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Higher Education

Take your career to a higher level

Why choose City College?

Take your career higher with our work focused courses at university level. These courses provide you with both excellent practical skills and academic knowledge that will help you to progress your career, enter employment at a higher level, or to go on to achieve a full degree. 

You will benefit from:

  • Small class sizes
  • High level of 1:1 support
  • Industry expert teachers
  • Qualifications valued highly by employers
  • Option to top-up to a full Degree
  • Efficient study - College attendance only 1 or 2 days a week
  • Lower costs than university
  • Modern campus with real-life working environments
  • Advanced industry-standard equipment

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial assistance to support you during your course at College, whether you are studying full or part-time.


“The HNC/HND is an excellent route to University and I was able to work while studying. The course is very diverse, hands-on and relevant. You don't just learn how to create art, but also how to exhibit your work and to make a living as an artist.”

- Charlotte, now studying MA Fine Art at University for the Creative Arts (Farnham)

Get set for university

Our Access to Higher Education courses are ideal if you need to develop your skills or portfolio for entry to your chosen university. 

Access to Higher Education

“The Access course has really helped me build my skills and confidence in preparation for starting University, something I didn't think I would ever be able to do. It was great to be able to complete this course alongside working.”

- Charlie, now studying BA (Hons) Social Work at Solent University

How to apply

Click on your chosen course above for further information and to apply online.  If your course isn't currently available to apply for then do register your interest so we can let you know when it is open for applications.

If you have any further queries regarding a course or making an application, please call us on 023 8048 4848 or email 

Quality, Access and Participation

Higher Education courses at City College Southampton meet the standards of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)

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Access and Participation Statement
City College Southampton is committed to widening participation in higher education amongst all under-represented groups. Our mission is to provide excellent career focused learning which prepares our students to succeed at work and in life.

View the Access and Participation Statement (pdf)

View Transparency Tables 2023 (pdf)

Student Protection Plan
City College Southampton is committed to ensuring that students achieve the best academic outcomes from their studies. Events may occasionally occur which mean that unforeseen changes have to be made to units, modules and courses.

View Student Protection Plan (pdf)

Student Transfer Arrangements
Events may occasionally occur which mean that students wish to transfer courses either to City College Southampton or from the College to another provider. The attached document sets out the College’s arrangements to support students in doing this.

View Student Transfer Arrangements (pdf)