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University Centre Newbury

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UCN Overview

University Centre Newbury (UCN) will bring higher education opportunities to West Berkshire. Funded by Newbury College with key investments from local business and other foundation partners, we’ll provide a solution for the community that sees an expansion of the current higher education provision enabling more opportunities for young talent to remain in the area and study university-level qualifications alongside their chosen career. 

Students enrolling with us will be able to build upon their professional development up to postgraduate qualifications, through partnerships with Bucks New University and the University of Reading without the need to relocate. We’ll also offer a huge array of flexible learning options to suit the needs of businesses and the community.

We’ll provide degrees and other higher-level qualifications in the key sectors of Business & Finance, Leadership & Management, Digital Technologies, Engineering, Graphic Design, Health & Social Care, Children’s Development & Learning and Construction.

We are supported by foundation partnerships with local businesses including Vodafone, RoC Technologies, Xtrac, Micro Focus and Sovereign Housing. Our partnerships aim to address the needs of local employers and ensure training is relevant and specific, not only for new employees, but also to increase the opportunities to upskill existing staff.


The University Centre Newbury offers Apprenticeship courses in the following subjects:

Business, Accountancy & Management

Professional Accounting / Taxation Technician Apprenticeship Standard – Level 4
Operations / Departmental Manager (CMI) Apprenticeship Standard – Level 5
Senior Leader Apprenticeship Standard – Level 7


Engineering Manufacturing Technician Higher Apprenticeship Standard – Level 4
Product Design and Development Engineer Degree Apprenticeship Standard – Level 6
Postgraduate Engineer Apprenticeship Standard– Level 7

Education & Training

Foundation Degree in Children’s Development and Learning Level 4 & 5