yeovil College University Centre, you can study a course validated by UWE which gives you an excellent opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills that will prepare you for your future career. You may also have the opportunity to progress to an Honours degree at UWE.

As a UWE student, you will have access to the University’s extensive resources and support services, including our multi-million pound sports centre, extensive library and one of the largest JobShops in the UK, providing a whole range of part-time employment. Students on some programmes may also be eligible to apply for our generous bursary scheme. In addition, you will become a member of the UWE Students’ Union and will be able to join and help to run a huge range of clubs and societies.

The University of the West of England (Bristol) is one of the largest and most popular universities in the UK, offering a wide range of courses to almost 30,000 full and part-time students. Whatever you want to get out of Higher Education, UWE, together with Yeovil College University Centre, aims to help you to achieve it.

If you enrol on a course franchised by the University of Gloucestershire, you also become a University of Gloucestershire student, enabling you to access agreed services and facilities.

The University of Gloucestershire is a thriving and diverse community of over 10,000 students, based over three campuses, two in Cheltenham and one in Gloucester, and is also expanding its student numbers within its partner colleges, including the University Centre Yeovil.

The University offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes from Economics to Illustration and Performing Arts to Teacher Training and short courses. The courses are designed to offer flexible learning options for all its students to assist them with finding their career path. All students are warmly welcomed with academic and personal support and a wealth of resources in high quality facilities across three campuses.

A third of students studying with the University of Gloucestershire are part-time students, working alongside existing work and/or family commitments and many are studying for professional qualifications such as CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development) or the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). Others may be studying qualifications such as FdA Early Years Care & Education, BA (Hons) English & History or BA (Hons) or Master’s degree Personal & Professional Development.

More than 5000 students choose to study at Yeovil College and the Yeovil College University Centre each year, completing a wide range of qualifications which will help them progress towards success in their chosen careers. From introductory courses to Master’s degrees, Yeovil College can offer something for everyone, providing the whole community with relevant and valuable personal development opportunities.

In terms of University courses, Yeovil College has offered Higher Education provision for close to 30 years. Over time this has grown extensively, establishing the University Centre in 2004 (formally known as the University Centre Yeovil).

Thanks to close working relationships with industry and employers across a wide range of professional sectors, students studying Higher Education programmes within Yeovil College University Centre not only have access to world-class courses, but the added benefit of good relationships with the industry their programme is centred upon. This is one of the reasons that more and more people choose to study for their Higher Education qualification at the University Centre – from across the region, nationally, and internationally.

Working with over 700 regional, national and international employers and the local community, Yeovil College constantly reviews its courses, regularly introducing new qualifications, including Apprenticeships, A Levels, vocational courses, degrees and professional training. As a result, at Yeovil College you can gain the skills and personal attributes you will need in your future career.

The College’s facilities are also centred around student success, and enhancing the student experience. In supporting Higher Education learners there is specific provision – such as the HE Study Centre, Higher Education Lounge – for studying, using computers, silent study, wifi access, in addition to spaces to chill out and relax. This is on top of other resources to support the HE student experience, such as the on-site gym, sports facilities, Students’ Union, hair & beauty salon, licenced bar & restaurant, cafes, and other eateries.

Specialist facilities for University Centre programmes include: 100 seat Lecture Theatre; vast Learning Resource Centre with e-library and e-journal facilities; 24-7 access to College IT facilities through a Remote Desktop (including access to Microsoft programmes); active Virtual Learning Environment – to provide one-stop information for all University Centre learners in addition to programme-level resource; computer hardware lab, including 3D printing and robotics; the Leonardo Creative Building – including dedicated start of the art Mac Suites for Graphic Design, Fine Art, Photography and Media Studios; and the Advanced Engineering Centre – complete with specialist testing and production equipment which reflects industry standards and new innovations.

And all of this is available to you 10 minutes walk from Yeovil Town Centre!