Pearson, is a well-known and well respected operator in the education sector. Its BTEC qualifications provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning and skills development alongside a key theoretical background in comparison with traditional academic qualifications. Regent College London is currently operating the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business with a number of specialised pathways.
The College is currently inspected by Pearson twice per year, once via Academic Management Review (AMR), and once via the Standards Verification (SV) process.
The Academic Management Review is centre based, and concentrates on sevent criteria, or ‘Review Areas’ relating to how the centre manages its courses. This was formerly called the ‘Centre Quality Review’, but was changed in 2013 to AMR in order to bring its assessment of Levels 4-7 in line with QAA. There is a greater emphasis on overall course management and overall provision rather than individual programmes or pathways.
Our most recent Academic Management Review took place in March 2021.
There were no essential actions or recommendations made. The latest report stated:
Student surveys, Student Voice Box, student participation at boards and committees, the Student Representative system and the National Student Survey (NSS), all contribute to an internal culture of continuous improvement.
The Assessment Policy, Programme Handbook and Student Charter, Equality and Diversity Policy, Learning Support Policy, and the centre’s Access and Participation Plan underline the College’s commitment to ensuring parity in access to assessment for all students.
Discussion with students confirmed that staff appeared at ease with online teaching, and in their opinion good levels of interaction was maintained with students during sessions for questions/answers and debate.
Students met during AMR expressed appreciation of having easy and rapid access during the pandemic to academic staff, and swift response to their support needs.
Standards Verification is an external monitoring process used by Pearson to monitor the quality of assessment within centres. In the case of our BTEC HND courses, the Standards Verifier/External Examiner looked at the assignment briefs (the assessment instruments) and checked to see whether they were fit for purpose. The Standards Verifier/External Examiner will look at a sample of marked work and check the assessment decisions.
The College received its annual visit from the External Examiner in July 2021. There were no Essential Actions resulting from the report and just one Recommendation. Extracts of the report are provided below:
Assessment instruments are clear on information and guidance for students which enhances assessment response expectations.
Positive feedback received from the discussion with a group of students. The students are overall happy with the teaching and assessment practices of the centre. Students are also happy with the physical resources of the centre. Students met during EE visit virtually, expressed satisfaction with the clear guidance provided by tutors and assessors, and ease of accessing essential resources needed for assignment activities.
Staff views on college support are positive in relation to training and development activities and are highly committed to their college duties and appreciative of the time made available to them to carry out preparatory activities for programme delivery.