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.

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.

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.

You can view our Fee Summary for 2021/22 here.

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

Download our Access and Participation plan for 2020-21 to 2024-25 here.

The College’s Access and Participation Plan for 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. . Any queries regarding our Access and Participation Plan 2019-20 should be sent to

The information published on these pages 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.

Table 1a: Summary of applications, offers, acceptances and registrations for 2018-19 entrants

Number of applications Percentage of applications that received an offer Percentage of applications that  accepted an offer Percentage of applications that led to a registration
Full-time Ethnicity White 260 86% 76% 59%
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 140 85% 73% 54%
3 to 5 140 84% 70% 56%
Gender Male 160 86% 71% 56%
Female 120 82% 73% 54%
Other N N N N
Part-time Ethnicity White 90 87% 79% 70%
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 30 90% 85% 75%
3 to 5 60 85% 75% 65%
Gender Male 80 87% 80% 70%
Female N N N N
Other N N N N
Apprenticeships Ethnicity White N N N N
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 N N N N
3 to 5 N N N N
Gender Female N N N N
Male N N N N
Other N N N N

Table 2a: Percentage of first degrees at grade 2:1 or above by characteristic for 2017-18 qualifiers

Ethnicity BAME N/A
White N/A
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 N/A
3 to 5 N/A
Gender Female N/A
Male N/A
Other N/A
N/A  = Not applicable as no applicants to this mode of study
N  = 24 or fewer students in this population
DP = Data suppressed for data protection reasons

For full details, please see the ‘Rounding and suppression’ tab on the downloadable workbook 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

HE Student Transfer Guidance 

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

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