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Learning and Teaching

The world of Higher Education is changing. As the cost of degree-level study escalates, undergraduates seek a better return on their investment. They want to pursue courses that yield positive outcomes for their future career, enhancing employability and giving them hands-on experience in the world of work.

Building on our enviable heritage in delivering vocational degrees, our courses are focused on preparing you for the workplace, and we pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching. In 2018 we were awarded a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) silver award for our high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for students, in particular with regards to retention and progression to employment and further study.

High levels of tutor contact

We offer small class sizes and tutors with a real dedication to the student experience. As a result, you’ll have loads of contact with teaching staff, and ample opportunity for discussion and deliberation with your peers. What’s more, our inclusive and welcoming atmosphere gives everyone an opportunity to flourish in a supportive environment where diversity is celebrated.

Flexible programmes of study

We know that life is rarely simple and that there may be competing demands on your time. UCS staff understand that the life of an undergraduate can be pressured, and have extensive experience of supporting students of all ages.

With a range of part-time options and varied pathways, we can help you navigate a way through your degree programme, while creating space for home life, ongoing employment or other commitments.

A degree from a prestigious university partner

We work with The Open University, University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), University of Plymouth and Oxford Brookes University to validate our programmes, including Apprenticeships. We also offer a variety of HNCs and HNDs with Pearson, as well as professional qualifications with the likes of CIPD, CIM and AAT.

Brilliant success rates

It is one thing to start a degree programme, but quite another to see it through to completion. Thanks to our commitment to supporting students, we enjoy completion rates of 95%. Even better, our staff give you the very best opportunity to succeed, by sharing responsibility for your learning while empowering you to find your place in the world.