The UK College of Business and Computing recently received a positive result from the latest Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Higher Education Review (HER). Across all the judgement categories, UKCBC reached UK expectations.
“The maintenance of the academic standards of awards offered on behalf of degree-awarding bodies and/or other awarding organisations” – UKCBC was highlighted for ensuring academic standards were reviewed and improved by annually monitoring and self-evaluating the academic framework and engaging with the academic frameworks and regulations of the course awarding bodies.
“The quality of student learning opportunities” – UKCBC was praised in the report for having “comprehensive systems in place to manage and assure the quality of learning and teaching.” The report noted that UKCBC works with students who have outside commitments to support their educational needs. The report commended the College for its Equality and Diversity Policy, noting the diversity of the student population and how, when necessary, students are supported through a wide variety of academic needs.
Through interviews with various stakeholders, the QAA review team concluded that UKCBC’s open dialogue between staff and students has a positive effect on professional and academic outcomes. QAA reported that through conversations and feedback, students “identified development opportunities.” The learning outcomes were reflected in the student destination data which indicated 87% of the students who participated progressed to university or work.
UKCBC was also praised for its dedication to adding further value to students through personal and professional development sessions. The development programmes and the “academic surgery” pilot project helped the College meet the expected standard for the second judgement category.
In response to student feedback, UKCBC has made adjustments to their existing Computing program by replacing theoretical modules with more practical, skills-based modules. Furthermore, there will be a new Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Computing qualification starting in September 2017 which will also provide an efficient, skills-focused approach for students. QAA commented, “This is an example where UKCBC is taking deliberate steps to enhance student learning while improving employability skills.”
The QAA report marks a busy period for UKCBC; a new Bath-Spa Partnership programme was announced during July, resulting in two-new top-up bachelor’s degree courses. The partnership has been formed to provide HND graduates with a smooth passage from HND to honours degree qualification and increase their professional choices after graduation.