Somerset College

Somerset College passes with flying colours

Somerset College passes with flying colours

Students, employers and staff gave university-level courses at Somerset College a clean bill of health in a recent inspection by the University of Plymouth.

The College was being inspected by its partner university as part of a regular five yearly Institutional Review. Inspectors held interviews with students, tutors, support staff and employers to assess the standard of provision.

Amongst other areas, innovation, quality and standards were all examined.

Examiners picked out the excellent levels of support provided for students through the College's Integrated Learning Centres, the introduction of education for sustainable development into subject strands, the enterprise modules included in most courses, the good practice in work-based learning and the high levels of skills of students.

Rachel Davies, Principal of Somerset College, said: ‘This Institutional Review proves we are offering fantastic degree courses, outstanding support for students and are working really hard with employers to ensure students have all the necessary skills to gain employment.

‘We offer 64 degree level courses at the College in areas including fine art, accounting, internet technologies, sports management and textiles and fashion. We also offer innovative degrees including media make-up, the HP degree and degrees for businesses including the FdSc in Transport Planning and Engineering for Somerset County Council.'

The report said of the courses on offer: ‘The distinctive features of the provision include the personalised approach to students, the diversity of students, the opportunity to top-up to an Honours Degree upon successful completion of some Foundation Degree programmes, and the unique and prestigious Foundation Degree in Media Make-up programme.'

Students said they liked the local provision of university-level education and that they would recommend their courses to friends. Students also said they liked the level of tutorial and pastoral support they received.

As part of the assessment local employers were asked to comment on courses and students that they take on placement. One employer said that students had demonstrated maturity, enthusiasm and high levels of skills while on placement, and he had offered some of them employment on completion of the programme.

‘Working with employers is an integral part of learning at Somerset College. We foster close links with companies which have national and international reputations and allow our students to complete their courses knowing they have the skills and knowledge to enter employment,' said Rachel.

The Hot House and Somerset Centre for Enterprise were also highly praised by the students as they see them as useful inks with local industry and a step into employment.

Links with companies through work-based learning courses was held up as an example of good practice by the experts assessing the College. It was praised for having excellent guidance, feedback and monitoring processes.

Rachel said: ‘We offer innovative links with industry that help to get employment for our graduates when they complete their courses. The Hot House is a fantastic facility that helps fledgling creative arts companies to turn a profit and survive the tough first few years.'

Somerset College offers degree level courses through the University of Plymouth Colleges (UPC) network , a partnership between the University of Plymouth and local colleges that brings degrees to local doorsteps.

For more information on degree level courses at Somerset College visit the course listings page. To request a prospectus, click here or alternatively contact (01823) 366 331.