UK Quality Mark for Bedford College

Thursday 14 April 2016

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality and standards of provision at Bedford College, following its review.

A team of QAA reviewers visited Bedford College in January 2016 and judged that its academic standards, the quality and enhancement of its student learning opportunities, and the quality of information about its learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.

The review identifies a number of examples of good practice. These include:

         • The strategic and market-led approach to the development of the provision to meet the needs of local employers and students

         • The wide range of opportunities to work with employers to enhance student learning.

The review made some recommendations for improvements, for example:

         • Provide students with timely and full information on their progress on individual units for all Higher National courses

         • Ensure that published information on Higher National courses is revised to reflect accurately details about work-related learning.

 Emma Lowe, Director of Quality, Performance and Standards at Bedford College, said:

“It is very rewarding to see it acknowledged that Bedford College is recognised by businesses and professionals for our work in ensuring students have a clear line of sight to jobs through our delivery of Higher Education.”

“Bedford College offers progression for 16-year-olds into Higher Education, and we are glad to have our work in this area highlighted and endorsed by experts in education.”

QAA's Higher Education Reviews are carried out by experts from other universities and colleges. Every review team includes a student reviewer, because QAA believes that students should be partners in the quality assurance of their education.

The team that reviewed Bedford College comprised Eric Macintyre (independent reviewer), Penny Renwick (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Scott Thomas (student reviewer, University of Newcastle upon Tyne).

 A successful review means that the College can display the QAA Quality Mark, indicating to UK and international students that the College meets national requirements for standards and quality.

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