Somerset is set to get new university centres throughout the county as provisional approval has been granted by the government.
The multi-million pound centres will be at Somerset College, Strode, Yeovil, Bridgwater and Richard Huish Colleges.
The centres will offer e-learning to help part-time and mature students. The exact courses which will be offered has not been decided yet.
The courses will be accredited by the University of Plymouth and Bournemouth University.
The bid from Somerset is one of six out of 23 to be approved by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
David Taylor, acting chief executive of Somerset County Council, said: "This is excellent news for Somerset. The centres will give a tremendous boost to the county's economy, and local businesses and residents will benefit from their development."