Excellence in HE

Students at HE Graduation Ceremony

At City of Bristol College we care about what our students think. We also care about the level of teaching, facilities and support we offer our university-level students.

HE Students Charter

The HE Students Charter sets out what current students can expect of the College and what is expected of them. The Charter was written by and is reviewed annually by staff and students.

HE Students Charter (PDF)

Quality Assurance Agency 2010 report

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), responsible for assessing the quality and standards of HE nationally, continues to rate the College highly.

The 2010 QAA report stated it had ‘confidence in the College’s management of its higher education provision’. Other areas of good practice highlighted in the report include:

  • Clear and comprehensive quality assurance processes
  • Open and constructive dialogue with its partner universities
  • Engaging employers in the design, assessment and review of foundation degree programmes
  • Impressive support to students through mentoring and placement supervision
  • Response to the needs of local employers
  • Engaging with a wide range of sectors

Student feedback

We regularly collect feedback from students and use it to improve:
  • The experience of our students
  • The quality of our teaching and support
In last year’s National Student Survey (NSS) we were pleased to hear:
  • 97% of students said staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching
  • 87% of students received sufficient advice and support with their studies
  • 86% of students felt their studies improved their personal development
More than 1,000 HE students choose to study with us each year. Last year’s students said:
“The staff are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their modules. They genuinely care about our well-being and try to support us where possible.”

“Staff are enthusiastic, approachable and helpful. There are small class sizes and plenty of opportunities to talk to staff 1:1. The teaching covers a broad range of interesting topics.”

“I had been out of education for a long time and this year has been very beneficial to me. I have developed both inside and out of college, and have not felt out of place at any point. Being elected vice student rep has allowed me to fine tune my communication skills and prepare for a work environment.”

“The course has a really friendly atmosphere with all students getting along well. I enjoy the relaxed environment of classes where it is less formal and lecture like. I also enjoy the ‘get up and do’ approach this course has.”

“I feel completely supported by my lecturers and work comfortably with my peers. Our working space is ideal for this course and feels welcoming and familiar.”