Wider Information Set (WIS)

At UCW, we are committed to making it easier for students and the wider public to access the information that we publish about ourselves and our courses.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has specified the information they expect higher education providers to make available online or by request. This information forms part of what HEFCE has described as a Wider Information Set (WIS).

The benefit of providing wider information is to:

  • Inform the public about the quality of HE
  • Provide prospective students with information that will help them make a choice about what and where to study
  • Provide evidence to contribute to quality assurance processes including review by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
  • Provide information that institutions can use to enhance the quality of their HE provision.

The links below will point you in the direction of information which we hope you find useful.

Information about us as an institution

Higher Education Strategic Plan and Mission Statement

Our Higher Education Strategic Plan for 2014-15 to 2016-17 has been developed to set out clear aims for the student experience, growth of our curriculum offer, working with partners, reflecting economic need, and developing the employability of graduates.

The Strategic Plan also reflects our mission statement for HE:

“To deliver an outstanding higher education experience, enabling success and inspiring ambition.”

Information on partnerships

We work with two partner universities, Bath Spa University (BSU) and the University of the West of England (UWE), to deliver our degrees. Our degrees are a mix of indirectly-funded (franchised) – where the student numbers sit with the awarding body – and directly-funded (validated) – where the student numbers sit with UCW. The following table identifies the nature of our partnerships for each degree programme.

Programme Partner Direct/Indirect
Animal Management FdSc UWE Indirect
Applied Computing FdSc UWE Direct
Applied Computing BSc (Hons) (top-up) UWE Direct
Business with Management FdA UWE Indirect
Business Management with Sustainability BA (Hons) (top-up) BSU Direct
Contemporary Art and Professional Studies FdA BSU Indirect
Contemporary Art and Professional Studies BA (Hons) (top-up: work-based) BSU Indirect
Counselling FdSc BSU Direct
Counselling BSc (Hons) (top-up) BSU Direct
Early Childhood Studies FdA BSU Indirect
Early Years FdA BSU Indirect
Early Years Education BA (Hons) (top-up) BSU Indirect
Film and Media Arts Production BSU Direct
Games and Animation Production FdSc UWE Direct
Graphic Design FdA BSU Indirect
Graphic Design BA (Hons) (top-up) BSU Indirect
Health and Social Care Practice FdSc UWE Direct
Inclusive Practice FdA UWE Indirect
Music Production FdA BSU Indirect
Musical Theatre FdA BSU Indirect
Musical Theatre BA (Hons) (top-up) BSU Indirect
Performing Arts FdA BSU Indirect
Performing Arts BA (Hons) (top-up) BSU Indirect
Popular Music FdA BSU Indirect
Public and Environmental Health FdSc UWE Indirect
Public and Environmental Health BSc (Hons) (top-up) UWE Indirect
Sports Studies FdSc UWE Direct
Tourism Management FdA BSU Direct
Uniformed and Public Services FdA UWE Indirect
Uniformed and Public Services BA (Hons) (top-up) UWE Indirect

Employability statement

One of the key strategic aims within the HE Strategic Plan is:

“To focus on graduate employability and the development of those skills needed to ensure that individuals are ready and able to enter the world of work or self-employment.”

We have set out the following operational activities to enable us to achieve this:

“All programmes will use “live” scenarios for assignments where possible. Tutorial entitlement will guarantee input regarding employability and where appropriate, self-employment. The College will also offer a comprehensive careers service to all HE students.”

Further details of UCW’s position on graduate employability can be found in the Higher Education Work-based Learning and Placements Policy and Procedures.

Information about our courses and awards

Our Undergraduate Prospectus contains details of all our courses and modules therein.

The UCW Tuition Fee Policy 2017-2018 details essential information relating to fees and payment of fees.

Programme and module handbooks are available internally via the VLE for enrolled students.

UCW completes an annual return to the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) and publishes an Access Agreement which details the measures in place to widen participation.

We also publish a retention strategy outlining the steps we take to engage with our student body and support them in remaining in higher education.

Access Agreement

UCW is committed to widening participation and affording students who have the potential to succeed the opportunity to undertake a HE qualification. To read more about our approach to widening participation and the support available to students please take a look at our Access Agreement.

Information on the quality and standards of our programmes

QAA UK Quality Code

The UK Quality Code for Higher Education sets out the expectations that all providers of UK higher education are required to meet. It is published by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education, who are also responsible for reviewing Higher Education standards in colleges and universities.

External examiners

External examining is one of the main methods of maintaining UK threshold academic standards within higher education institutions. UCW makes use of reports provided by external examiners to assure quality and standards and to identify opportunities for enhancement.

External examiner reports are available internally for students on the VLE.

Complaints and appeals 

UCW is committed to providing a high-quality educational experience, and welcomes feedback regarding perceived problems so that they can be addressed and improvements made to improve services and enhance the student experience. All complaints and academic appeals must be made in line with the processes described in the HE Complaints Policy and Procedures.