Higher Education

University Centre

The University Centre is led by Diane Workman, Assistant Principal Higher Education. Diane is based at Ashley Down and can be contacted at Diane.Workman@cityofbristol.ac.uk

The University Centre higher education provision is organised into five schools each with a Head who is responsible for the management of programmes within that area. The Head of School will normally attend the Programme Committee meetings attended by the Student Representatives.

If you have concerns about your programme that are not being addressed by the programme leader then you should speak to your Head of School.

Head of School – Business, Education and Professional Studies
Zahid Gill contact Zahid.Gill@cityofbristol.ac.uk
Head of School - Engineering, Aeronautical, Construction and Computing
Ian Ford contact Ian.Ford@cityofbristol.ac.uk
Head of School - Visual and Performing Arts
Sacha Butterworth contact Sacha.Butterworth@cityofbristol.ac.uk
Head of School - Counselling
Andrew Thorne contact Andrew.Thorne@cityofbristol.ac.uk
Head of School - Health and Care
Louise Gregory contact Louise Gregory@cityofbristol.ac.uk

Higher Education Awards Day

The College’s Higher Education Awards Day ceremonies will take place on Saturday 19 November at Bristol Cathedral, College Green.Those who are eligible to attend will receive a formal invitation by email.Find out more about HE Awards Day

National Student Survey (NSS)

The College would like to thank all students that participated in the National Student Survey this year, Your feedback on your programme of study is very important to the College and helps shapes our provision.

We’re pleased to announce the winner of the £50 gift voucher is Jack Finney from our FdA Theatre Media Production programme.

Student Charter and Representation

The HE Student Charter, produced in consultation with students and staff, sets out the expectations students can have of the College and vice versa

Student Charter

The College routinely provides opportunities for HE students to contribute to the quality assurance and development of its programmes. For full details go to:

The Role of a Student Representative

Student Representative Handbook

Student representatives are part of the HE Board that meets to advise the Governors on all aspects of HE provision at the College. The Board meets three times, for full details and access to recent minutes see the box below.

Study and Welfare Support

Student Support

Study support and welfare support are available at the College for all our HE students.

Higher Education courses are delivered at Ashley Down Centre, College Green Centre and Parkway Technology Centre and some are based at specialised venues such as dBs Music and Hamilton House.

Regardless of where your course is delivered and which University or Awarding body validates your programme you are a City of Bristol College student and can access help and support offered at any of our centres, click on the links below for more information

Learning support is available with Study Plus team, normally HE students are encouraged to join in relevant small group sessions to address specific support needs. One to one support is available if needed. Full details of the support available for HE students are available via this link.

Health and welfare is available to provide a range of confidential support services as well as services specifically for students with disabilities, including dyslexia.

HE Support and Advice is available from the University Centre call in to B2.11 in the University Centre Ashley Down or email HEInformation@cityofbristol.ac.uk

Library Resources for Higher Education

There are a wide range of support materials and workshops available to HE Students, some provided by our University Partners and some by the College. Details are available in the Study Centre area on Moodle

Student Finance

Student Finance

Advice about money matters, including student loans, is available in College and online.

The College Health and Welfare teams based at Ashley Down and College Green are able to provide advice about financial issues including Student Loans and other benefits.

The Student Finance England website is a good starting point for information about the tuition loan, maintenance loan and maintenance grant.

The Student Room, has a specific student finance section which provides a range of helpful tools and guidance.

Late Work

Late Work

What happens if you miss one or can't meet a deadline?

Regulations about deadlines and what happens if you miss one or can't meet one vary according to University or Awarding Organisation. The document, link below, gives an overview for all of our courses, if you need further explanation ask your Programme Leader.

Extenuating & Mitigating Circumstances

The forms required to apply for Extenuating Circumstances (EC) to be taken into account are available via the links below. Please note you will need to get the formed signed by a lecturer and submit it along with evidence to support your claim.

Application for EC for Bath Spa University, Gloucestershire University and Pearson BTEC programmes can be downloaded by following this link.

Application for Plymouth University Programme

If you have a chronic condition then you are not required to provide evidence for each claim, instead you make an application for Chronic Ill health to be taken into account using the form below which must be submitted along with medical evidence.

Application for Chronic Ill health: CoBC Chronic Ill Health form

Employability and Careers


For information about any of the resources in this section or for further advice please contact:
Roseanne Ley, HE Employability & Placement Coordinator – contact via HEInformation@cityofbristol.ac.uk

Resources and support are available at College, and online, to help you plan for your future. For free, impartial, advice about careers and progression you can arrange a private one-to-one meeting with an adviser from the National Careers Service. You can make an appointment to see the adviser at any College Reception. The NCS website also contains lots of information about choosing a career, applying for jobs, CVs and interviews etc. If you create a Lifelong Learning Account you can use this to build your CV, save information about your qualifications and use the careers tools, such as the skills health check, to keep all your information in one, easily accessible, place.

Prospects, the UK's official graduate careers website, also provides careers advice and job and course opportunities to students and graduates.

Further study?

