Learning in Somerset

Post 16 Education

Currently, young people are expected to stay in education or some recognised form of employment or training until the age of 18. On this page, you can find the various options that young people can take after their GCSE examinations.


Higher Education

University of Somerset Vision

Somerset is one of the only counties without a university. This means that our residents leave the county in search for higher education. Bridgwater and Taunton College and Somerset County Council, along with other stakeholders, share the ambition to establish a new University of Somerset.


  • It should be focused on improving access, participation and progression for Somerset’s community and on developing a skilled workforce.
  • It should be focused on higher technical and professional HE, targeting sectors in which there is strong regional demand.
  • It should help to enable business growth, engaging with Somerset businesses on their development needs.
  • It should be financially sustainable and deliver in the most cost effective way.
  • It should work closely with employers and with key stakeholders, becoming a major contributor to economic development in the South West.

For Somerset’s community, the new University of Somerset would offer HE provision that was accessible, flexible, local and – through its strong employer partnerships – focused on employability.

For Somerset’s businesses, it would work collaboratively with large employers, SMEs and key stakeholders, to develop innovative solutions to skills gaps, and support economic development priorities.