10 good reasons
Ten good reasons to choose Oxford & Cherwell Valley College to study for your higher education qualification:
1. High levels of student satisfaction – in the National Student Survey for 2010/11, 95% of respondents agreed that they were satisfied with the quality of their (Higher Education) course at the College, which is 12% above the national average.
2. Quality Assured – The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) recently published a report on the College's management of Higher Education in which it awarded the College the highest possible outcome of 'confidence' in the College's management of Academic Standards and the Quality of Learning Opportunities.
3. Individual support – The QAA also recognised a number of areas of good practice during its review of the College, which included a specific reference to student support: "The College has developed a proactive approach to student support strongly focused on the needs of the individual student".
4. High student retention rate - The College is proud of the fact that 96% of higher education students remain on their chosen programme of study each year.
5. Relatively small student groups - the College maintains group sizes of approximately 15 students to ensure that students receive the individual support and access to resources that they need to succeed.
6. Strong University partnerships – The College works closely with a number of University partners to ensure that it can provide progression opportunities into higher education, which meet the demands of local students and employers.
7. Access to resources – Students enrolled on any of the Colleges' higher education programmes which lead to a University award will have access to the resources at the College as well as the awarding University
8. Employer focused – All of the Colleges higher education programmes provide opportunities for students to develop the skills and attributes which employers are increasingly demanding. These opportunities include placements, 'live' projects, workplace visits, guest lectures and the opportunity to compete in local, regional and national competitions.
9. Reduce the cost of studying – By studying locally, students have saved the costs of accommodation and living away from home. In addition, the tuition fees for Foundation Degrees are lower than those charged for Honours Degrees and the vast majority of our students effectively combine work with study and find that this provides a number of complementary benefits.
10. High achievement – an average of 98% of final year higher education students at the College achieve their qualification and a significant number progress onto the final year of an honours degree at the awarding university.