Quality Assurance Agency (QAA):
The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) works to safeguard quality and standards in UK universities and colleges, so that students have the best possible learning experience. QAA conducts reviews of institutions and publishes reports detailing the findings. These reports highlight good practice and contain recommendations to help improve quality. As an ‘alternative provider’ within the higher education sector, the College is subject to QAA’s Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers) (HER (AP)) process which is designed for institutions which provide higher education in collaboration with an awarding body.
HER (AP) evaluates:
- threshold academic standards
- the quality of learning opportunities
- information about higher education
- the enhancement of students’ learning opportunities
Regent College Higher Education has undergone a review by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) in September 2016 and has received its final report, which is available in full here
Regent College Higher Education received a commendable outcome from the monitoring visit in 2017. The report is available here. It submitted an annual return in September 2018 that demonstrates that it is continuing to maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of student learning opportunities and information about learning opportunities.
The action plan resulting from the 2016 and 2017 visits are here
Pearson, is a well-known and well respected operator in the education sector. Its BTEC qualifications provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning and skills development alongside a key theoretical background in comparison with traditional academic qualifications. Regent College Higher Education is currently operating the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business with a number of specialised pathways.
The College is currently inspected by Pearson twice per year, once via Academic Management Review (AMR), and once via the Standards Verification (SV) process.
The Academic Management Review is centre based, and concentrates on eight criteria, or ‘Review Areas’ relating to how the centre manages its courses. This was formerly called the ‘Centre Quality Review’, but was changed in 2013 to AMR in order to bring its assessment of Levels 4-7 in line with QAA. There is a greater emphasis on overall course management and overall provision rather than individual programmes or pathways.
Our most recent Academic Management Review took place in March 2018. The report was very positive with no essential actions and just one recommendation concerning ensuring that ‘effective version control systems are in place to ensure the latest version of all documents is available to all.’ (BTEC AMR Review Report 2017-18).
The following two areas of Exemplary Practice were identified:
‘The majority of learners are studying on courses as well as meeting other work or family commitments. The centre offers a range of programme options to facilitate achievement within these constraints on learner time.’
‘The centre has provided a very detailed centre engagement document to support the Academic Management Review, this has made the process easier to complete.’
Standards Verification is an external monitoring process used by Pearson to monitor the quality of assessment within centres. In the case of our BTEC HND courses, the Standards Verifier/External Examiner looked at the assignment briefs (the assessment instruments) and checked to see whether they were fit for purpose. The Standards Verifier/External Examiner will look at a sample of marked work and check the assessment decisions.
Our Standards Verifier/External Examiner visit was held in June 2017. We had two inspectors spend the day on site considering our policies relating to assessment, talking to staff involved in the assessment process and students about their experiences. They then sampled a large number of student files to ensure Pearson’s assessment procedures were being adhered to fully and students being given the best possible experience.
Extracts from the report include:
“A dynamic teaching team is supported by a robust administration process. Detailed assessment board minutes. Formal and informal tutorials are a great strength at this college.”
“The records show a comprehensive management of the assessment process, review and improvement of methods and resources, as well as consideration of a wide range of influencing factors including staff performance.”
“There are numerous opportunities for learners to achieve merit and distinction grades through individual and group activities.”
“The college has very good quality assurance procedures ensuring the reliability of assessment and verification management. The IV process is robust, transparent and rigorously applied ensuring consistency across units and assessors.”
NSS (The National Student Survey 2019):
The NSS 2018 survey, published by the Office for Students, surveyed over 330,000 students in the UK about their university experience. Students were asked about a variety of factors, including the teaching on their courses, learning opportunities and resources, academic support and feedback, the university community, their students’ union and student representation, along with their overall satisfaction with the quality of their course.
Regent College Higher Education has achieved an overall satisfaction rate of 84%. Regent College exceeded the sector wide score in 7 (the teaching on my course, learning opportunities, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning community and student voice) of the 8 themes in 2019.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF):
Regent College Higher Education delivers teaching, learning and outcomes for its students that meet rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.
The Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, or TEF, awards, which are now in their fourth year, are decided by an independent panel of experts comprising students and academics. Drawing on national data, combined with evidence submitted by each university or college, the TEF measures excellence in three areas: teaching quality, the learning environment, and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.
In June 2019, Regent College Higher Education was awarded TEF Bronze status.
The Panel assessing the submission made by the College noted that, “Teaching on my course and academic support are exceptionally high and above the provider’s benchmark. Student satisfaction with assessment and feedback is high while continuation rates are above the provider’s benchmark.”
Regent College is a UKVI Tier 4 Sponsor which means it can sponsor international students who wish to enter the UK for educational reasons. Our Sponsor License Number is GXN1JH48X.
We have held the Tier 4 sponsorship for a number of years. This status recognises sponsors who show a good history of compliance with their sponsor duties and whose students meet the standards of compliance with the terms of their visa or permission to stay in the UK (known as ‘leave to remain’).
This means that we are approved by the UK government to accept international students (non UK and non-EU) onto our programmes of study and grant them a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies to facilitate the student’s visa application.
Further details can be found here ›
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