Our degree programmes are validated by some of the UK's most prestigious universities. We work closely with them on quality assurance, giving you the opportunity to achieve a well-respected qualification while benefiting from the first-rate facilities and teaching of University Centre Somerset.
University Centre Somerset has several Higher Education partnerships including University of Plymouth, The Open University, Oxford Brookes and UWE Bristol (University of the West of England), which validate our foundation and honours degrees. These partnerships exist to widen participation in higher education and deliver a high standard of education to the communities we serve.
Oxford Brookes University has over 150 years of history and has grown into one of the UK's top modern universities with a local, national and international reputation for teaching and research excellence. Recently rates as the UK’s number one for research in the THE Young University Rankings 2019, Oxford Brookes University enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence and innovation as well as strong links with business and industry.
The Open University is the largest university in the UK and one of the largest in Europe with over 168,000 students. The Univesity offers flexible part-time study, supported distance and open learning for undergraduate and postgraduate courses and qualifications. The Open University is the leading university for flexible, innovative teaching and world-leading research in the United Kingdom with alumni in 157 countries worldwide.
University of Plymouth’s vision is to be a broad-based, research-intensive university, open to all who can benefit from a University of Plymouth education. The University delivers excellent interdisciplinary research, experiential education and civic engagement. It was the first university to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark and recently ranked in the top 10 for the 2019 Times Higher Education Young University Rankings.
UWE Bristol is a large and popular university based in Bristol. With a diverse student body of over 30,000 students from over 160 countries, the University offers over 400 courses covering a wide range of subject areas. In partnership with UWE Bristol, we offer a UWE Bristol Foundation Year in Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics here at the University Centre Somerset. On completion, you may also have the chance to progress onto an honours degree at UWE Bristol.
As a UWE Bristol student studying with us, you will benefit not only from our links but also the University’s established links with industry, so you can be confident your course will prepare you for the real world. UWE Bristol was awarded TEF gold status in 2018, so you can be sure you’ll be getting the very best standard of teaching.