The colleges are regarded as the Cinderellas of the university world but they are part of it, sharing the same funding mechanisms and quality control systems. They
offer degrees, often in specialist subjects; some have their own degree awarding powers at various levels; and most are designated as specialist institutions.
Most colleges are smaller than universities, which means students get a more intimate atmosphere. Drop-out rates tend to be lower than in the university sector and
employment rates are good.
Bath Spa University College | University of Birmingham, Westhill | Bell College | Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln | Bolton Institute | Arts Institute at Bournemouth
Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College (BCUC)
Canterbury Christ Church University College | Central School of Speech and Drama | Cheltenham and Gloucester | Chester College | University College Chichester | Cumbria College of Art and Design
Dartington College of Arts
Edge Hill College of Higher Education | Edinburgh College of Art
Falmouth College of Arts
Glasgow School of Art
Harper Adams University College
Kent Institute of Art and Design | King Alfred's College, Winchester
Leeds College of Music | Liverpool Hope
Newman College | University College Northampton | The North-East Wales Institute | Northern College of Education | The Northern School Of Contemporary Dance | Norwich School of Art and Design
Queen Margaret University College
Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication | Rose Bruford College, South- East London | Royal Academy of Music | Royal Agricultural College | Royal College of Art | Royal College of Music | Royal Northern College of Music | Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Southampton Institute | The College of St Mark and St John | St Martin's College, Cumbria | St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill | St Mary's University College | The University of St Martin, Lancaster | Stranmillis University College, Belfast | Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College | Swansea Institute of Higher Education
Trinity and All Saints College | Trinity College Carmarthen | Trinity College of Music
Welsh College of Music and Drama | Westminster College, Oxford | Wimbledon School of Art | University College Worcester | Writtle College
York St John College
Written by Lucy Hodges, who specialises in writing on higher education for The Independent.