Did you know that there are more than 240 colleges in UK?

We’re saying colleges, not universities. They’re two different institutions in UK. In fact, the acronym UCAS (the online application platform in UK higher education) stands for University and Colleges Admissions Service to note that a university and a college are different.

One thing every prospective student in UK must be aware of prior to starting is to have a basic knowledge of how the education system in the UK is designed. Often students that lack this information find the system to be very confusing.

At the very beginning, you must know that, in contrast to the US higher education where universities are usually regarded as colleges, in UK the college and the university are not the same thing. This is because of the way the whole system is organized. So, if you aim to get a university degree, you must not enroll in a college which would lead to another degree-level, but a university. Here is a list of universities in UK.

Since the university and the college are at two different degree levels in the UK education system, they’re basically different in terms of length, program, curriculum and the degrees they award.

A college is part of the Further Education, while the university is part of the Higher Education level, the highest among the five main stages of education in UK.

Similar to a large number of universities, UK is also proud of having a lot of colleges. As long there are many of them, one may find it difficult to track and filter them out. Below we bring you the most comprehensive list of colleges in UK

  • Abbey College (Birmingham, Cambridge, London, Manchester)
  • Albion College – London
  • College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise
  • Anglo European College of Chiropractic
  • The Arts University College at Bournemouth
  • Askham Bryan College
  • Azad University – Oxford
  • Barking and Dagenham College
  • Barony College
  • Basingstoke College of Technology
  • Bell Educational Trust (Berkshire, Cambridge, Kent, London, Oxford)
  • Bell International English Language Centre
  • Bedford College
  • Bellerbys College (Brighton, Cambridge, Oxford, London)
  • Birmingham Metropolitan College
  • Bishop Burton College
  • Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln
  • Blackburn College
  • Blackpool and The Fylde College
  • Blackpool Sixth Form
  • Blake Hall College
  • BPP University College Of Professional Studies Limited – London
  • Bradford College
  • Bridgwater College
  • British Institute of Technology & E-commerce – London
  • Brighton and Sussex Medical School
  • Bristol Filton College
  • British College of Osteopathic Medicine – London
  • British School of Osteopathy – London
  • British Study Centres (Bournemouth, Brighton, London, Oxford)
  • Brooklands College
  • Brooksby Melton College
  • Calderdale College
  • Cambridge Education Group
  • Cambridge Ruskin International College (CRIC)
  • Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Castle College Nottingham
  • CATS College (Cambridge, Canterbury, London)
  • Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London
  • Coleg Sir Gar/Carmarthenshire College
  • College of Central London
  • Chichester College
  • City and Islington College – London
  • City of Bath College
  • City of Bristol College
  • City College Coventry
  • City College, Birmingham
  • City of London Business College
  • City of Sunderland College
  • City of Westminster College – London
  • Cleveland College of Art and Design
  • Cliff College
  • Colchester English Canter
  • Colchester Institute
  • College of North West London
  • College of West Anglia
  • Cornwall College
  • Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London)
  • Craven College
  • Croydon College
  • DLD College – London
  • David Game Group (Bath, London, Northampton, Oxford)
  • Dearne Valley College
  • Doncaster College
  • Duchy College
  • Dudley College of Technology
  • EF International Academy (Oxford, Devon)
  • EF University Preparation (Cambridge, London, Oxford, Torquay)
  • E Thames Graduate School
  • East London College
  • East Riding College – London
  • Easton College
  • East Surrey College
  • Edinburgh College of Art
  • English Time
  • European Business School – London
  • European School of Economics – London
  • European School of Osteopathy
  • Exeter College
  • Farnborough College of Technology
  • Foundation Campus
  • Glasgow School of Art
  • Gloucestershire College
  • Greenwich School of Management – London
  • Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
  • Guildford College of Further and Higher Education
  • Harrogate Language Academy
  • Harrogate Tutorial College
  • Harrow College
  • Harper Adams University College
  • Hartpury College
  • Havering College of Further and Higher Education
  • Hereford College of Arts
  • Highbury College
  • Hertfordshire International College of Business and Technology (HIBT)
  • Henley College
  • Heythrop College (University of London)
  • Holborn College – London
  • Hopwood Hall College
  • Hove College
  • Huddersfield New College
  • Hull College
  • Hull York Medical School
  • Hult International Business School – London
  • IFS School of Finance – London
  • ILS English Nottingham
  • International Study Centre (Dublin, Keele, Huddersfield, Lancaster , Leicester, Lincoln, Liverpool)
  • INTO University Partnership LTD (East Anglia, Exeter, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Belfast, London)
  • International College Portsmouth (ICP)
  • International College Wales Swansea (ICWS)
  • Istituto Marangoni
  • Islamic College for Advanced Studies
  • Islamic College
