Types of Higher Education Institutions in UK

Higher Education Institutions have to fulfill certain criteria in order to get the title 'university'. These institutions are assessed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) on behalf of the Privy Council. The QAA provides public information on the academic standards and quality of a University or College awards. The Privy Council is in charge of sanctioning the usage of the title 'university' and 'University College', under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.

Group of Universities

The universities in the UK are diverse in their aims and location. A bit of these universities have organized groups with mutual interests, which comprises the various regional university associations and the 'mission groups'. The mission groups comprises of the following:
  • Million is a university group of experts that resolve complex problems in higher education and ensures that policy reflects the potential of the UK’s world-class University system. It comprises of post-1992 Universities. 
  • The Russell Group is an association of 20 major research-intensive universities of the United Kingdom. 
  • The University Alliance introduced in 2007 with its member institutions hold an equitable portfolio of research, educational activity, enterprise and innovation.
Publicly-designated and autonomous institutions which provide higher education are: a university, institute, university college or college of higher education.

University

A university is an autonomous, self-governing body, authorized by a Royal Charter; an Act of Parliament or the Privy Council to prepare its own courses and award its own degrees.

List of Universities

  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Abertay Dundee
  • Aberystwyth University
  • Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
  • The Arts University Bournemouth
  • University of the Arts London
  • Camberwell College of Arts
  • Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
  • Chelsea College of Art and Design
  • London College of Communication
  • London College of Fashion
  • Wimbledon College of Art
  • Aston University, Birmingham
  • Bangor University
  • University of Bath
  • Bath Spa University
  • University of Bedfordshire, Luton and Bedford
  • University of Birmingham
  • Birmingham City University
  • Birmingham Conservatoire
  • University College Birmingham
  • Bishop Grosseteste University
  • University Centre at Blackburn College, Blackburn
  • University of Bolton
  • Bournemouth University
  • BPP University
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Brighton
  • Brighton and Sussex Medical School - students here are technically full members of both the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex
  • University of Bristol
  • Brunel University, Uxbridge and London
  • University of Buckingham
  • Buckinghamshire New University, High Wycombe
  • University of Cambridge
  • Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, Thanet, Tunbridge Wells and Chatham
  • Cardiff University
  • Cardiff International Academy of Voice
  • Cardiff University School of Medicine
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC)
  • University of Central Lancashire, Preston and Burnley
  • University of Chester, Chester and Warrington
  • University of Chichester
  • City University London
  • Cass Business School
  • City Law School
  • Coventry University
  • Cranfield University, Cranfield, Shrivenham and Silsoe
  • University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester
  • University of Cumbria, Carlisle (main campus), Penrith and Ambleside
  • De Montfort University, Leicester
  • University of Derby
  • University of Dundee
  • Durham University, Durham and Stockton-on-Tees (Queen's Campus)
  • University of East Anglia, Norwich
  • University of East London
  • University of East London School of Law
  • Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • University of Essex, Colchester and Southend-on-Sea
  • University of Exeter
  • Camborne School of Mines
  • Falmouth University
  • Dartington College of Arts
  • University of Glasgow
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, Gloucester and London
  • University of Greenwich
  • Glyndŵr University, Wrexham
  • Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire
  • Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and Galashiels
  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
  • University of the Highlands & Islands, Inverness (main campus), Elgin, Perth & across north and western Scotland
