Wider Information Set (WIS)
UCW is committed to making it as easy as possible for applicants, students and the wider public to access accurate information about us as an organisation.
This is known in the sector as our ‘Wider Information Set’, and we provide this information to:
- Inform about the benefits of higher education.
- Provide prospect students with the information they need to make an informed decision about what to study and where.
- Evidence the quality assurance processes of which we are subject to.
- Share information to demonstrate our commitment to making a positive contribution to our local community.
We hope the information below is of interest.
The Weston College Group Higher Education Strategic Plan has been developed to set out clear aims for the student experience, how we plan to expand our curriculum, our partnerships and economic plans.
It also contains our mission statement:
“To deliver an outstanding higher education experience, enabling success and inspiring ambition.”
A key strategic aim for UCW 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 achieve this:
“All programmes will use “live” scenarios for assignments where possible. Tutorial entitlement will guarantee input regarding employability and, where appropriate, self-employment. UCW will also offer a comprehensive careers service to all higher education students.”
Further information about UCW’s position on graduate employability can be found in the Higher Education Work-based Learning Placements Policy and Procedures.
We work with Bath Spa University (BSU) and the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE), to deliver our degrees. These 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.
This table outlines the nature of our partnerships for each degree, where applicable.
|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 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|
|Environmental Health and Practice MSci||UWE||Indirect|
|Events Production and Management FdA||BSU||Direct|
|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|
|Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Production FdA||BSU||Direct|
|Health and Social Care Practice FdSc||UWE||Direct|
|Inclusive Practice FdA||UWE||Indirect||Integrated Mental Health and Social Care FdSc||UWE||Direct||Lens-based Media BA (Hons) (top-up)||BSU||Direct|
|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|
|Photography in Practice FdA||BSU||Direct|
|Popular Music FdA||BSU||Indirect|
|Professional and Commercial Dance FdA||BSU||Indirect|
|Professional Music Performance and Production BA (Hons) (top-up)||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|
Our Retention Strategy outlines the steps we take to engage with our student body and support individuals to remain in higher education.
UCW is committed to widening participation and affording students who have the potential to succeed the opportunity to undertake a higher education qualification. We complete an annual return to the Office for Fair Access and publish an Access Agreement to detail the measures we have put in place to meet this commitment.
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 for Higher Education, which is responsible for reviewing higher education standards in colleges and universities.
Please click here to find out more about our quality and standards, including links to our most recent Higher Education Review and Teaching Excellence Framework reports.
External examining is one of the other main methods of maintaining UK threshold academic standards with higher education institutions. UCW makes use of reports provided by external examiners to assure quality and standards and identify opportunities for enhancement. These are made available internally for students via the Virtual Learning Environment.