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Further Education

Further education courses and study for students aged 16 to 18 usually take place in a sixth form or college. You can find a list of Colleges in Somerset here.

Higher Education

Higher education is third level education after you leave school. It takes place at universities and Further Education colleges, and normally includes undergraduate and postgraduate study.

  • Bath University was rated ‘Best Campus University in Britain’ and ‘Top University in the Southwest’ by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014.
  • Bath Spa University previously known as the Bath College of Higher Education and Bath Spa University College. It attained full University status in 2005, and specialises in the arts and humanities.
  • Bristol University a member of the Russell Group, which represents 24 leading UK universities, committed to maintaining the highest levels of research and outstanding teaching and learning experiences.
  • University of the West of England (UWE) is the largest provider of Higher Education in the Southwest of England, with over 3,000 staff and 25,000 students.

Other Universities in the Southwest include Exeter University, the Royal Agricultural University, Plymouth University, Bournemouth University, Falmouth University and the University of Gloucestershire

Last reviewed: August 2, 2023 by Keri

Next review due: February 2, 2024

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