Quality and standards

University Centre Weston is committed to delivering an outstanding higher education experience, enabling success and inspiring ambition.

In 2015, 22 per cent of UCW students achieved First Class Honours Degrees, which is above the national average, and 95 per cent of students were in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Higher Education Review

In its 2016 Higher Education Review by the Quality Assurance Agency, England’s independent HE assessor, UCW received no recommendations for improvements, and a Commended outcome – the top judgement possible – for the quality of its student learning opportunities.

According to the QAA, UCW also demonstrates good practice in the use of student and employer involvement in the design, development and validation of its degrees; the effective processes in place to support higher education teaching practices; the professional and proactive approach of the higher education support team; and the close working relationship with its partner universities Bath Spa University and UWE Bristol.

The QAA also confirmed that UCW’s academic standards, the quality of information about its learning opportunities, and the enhancement of its student learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.

As a result, UCW has been awarded the QAA Quality Mark – the signifier to UK and international students of universities and colleges achieving the national requirements for standards and quality.

UCW has produced an action plan that refers to the four areas of good practice identified at Higher Education Review by the Quality Assurance Agency Review Team. The Team concluded that there were no recommendations or affirmations to address. The action plan, developed in consultation with students and key stakeholders therefore seeks to build on the good practice identified, and details measures regarding how this will occur. It will be monitored by Higher Education Board of Study. Since the review, the higher education provision at Weston College has been re-branded as University Centre Weston. 

You can view the full QAA Higher Education Review here.

To view our QAA Action Plan click here. This action plan outlines plans to capitalise on good practice identified as part of the Weston College Higher Education Review in April 2106.

National Student Survey

In the 2016 National Student Survey, UCW scored 88 per cent in the category of ‘overall satisfaction’; above the national average of 80 per cent for equivalent providers. The figure represents the third year in a row where UCW has improved its score in this key benchmark.

UCW is also in the top 25 per cent of higher education institutions in Britain for its ratings in the categories of ‘assessment and feedback’, ‘academic support’ and ‘personal development’. UCW aims to be in the top quartile in the ‘teaching and learning’ category in 2017.