Information for HE Students

City College Plymouth is committed to providing clear and accessible information to all prospective and current students. This enables:

  • prospective students to make informed decisions about where, what and when they will study
  • current students to make the most of their higher education learning experience
  • clear communication of terms, conditions, policies and procedures
  • assurance of academic standards.

Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)   

City College Plymouth has been awarded the QAA Quality Mark for meeting or exceeding UK expectations for quality and standards in its QAA review. The College’s Higher Education Review took place in April 2015. The full review can be read here.

Office for Students (OfS)

In 2018, Office for Students replaced the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and OFFA (Office for Fair Access) as the regulator and competition authority for the higher education sector in England. Please find the college’s past and present Access Agreements here.

Download our Access and Participation plan for 2019-20 PDF here.

The College’s Access and Participation Plan for 2019-20 has been approved by the OfS. This document represents our commitment to widening access into Higher Education and supporting the outcomes of our HE students. You can view the document below as well as at the above link. Any queries regarding our Access and Participation Plan 2019-20 should be sent to

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)   

The Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) is a national exercise, assessing excellence in teaching at universities and colleges and how well they ensure excellent outcomes for their students in terms of graduate-level employment or further study.

City College Plymouth has been awarded the highest rating of ‘Gold’ for delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. See why City College Plymouth was awarded this TEF rating here.

Academic Regulations

Academic Regulations are the rules that apply to Higher Education Programmes at City College Plymouth. The College delivers programmes in partnership with the University of Plymouth and Pearson. The relevant regulations can be found at:

University of Plymouth Regulations

Pearson BTEC Centre Guide to Quality Assurance and Assessment

Policies and Procedures (Applying to All HE Students)

HE Admissions Policy

HE Assessment Policy

HE Fee Policy (Including the College’s HE Compensation and Refund Policy)

HE Strategy

Talkback Procedure

Fitness to Study or Practice Procedure

Student Protection Plan

City College Student Charter

City College Terms and Conditions of Enrolment (Including Fee Policy)

APL Policy

Student Disciplinary Procedure

Policies and Procedures (University of Plymouth Programmes)

Partner College Student Contract

Partner College Key Terms of Contract

Examination and Academic Offences Procedure

Academic Appeals Procedure

Extenuating Circumstances

Policies and Procedures (Pearson Programmes)

Pearson Contract

College Key Terms

Academic Appeals Procedure

Quality Assurance and Assessment Handbook

Extenuating Circumstances