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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education

Guidance for colleges

College Higher Education Toolkit​

UK higher education is diverse and there are many different approaches to meeting the Expectations. Further education college providers typically specialise in more vocational programmes, and this will necessarily ​be reflected in their approach. 

To help colleges make the best use of the Quality Code, we have developed the College Higher Education Toolkit: Engaging with the UK Quality Code for Higher Education (116 pages). The toolkit has been developed with staff in colleges and representative organisations.​

The toolkit includes 'Have you considered?' sections, offering prompts for particular consideration; illustrative case studies; and additional resources; together with guidance ​on using the Quality Code in relation to:
  • regulation
  • governance and management
  • academic standards
  • quality of learning opportunities
  • enhancement of learning opportunities
  • creating a higher education ethos
  • student engagement
  • supporting higher education students
  • assessment
  • monitoring and review
  • Higher Education Review (the specific review method used by QAA for external quality assurance).

​Further information

You may also be interested in our report from May 2014 on how the Quality Code is used in colleges: Engaging with the UK Quality Code for Higher Education: A further education and sixth form college perspective​.​​​