  • Kaplan International (Bath, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Oxford,
  • Salisbury, Torquay)
  • Kensington College of Business – London
  • Kingston College – London
  • Kirklees College
  • Lakes College – West Cumbria
  • Lancaster and Morecombe College
  • Leeds City College
  • Leeds Trinity University College
  • Leeds College of Art
  • Leeds College of Music
  • Leicester College
  • Limkokwing Academy of Creative Technology
  • Lincoln College
  • Liverpool Community College
  • Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
  • Coleg Llandrillo Cymru
  • London Academy of Dressmaking and Design
  • London Bridge Business Academy
  • London Business School
  • London Business and Management School
  • London Electronics College
  • London College of Engineering and Management
  • London College of International Business Studies
  • London College, UCK
  • London Electronics College
  • LCA Business School – London
  • London Hotel School
  • London International College
  • London International College of Business and Technology (LIBT)
  • London International Study Centre
  • London College of Management and IT
  • London School of Accounting and Management
  • London School of Beauty and Make-up
  • London School of Business and Finance
  • London School of Commerce
  • London School of Science and Technology
  • London School of Sound
  • London School of Theology
  • London School of Traditional Massage (LSTM)
  • London South Bank Foundation Campus
  • London Study Centre
  • London St. Andrew’s College
  • London Theological Seminary
  • London Tudor College
  • Loughborough College
  • Lydbury English Centre
  • Magna Carta College – Oxford
  • Manchester College
  • Manchester International College
  • Markfield Institute of Higher Education
  • Menai
  • Mid-Cheshire College
  • Moulton College
  • Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts – London
  • Myerscough College
  • Navitas University Programs (Anglia Ruskin, Brunel, Hertfordshire, Portsmouth, Swansea, Plymouth)
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • Neath Port Talbot College
  • Newcastle College
  • New College Durham
  • New College of Humanities – London
  • New College Nottingham
  • Newham College of Further Education – London
  • New College Stamford
  • Newman University College – Birmingham
  • Norwich City College of Further and Higher Education
  • Norwich University College Of The Arts
  • Northbrook College Sussex
  • NESCOT – Surrey
  • New College Telford
  • North East Worcestershire College
  • North Glasgow College
  • North Lindsey College
  • Northumberland College
  • North Warwickshire and Hinckley College
  • Oldham College
  • Overseas Nursing Training Organisation
  • Oxford and Cherwell Valley College
  • Oxford House College – London
  • Oxford House College – Stratford Upon Avon
  • Oxford International College of Beauty
  • Oxford Royale Academy
  • Oxford Tutorial College
  • Pembrokeshire College
  • Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Petroc
  • Pitman Training
  • Plymouth College of Art (formerly Plymouth College of Art and Design)
  • Plymouth Devon International College (PDIC)
  • Ravensbourne
  • Regents College London
  • Richmond, The American International University in London
  • Rose Bruford College
  • Rotherham College of Arts and Technology
  • Royal Agricultural College
  • Royal Academy of Dance
  • Royal Veterinary College (University of London)
  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru)
  • Ruskin College Oxford
  • Scottish Agricultural College
  • SAE Institute (Glasgow, London, Liverpool, Oxford)
  • Sandwell College
  • Sasoon Academy
  • Scarborough Sixth Form College
  • School of Pharmacy (University of London)
  • Sheffield College
  • Solihull College
  • Somerset College of Arts and Technology
  • South Devon College
  • Southport College
  • South Cheshire College
  • South Downs College
  • Southgate College – London
  • South Thames College
  • South Tyneside College
  • South Essex College of Further and Higher Education
  • South Nottingham College
  • St Giles International
  • St Mary’s University College, Twickenham
  • St Helens College
  • Sotheby’s Institute of Art
  • Sparsholt College Hampshire
  • Stafford House School of English
  • Stafford House Study Holidays (Bath, Cambridge, Canterbury, Cheltenham, Dundee, Edinburgh, London, Reading, Swansea, Wokingham, York)
  • Stephenson College Coalville
  • Stevens College Edinburgh
  • Stratford upon Avon College
  • Stockport College
  • Stourbridge College
  • Stranmillis University College
  • Stockport College
  • Stockton Sixth Form College
  • Swindon College
  • Tameside College
  • Tech Music College – London
  • Thanet College
  • Truro and Penwith College (Formerly Truro College)
  • Tyne Metropolitan College
  • University of the Arts London
  • University College Birmingham
  • University College London
  • University for the Creative Arts
  • Uxbridge College
  • University College Falmouth
  • UCP Marjon – University College Plymouth St Mark and St John
  • Wakefield College
  • Walsall College
  • Warrington Collegiate
  • Warwickshire College
  • Wave Training (UK Quality Care Solutions)
  • West Cheshire College
  • Westminster Kingsway College – London
  • West Thames College – London
  • West London College
  • Wigan and Leigh College
  • Wirral Metropolitan College
  • Wiltshire College
  • Worcester College of Technology
  • Writtle College
  • York College
  • Yorkshire Coast College of Further and Higher Education
  • 360 GSP College – London

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