  • University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield & Barnsley
  • University of Hull, Hull and Scarborough
  • Hull York Medical School (HYMS)
  • Imperial College London
  • Imperial College at Wye
  • Royal School of Mines
  • Keele University, Staffordshire
  • University of Kent, Canterbury and Medway
  • Kingston University
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Law
  • University of Leeds
  • Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Leeds Trinity University, Horsforth, Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Lincoln, Lincoln, Hull, Riseholme and Holbeach
  • University of Liverpool
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • University of London
  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Heythrop College
  • Institute of Cancer Research
  • Institute of Education
  • King's College London
  • Institute of Psychiatry (IOP)
  • London Business School
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham
  • Royal Veterinary College
  • St George's, University of London
  • School of Advanced Study
  • Institute for the Study of the Americas
  • Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
  • Institute of Classical Studies
  • Institute of Commonwealth Studies
  • Institute of English Studies
  • Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies
  • Institute of Historical Research
  • Institute of Musical Research
  • Institute of Philosophy
  • Warburg Institute
  • School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
  • School of Pharmacy, University of London
  • University College London (UCL)
  • Eastman Dental Institute
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Institute of Child Health
  • Institute for Women's Health
  • Institute of Cardiovascular Science
  • Institute of Neurology
  • School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)
  • University Marine Biological Station, Millport (shared with the University of Glasgow)
  • London Metropolitan University
  • London South Bank University
  • Loughborough University
  • University of Manchester
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Middlesex University, London
  • Newcastle University
  • Newman University, Birmingham
  • University of Northampton
  • Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Norwich University of the Arts
  • University of Nottingham
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • The Open University, Milton Keynes (an open-access distance learning university)
  • The OU also offers courses on nursing in alliance with the Royal College of Nursing Institute
  • University of Oxford
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Portsmouth
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • St Mary's University College
  • Stranmillis University College
  • Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
  • University of Reading
  • The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
  • Roehampton University, London
  • Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester
  • Royal College of Art, London
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth
  • St Mary's University, Twickenham
  • University of Salford
  • University of Sheffield
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • University of Southampton
  • Southampton Solent University
  • University of South Wales, merger of University of Wales, Newport and University of Glamorgan
  • Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford and Lichfield
  • University of Stirling, Bridge of Allan
  • University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
  • University of Sunderland
  • University of Surrey, Guildford
  • University of Sussex, Falmer and Brighton
  • Swansea Metropolitan University
  • Swansea University
  • Teesside University, Middlesbrough and Darlington
  • University of Ulster, Coleraine, Jordanstown, Magee and Belfast
  • University of Wales, undergoing a merger with Trinity Saint David and Swansea Metropolitan
  • University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
  • University of Warwick, Coventry
  • University of West London, Ealing and Brentford
  • London College of Music
  • University of Westminster, London
  • University of the West of England, Bristol
  • University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Hamilton, Ayr & Dumfries
  • University of Winchester
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • University of Worcester
  • University of York
  • York St John University

