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City College Norwich awarded key quality standard for Higher Education courses

19th June 2019 – Tags: Degrees and Higher Education, Teaching, Teaching Excellence Framework

City College Norwich’s Higher Education courses have achieved a key quality mark, with the latest Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) review giving the college a Bronze Award. The ‘exceptionally high’ employment rates of City College Norwich graduates, and the college’s close links with employers, are among the strengths highlighted by the review.

The TEF is a national exercise, introduced by the government in England, to assess excellence in teaching at universities and colleges, and how well they ensure excellent outcomes for their students in terms of graduate-level employment or further study.

The results are published by the Office for Students, with Higher Education providers awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze award, or a Provisional rating. The TEF Bronze award is given to institutions that deliver teaching and learning for students that meet rigorous national quality requirements for UK Higher Education.

City College Norwich’s Higher Education courses - the majority of which are Bachelors and Foundation degrees awarded by the college’s Higher Education partner, UEA – are said by the TEF review panel to have “exceptionally high rates for employment or further study”.

This was borne out by the last national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, which showed that only 1% of the college’s Higher Education students are unemployed after graduating, compared to a national average of 5% for all higher students.

The TEF review panel also highlights City College Norwich’s “collaborative work with employers to equip students with the right skills to enable them to progress to employment”, reflecting the college’s commitment to continually develop its degrees and professional qualifications in line with changing employer and industry needs.

Last September City College Norwich helped launched a new Nursing Associate programme, in conjunction with UEA – and a new Primary Teaching Apprenticeship is due to commence in September.

Corrienne Peasgood, Principal, City College Norwich, commented:

City College Norwich has a clearly defined Higher Education offer that is focused on meeting the higher skills needed in specific sectors and industries within our region. We work very closely with employers, UEA, and other awarding organisations, to ensure that our Higher Education courses meet the skills needs of these sectors and the career development objectives of our students – 98 per cent of whom are from Norfolk or Suffolk.

We are pleased that the TEF has recognised the particular strengths of our provision through this Bronze Award. We welcome all the feedback and judgements provided by the review panel, and will draw on this feedback as we work to further improve all aspects of teaching and learning on our Higher Education courses.