The Cornwall College Group – Higher Education Strategy & Public Information

At the Cornwall College Group we aim to work with the public, Higher Education applicants, our learners, employers, staff and other stakeholders to provide as much information as possible.

This helps us:

  • Widen the understanding of Higher Education and its value to individuals, the community and to the regional and national economy
  • Work with learners on higher education courses to develop their universal, specialist and personal skills.
  • Work with all our stakeholders in networks of expertise clustered around employment sectors in Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and the south-west region.
  • Provide information advice and guidance to the public about what Higher Education entails, the opportunities we have within our Group and the range of college sites where study is possible.
  • Ensure our learners progress into employment or higher education, develop career opportunities and gain the entrepreneurial thought and action to succeed beyond higher education.
  • Confirm the achievements of students on the completion of their studies.
  • Safeguard academic standards and assure and enhance academic quality

If the information you are looking for is not included on this page or on our website, please contact us and we will do our best to answer any enquiry.

The Cornwall College Group Supports Higher Education Study

The Cornwall College Group is a network of Colleges within the south west that supports learners, their families, communities, employers and our staff and students. How we do this is explained in our strategic intent and higher education strategy, listed at the bottom of this page.

Quality of Higher Education Provision

In 2012 the Cornwall College group was reviewed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) as part of the Integrated Quality and Enhancement Review (IQER) process. This process, is how the QAA ensures that the quality of higher education delivered in Further Education Colleges meets the standard required for the awards we offer. Since 2012, higher education in Further Education Colleges is reviewed in the same way as all universities and providers of higher education, through the Higher Education Review (HER).

The review, in March 2012, judged that there can be confidence in the College’s management of its responsibilities, as set out in its partnership agreements, for the standards of the awards it offers on behalf of its awarding bodies, confidence in the College’s management of its responsibilities, as set out in its partnership agreements, for the quality of learning opportunities it offers, and that reliance can be placed on the accuracy and completeness of the information that the College is responsible for publishing about itself and the programmes it delivers. Click here to read the IQER Review Report.

Studying Higher Education with The Cornwall College Group

Each course has its own Course Handbook which is accessible from the individual course pages on our website. Each student has access to the Student and College University Handbook and the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Handbook for their programme following enrolment

Cornwall College Students’ Union

The Cornwall College Group has its own Students’ Union and works with the Students’ Union at Plymouth University (UPSU) to support our learners. We recognise that the student voice should inform the Group about how to best improve the student experience during their studies and for the future. We work with the president of the student union in developing Higher Education quality and with student representatives supporting and resolving issues that might arise. Our new Higher Education Vice-chairs on every college site will be involved in discussions around course development. Working with the NUS as part of the student engagement partnership (tsep) we have developed an action plan to drive forward student enhancement and engagement.

Most of our Higher Education qualifications are awarded by, and validated by Plymouth University, whose vision: To be the enterprise university and mission: Advancing knowledge and transforming lives through education and research.

Plymouth University has an enterprise culture that delivers sustained innovation and international impact and the University has a commitment to driving social inclusion, economic prosperity, and environmental quality in our local community and beyond.

Plymouth University is among the emerging global elite of modern higher education institutions. Ranked in the top 300 universities in the world by Times Higher Education, Plymouth is a recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in 2012 for the quality of its marine and maritime teaching and research.

The University is recognised as the enterprise university, with 12,000 placements provided each year for its students, and responsible for £100 million of incubation, innovation and science park assets across a regional growth and investment network and is the only university in the world to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark

A number of courses are awarded by and validated by the University of St Mark & St John. The University of St Mark & St John National Student Survey results were awarded 91% for Student Satisfaction in 2013 positioned in the top 10 of Higher Education institutions in England. In the Sunday Times University Guide, the University was awarded 80% for Teaching Excellence in 2012.

Committed to learners being prepared for employment when they graduate, the most recent government statistics show that over 90% of graduates from the University of St Mark & St John are either in employment or continuing in higher education 6 months after graduation.


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