A team of QAA reviewers visited Petroc and judged that its academic standards, the quality and enhancement of its student learning opportunities, and the quality of information about its learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.
The review identified two examples of good practice:
the range of additional learning support in place for higher education students.
the strategic approach to developing and extending student employability skills, which are integrated into the curriculum across all programmes.
The review made some recommendations for improvements, for example:
to ensure that procedures for moderation and marking are clearly defined, fair and transparent.
develop a more systematic approach to the enhancement of student learning opportunities.
Craig Litster, Higher Education Coordinator at Petroc, said: “QAA reviews all higher education provision in the UK and we are clearly delighted to be viewed as meeting the standards set by internationally recognised universities.
“We have been delivering successful higher education programmes at Petroc for over 10 years, and in recent years we have expanded our provision to include North Devon’s first ever BA Honours programmes and opened the new University Centre at our Brannams Campus.
“These achievements are recognised in the report and we are particularly pleased that QAA recognises our work with regard to the employability of our graduates as being good practice.
“The QAA judgements indicate that we deliver a quality higher education experience for all our degree students and this confirms and consolidates 10 years of hard work by both students and staff and provides a springboard for future developments.”
QAA's Higher Education Reviews are carried out by experts from other universities and colleges. Every review team includes a student reviewer, because QAA believes that students should be partners in the quality assurance of their education.
The team that reviewed Petroc included Dr Christopher Stevens (Canterbury Christ Church University), Mr Nabeel Zaidi (independent) and Miss Alyson Bird (student reviewer from the University of Keele).
A successful review means that Petroc can display the QAA Quality Mark, indicating to UK and international students that the college meets national requirements for standards and quality.