University partners

university partners

One of the benefits of coming to City and Islington College is that we have fantastic links with universities.

University College London (UCL)

The Sixth Form College has a partnership with University College London – one of the top universities in the world. This means that there are lots of opportunities to visit UCL and work with their students and academics. Our Biology students work in the UCL laboratories as part of their course, and a dozen of our aspiring medical students get to attend undergraduate medical lectures and seminars in the autumn term.

Other work takes place on our own campuses including UCL professors giving lectures to our students, and UCL undergraduates working with our classes.

The Aspire Programme: Aspire is a new initiative organised in conjunction with University College London. 25 students took part last year and benefited from extra visits to UCL, mentoring by UCL students, and a 6-week twilight class split into humanities and science strands, each led by a UCL postgraduate. Aspire students received priority booking for UCL open days and masterclasses, as well as extra help preparing their university applications. Four Aspire students also took part in a week-long residential at the Villiers Park Study Centre outside Cambridge.

Last year, we also arranged for visits to a wide range of other universities, including Corpus Christi College Cambridge, Queen’s College Oxford, Lincoln, Sussex and Manchester.

Visit this link to find out more about the Sixth Form College

City University, London

We also have a partnership with City University, London one of London's leading universities for business and the professions. The partnership provides additional opportunities for students on our vocational courses at the Centre for Business, Arts and Technology, the Centre for Applied Sciences and Centre for Health, Social and Child Care. The programme includes master classes, visits and mentoring schemes, all aimed at increasing students' skills and achievements.

London Metropolitan University

We work in partnership with London Metropolitan University and City University London to provide foundation degrees in a range of subjects. Take a look at these degree courses here.

The University of Law

We have set up a new partnership UK’s leading law school, The University of Law (ULaw). The partnership is focused on providing a new apprenticeship framework. The Legal Services Apprenticeships will open up a vocational pathway for students who aspire to have a career in the legal services industry.

For more information about the Law Apprenticeships please see out apprenticeship section.


  • Students who pass an Access to HE course with tutor recommendation are guaranteed a place on the LLB (Hons) Law or BA (Hons) Business degrees.
  • 5 scholarships ring-fenced for City and Islington College students and one-year's tuition paid for one student. 
  • Lower course fees than many universities. At £6,000 per year, students can save as much as £9,000 on the full degree course.

Read the article in our news section about the launch of the new framework.

Take a look at our Law - Access to Higher Education Diploma and Business - Access to Higher Education Diploma.

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