If you are planning to progress from your Foundation Degree to a top up year how you apply for this will depend on which University you want to progress to. If you are on a course with Plymouth University and wish to progress to your top up year there you will need to complete a Plymouth University Progression Form - if you are intending to apply for September 2016 please use this form Plymouth University Progression Form for 2016.pdf .

To apply to other universities, including to study a top up year at the College, you need to apply through UCAS just as you did for your full time Foundation Degree. If you need help with your UCAS application please make an appointment to see the National Careers Service Adviser at any College Reception.

The initial deadline for consideration for Plymouth University courses, and for other universities, is 15th January each year. You can still apply after this date but getting your application in by this deadline means you are guaranteed equal consideration for your course with all other applicants and for popular courses the places may already be filled if you apply later. If you are applying for a top up year don't forget to put entry point 3 on your UCAS form to show that you applying to the third year of a degree programme, not the first year.

For information about Postgraduate Study please have a look at this magazine - http://www.prospects.ac.uk/links/postgradmag

Useful Websites for your Careers Research (City of Bristol College is not responsible for the content of external websites)

National Careers Service (for careers advice and resources including a CV builder and Lifelong Learning Account)
Lifepilot (for careers information)
Guardian Careers (for careers information and advice, interactive forums and articles - eg Six ways to get a job after university.pdf )
UCAS (for applications to university courses, including top up years)
Sector Skills Councils (look at the Member Directory to find the Sector Skills Council relevant to your chosen career)
Target Jobs (graduate jobs, careers advice, career planner tools)
Notgoingtouni (alternatives to traditional university courses)
Reed (job search and careers resources)
Indeed (job search)

Using Social Media for Job Hunting
Take control of your online presence - is there anything you would rather potential employers didn't see?
According to research by careerbuilder.co.uk more than half of employers have rejected an applicant due to social media posts - pay attention to privacy settings and be aware of what other people can see about you. Try googling your name on both the web and for images and see what comes up!

From Facebook to LinkedIn - a free graduate guide to using social media effectively and not have it used against you!

LinkedIn is a business oriented social networking site which provides opportunities to network online with professionals from all kinds of different employment sectors and you can join groups which interest you - how about following City of Bristol College to start you off? Make sure your LinkedIn page sells you effectively - think of it as an online CV and mention your career goals.

Graduate recruiters make considerable use of Twitter, giving out information about their organisations as well as actually posting job vacancies. You don’t have to tweet yourself – you can just follow companies, brands, people or issues of interest to you and get an insight into current issues and concerns from what they say, and retweet their tweets. You can use your own tweets to show your interest in a particular career - tweet about current affairs in the sector you wish to work in.

Your Twitter bio should include your degree and some of your relevant skills. How Twitter can land you a graduate job.
In the creative industries Instagram feeds are to some extent now replacing CVs and portfolios. Successful Instagram portfolios may also include information on your activities outside work as well as traditional material. Creative directors now often use Instagram to vet candidates as they can get a taste of your personality as well as your artistic skills.

Policies and Procedures

The following documents relating to admissions are available here:

Guidelines for Admissions of Higher Education Students

Appeal Against Admissions Decisions

The College has a Complaints Policy and Procedure which must be followed in the initial stages of a complaint. Full details of the HE complaints procedure and the involvement of the University partner are included.

Complaints Procedure

External Examiners Reports

What is an external examiner and why is their role important to me as a student?

Universities in the UK use a system of external examining to check academic standards and quality. It’s about making sure that you can have confidence in the worth of your degree because external examiners ensure that your degree is comparable in standard to those of similar awards in other institutions, although their content may differ.
An important feature of the system is that external examiners offer independent advice. They are usually academic subject specialists from other higher education institutions.
A good way of understanding the role is thinking of the external examiner as a critical friend who helps us to identify good practice as well as areas needing improvement.

What do external examiners actually do?
External examiners look at draft exam papers and sample marked work. So, for example, an examiner might comment on the suitability of a particular type of assessment or on the fairness of how it's marked, or on the quality of the written feedback that tutors provide to students.
The examiner also has a role in looking at assessment regulations and attending award and progression boards so that we can ensure that our students aren't unfairly penalised or rewarded.
At the end of each academic year external examiners produce a report in a standard format to confirm their confidence in standards and to provide feedback on our assessment practice.

What happens to the reports they write?
Reports are discussed widely across the institution as part of the annual review of courses so external examiners are advised to make sure they don’t identify individual staff and students in their reports. Student reps are involved in discussing the report at Programme Committee meetings and are involved in developing an action plan to respond to any issues the external may have raised. If you would like to see a copy of this action plan please contact your course rep or course leader.
The HE Quality Manager prepares an annual overview of institutional level issues arising from external examiners’ reports which is considered by the HE Board.

The 2014/15 External Examiner reports are available below; reports with staff responses will be added as they become available 

HE Board

The HE Board involves students in assuring the standards and expectations required of Higher Education are being met in the College.

HE Quality Board Terms of Reference Jan 2014.pdf

Minutes of the most recent Board can be accessed by following this link.

HE Board Minutes 08.06.15