University Colleges and Colleges of Higher Education (CHES)

University Colleges or Colleges of Higher Education are academic institutions that offer higher education courses. These institutions are normally part of a larger fully accredited university that validates the degrees that are offered.

University Colleges List

  • St Mary's University College, Belfast
  • Stranmillis University College
  • University College of Football Business, Burnley and Wembley

Colleges of Higher Education List

  • Academy of Contemporary Music
  • Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, London and Wigan
  • All Nations Christian College
  • Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education, a post-graduate institute in Dundee
  • Alpha Meridian College, Greenwich
  • Anglo-European College of Chiropractic
  • Architectural Association School of Architecture
  • Arts Educational Schools, London
  • Asante Academy of Chinese Medicine
  • Ashridge Business School
  • Bird College
  • Birmingham Christian College
  • Birmingham International College
  • Blackburne House Centre for Women
  • Blake Hall College
  • Brighton Institute of Modern Music
  • Bristol Baptist College
  • British College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • British Institute of Technology & E-commerce
  • British School of Osteopathy
  • City and Guilds of London Art School
  • College of Accountancy and Management Studies, Hayes, Hillingdon
  • College of Estate Management, Reading, Berkshire
  • College of the Resurrection, Mirfield
  • Conservatoire for Dance and Drama
  • Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol
  • Central School of Ballet in London
  • The Circus Space in London
  • London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • London Contemporary Dance School
  • Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Chapeltown, West Yorkshire
  • Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance
  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London
  • eCollege London
  • Edinburgh College of Art
  • EF Brittin College Manchester
  • English National Ballet School
  • EThames Graduate School
  • European School of Osteopathy
  • Futureworks Media School, Manchester
  • Glasgow School of Art
  • Grafton College of Management Sciences, London
  • Greenwich School of Management
  • Guildford School of Acting
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • Halifax Group of Colleges
  • Albert College, Leicester
  • Halifax College, London
  • Hamilton College, London
  • Hartpury College
  • Holborn College
  • Hult International Business School
  • Impact International College
  • Institute for System Level Integration
  • International College Scotland
  • Leeds College of Art
  • Leeds College of Business Management and Technology
  • Leeds College of Music
  • Leeds Professional College
  • Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
  • London Academy of Management Sciences
  • London College of Advanced Studies
  • London College of Business & Computing
  • London College of Management Studies
  • London Film School
  • London Institute of Shipping & Transport
  • London Reading College
  • London School of Accountancy & Management
  • London School of Business and Finance
  • London School of Business and Management
  • London School of Jewish Studies
  • London School of Theology
  • Manchester International College
  • Maritime Greenwich College
  • National Film and Television School
  • Newcastle Academy of Business & Technology
  • New London College
  • Oxford College of London
  • Oxford House College
  • Plymouth College of Art and Design
  • The Prince's Drawing School
  • The Prince's School of Traditional Arts
  • Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication
  • Rayat London College
  • Regal International College
  • Regent's College
  • European Business School London
  • Regent's American College London
  • Regent's Business School London
  • School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology
  • Webster Graduate School
  • Rose Bruford College
  • Royal College of Music
  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
  • Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • Ruskin College
  • SAE Institute
  • Scottish Agricultural College
  • Sotheby's Institute of Art
  • Taitec Manchester
  • Tech Music Schools
  • Bass Guitar-X
  • Drumtech
  • Guitar-X
  • Keyboardtech
  • Vocaltech
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • UHI Millennium Institute (Institiud OGE nam Mile Bliadhna) (proposed University of the Highlands and Islands)
  • Argyll College, Dunoon, Argyll
  • Highland Theological College, Dingwall
  • Inverness College, Inverness
  • Lews Castle College, Stornoway, Lewis
  • Lochaber College, Fort William
  • Moray College, Elgin
  • NAFC Marine Centre (North Atlantic Fisheries College), Scalloway, Shetland
  • North Highland College, Thurso
  • Orkney College, Kirkwall, Orkney
  • Perth College, Perth
  • Air Service Training, Perth Airport
  • Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Sleat on Skye, and Islay
  • Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban, Argyll
  • Shetland College, Lerwick, Shetland
  • Sustainable Development Research Centre, Forres, Moray
  • University Campus Suffolk
  • Wessex Institute of Technology
  • Western Governors Graduate School
  • The Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths, based at Wesley House, Cambridge
  • Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations
  • Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations
  • Writtle College

Further Education Colleges

Further education colleges- sixth form colleges and specialist colleges, offer a wide range of general and vocational education for school leavers and adults.

Specialist Higher Education Colleges

Specialist Higher Education Colleges are the other type of institution where you can study different courses, without attending an official university. These colleges specialise in a number of programs. Specialist Higher Education colleges include specialist agricultural colleges and creative and performing arts colleges. 

Further Education Colleges Offering Degree Courses

  • Access To Music
  • Belfast Metropolitan College
  • Bradford College
  • Brighton Institute of Modern Music
  • Bromley College of Further & Higher Education
  • Canterbury College
  • Central College Nottingham
  • Brentwood Open Learning College
  • Central Sussex College
  • Chaucer College
  • City College Brighton & Hove
  • Coleg Llandrillo Cymru
  • Cornwall College, Camborne, Newquay, St Austell and Saltash
  • Duchy College, Stoke Climsland and Rosewarne, Penzance
  • Falmouth Marine School
  • Croydon College
  • Farnborough College of Technology
  • Franciscan International Study Centre
  • Glasgow College of Nautical Studies
  • Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education
  • Oxford Home Learning
  • Guildford College
  • Hereford College of Arts
  • K College
  • Loughborough College
  • Northbrook College
  • Northern Regional College
  • Oxford & Cherwell Valley College
  • Plumpton College
  • Redcar & Cleveland College
  • Selby College
  • Southern Regional College
  • South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
  • South West College
  • Sussex Coast College
  • Sussex Downs College
  • Stockport College
  • Swansea College
  • Wakefield College
  • Westminster Kingsway College
  • Weston College
  • Ystrad Mynach College
  • South Chelsea College
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