Study Up Somerset

Why study in Somerset?

Why study in Somerset?

Reasons to study in Somerset

  • Extensive range of courses, including Foundation, Honours and Master’s degrees, HNDs and more
  • Well equipped teaching rooms and specialist resources, including Mac Suite, Media Production suite, Art Studios, Engineering and Science laboratories
  • Friendly, supportive lecturers who are experts in their fields
  • Smaller class sizes, ensuring you can get the most from your learning and more contact time with your lecturers
  • Class times and dates designed to suit you
  •  Vocationally-focused courses, taking you a step closer to the career or job you want
  •  In partnership with top UK universities, giving you the chance to receive the best Higher Education locally
  •  High student success rates and graduates who enhance their future opportunities through their courses
  • 90% of graduates progress to relevant destinations within 6 months of completion
  • Flexible modes of study are available


  • It can be cheaper to live at home
  • Maintain friendships as well as making new ones
  • Support network close by
  • Save time and money on travelling
  • Continue to work in existing job
  • Doesn’t stop you getting involved in student life

thinking of moving to Somerset?

  • Somerset has a stable and successful economy 
  • Many economic indicators performing better than the regional and national averages
  • Areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the Quantocks, Blackdown and Mendip Hills and world-renowned ‘wetlands’
  • There is easy access by rail and road to the major centres such as Taunton, Yeovil, Exeter, Plymouth, Bristol, Swindon and London 

benefits of studying at a college..

There are many benefits to studying your course at a UK college, including:

  • Lower tuition fees
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Location – you can choose to stay close to home (reducing any living expenses)
  • Flexible study options, including part-time
  • Progression programmes through to full degree courses
  • More class contact hours and individual study support


Reports and resources identifying National and regional need for higher skills 

The bigger picture

Reports and resources identifying National and regional need for higher skills

Around one-quarter of the population of the South West do not have basic digital skills

More than 200,000 residents do not have a qualification higher than Level 2 of whom more than 50,000 do not have any qualifications at all.

The CBI (Confederation of British Industry) research identifies a strong correlation between GCSE performance and productivity at the local level going as far to conclude that, “education attainment is the single most important driver of productivity differences around the UK”.

Read the document

Skills and Productivity in the Heart of the South West

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Next Steps South West

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