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Wider Information Set

At Southport College we are committed to making it easier for students and the wider public to access the information that we publish about the College and our courses.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has specified the information they expect higher education providers to make available online or by request. This information forms part of what HEFCE has described as a Wider Information Set (WIS).

What is the purpose of the Wider Information Set?

The wider information set has two key purposes:

  • to provide information about HE to a wide audience including: prospective and current students, students’ parents and advisers, employers, the media, and the College itself
  • to form part of the evidence used within quality assurance reviews. Quality assurance reviews are external reviews of our HE provision which are undertaken by the QAA.

The links below will provide you with information which we hope you will find useful.

Information about us as an Institution

Transparency Return

The information published below shows:

  • The number of applications for admission on to recognised, undergraduate higher education courses that we have received from UK domiciled applicants.
  • The number of offers we have made in relation to those applications. The number of those offers accepted and the number of those who have registered with us.
  • The number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us.

It also shows these numbers by reference to:

  •   The gender of the individuals to which they relate
  •   Their ethnicity
  •   Their socio-economic background.

It is important to note that the data presented has not been contextualised. This means, for example, that you will not be able to see from this data how many of those applying to courses met the entry criteria. It is also the case that universities and colleges will often receive many more applications than they have spaces on courses and so offer rates will necessarily be lower than application rates in those circumstances.

You can see our Transparency tables here

The College’s Access and Participation Plan sets outs the College’s actions in relation to:

  • Increased recruitment of male learners
  • Increased success for all HE learners particularly at level 5
  • Continued growth in the participation of HE locally

The large majority of University Centre Southport students are mature. The College recognises that attracting young learners from the most deprived neighbourhoods is a key target and is enhanced welfare and support systems related to the progression and recruitment of these learners.

The College is working hard to support students to achieve their academic potential including helping to close the gap between attainment of different student groups. The College’s commitment to enhance attainment is reflected in the transformation of the academic tutoring programme for 19/20 and the further development of the University Centre Study Zone which was completed in 2019.

Learning, teaching and assessment

The College has a strategic aim to provide excellent and inspirational teaching. You can read more about it in our model for teaching and learning.

Widening Access and Participation

Southport College is committed to equality and diversity. The College is dedicated to the active pursuit of an equal opportunities policy which addresses the need and right of everyone in the College to be treated with respect and dignity, in an environment in which a diversity of backgrounds and experiences is valued. Our Access and Participation Plan sets out our approach to widening participation in HE in the local area.

Information about our Courses and Awards

Key Information Set (KIS)

The Key Information Set (KIS) contains the information which students nationally have said they find most useful when making choices about which course to study. This information includes data from the National Student Survey (NSS), and the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) report which surveys students who gained a qualification from a university or college, six months after they left. Where applicable you can see the KIS data directly on our course pages. You may however choose to use the information on Unistats – which allows you to compare Key Information Sets from different Universities and Colleges: Unistats – The Key Information Set. You can see our KIS here.

Quality Assurance

In addition to internal termly course reviews and Annual Monitoring Reviews with our partner institutions the following quality assurance processes are in place:

Student Protection Plan

Student protection plans set out what students can expect to happen should a course, campus, or institution close. The purpose of a plan is to ensure that students can continue and complete their studies, or can be compensated if this is not possible.  The College will collaborate with students to review and refresh the plan on a regular basis. You can read our plan here.

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