The quality of our teaching is measured and recognised by external independent authorities such as QAA (for higher education) and Ofsted (for college-level qualifications).

Teaching Excellence

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that Hereford College of Arts delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.
*The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a new scheme introduced by the Department for Education for recognising excellent teaching and learning.

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(Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education)

QAA identified a number of examples of good practice during their review in 2014:

These include:

• The College’s imaginative approach to supporting and engaging its higher education students in an environment which strengthens their academic and personal development, and career prospects

• The targeted deployment of staff development to deliver improvements in the quality of experience of its higher education students.

• The genuine efforts of the College to include students in the feedback and development of HCA; 82% of students believe they are ‘listened to’, and students are overwhelmingly positive about their involvement with College policies and practices.

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(Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills)

What Ofsted said about us in 2017:

“Students enjoy their time at college. The ethos of the college through the
integration of college values ensures that students feel safe and are enabled and empowered to take creative risks and develop their artistic potential in a safe, respectful and tolerant environment.”

“Standards of students’ work are high. Leaders, managers and lecturers have high expectations of their students, who achieve well on vocational programmes and develop highly effective practical and technical skills of a professional standard.”

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QAA & Ofsted