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.

Our Philosophy 1


(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.

Download the full report here


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

What Ofsted said about us in 2023:

“Learners benefit greatly from a broad range of high quality activities and events which enrich their taught curriculum. They take part in exhibitions, performances and festivals and sell their work at a pop up shop. College staff inspire learners to aim high and succeed. As a result, a very high pro portion of learners progress to their next steps, often progressing to study at prestigious institutions.”

“Learners develop the high quality skills and knowledge that they need to become successful artists. They benefit from highly skilled teachers, technicians and industry practitioners sharing their knowledge and experience.”

Read the full report here