Students at an applicant day
The University works in partnership with a number of colleges and private organisations across the UK and overseas.
The partnerships work closely with employers to develop higher-level qualifications designed to increase student employment and career progression prospects. Courses approved by the University and delivered by our partner institutions mean that all students who successfully complete their programme of study are awarded a University of Plymouth qualification.
A range of vocational courses – from undergraduate and postgraduate honours degrees, foundation degrees and HNDs/HNCs to University short courses and CPD awards – are provided via this partnership with the University.

Our partners range from large further education institutions with a broad mix of students and courses, to smaller specialist institutions with unique facilities. Our partner institutions offer an experience uniquely different to what can be found on large university campuses, and you benefit from a supportive learning environment in a small, friendly community. Class sizes tend to be smaller, and studying in a more intimate and highly supportive academic community can give a good start to university-level studies.

Your course is of the same high quality and standard as all university courses, and your qualification is awarded by the University.

You’ll be able to take advantage of the facilities and services that your local college provides, and the additional support and resources available from the University. You’re given a University computing account enabling you to access a wealth of electronic resources and study guides and will automatically become a member of the University’s Students’ Union (UPSU).

Why choose to study with a partner institution?

A-Z of partner institutions

Find out about our partners and the courses available by following the links below.
Each partner institution hosts its own open day, and it is worthwhile visiting to find out more about the course, facilities and location. Please contact each partner directly for details of their open days.

UK and Channel Islands

BCNO Group, London
Cornwall College, St Austell
MWS - HMTU, HMS Drake
GSM London, London
Highlands College, Saviour, Jersey, Channel Islands
MLA College, Plymouth
Petroc, Barnstaple
Weymouth College, Weymouth