Information about UCSD

UCSD is committed to providing accessible information for anyone who has an interest in Higher Education at South Devon College. In doing so, we aim to:

• communicate the purpose and value of Higher Education to the public at large
• to help prospective students make informed decisions about where, what, when and how they will study
• to enable current students to make the most of their higher education learning opportunities
• to confirm the achievements of students on the completion of their studies
• to safeguard academic standards and assure and enhance academic quality

Given this, not all information about Higher Education provision is in the public domain, but that certain information is signposted in a targeted fashion (QAA Chapter C).

Consumer Rights for UCSD students can be found here.

Information about Quality and Standards

QAA-Quality-MarkSouth Devon College was reviewed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) as part of the Higher Education Review (HER) in December 2014. This process, similar to Ofsted, is how the QAA ensures that the quality of higher education delivered meets the relevant standard required for the awards each institution offers. 

The review in December 2014, judged the quality of student learning opportunities and the enhancement of student learning opportunities as commended. The full review can be read here and the Action Plan here.


Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

University Centre South Devon (UCSD) has been awarded the highest rating of ‘Gold’ under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), a system for recognising excellent teaching and learning in higher education.

The TEF assessment process is delivered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The framework assesses higher education institutions against criteria including drop-out rates and progression to highly skilled employment and is part of the government’s plans for raising standards in higher education. It also gives students more information so that they can make informed decisions when deciding which university to attend. South  Devon College TEF assessment summary can be found here.

Academic Regulations

Academic Regulations are the rules that apply to Higher Education Programmes at South Devon College. The links below will provide you with the relevant Regulations depending on who awards your qualification.

South Devon College

Higher Education Academic Policies and Procedures

Policies and Procedures set out the way South Devon and the Awarding Bodies deliver the Regulations for Higher Education Programmes at South Devon College. The links below provide you with relevant Policies and Procedures for your programmes.

Academic Regulations and Procedures and Apply to all Students


Academic Regulations and Procedures and apply to Students on University of Plymouth validated programmes.

HE Student Academic Complaints Procedure UoP

University of Plymouth Examination and Assessment Offences Procedure

University of Plymouth Extenuating Circumstances Policy and Procedure

Academic Regulations and Procedures and Apply to Students on South Devon College Degrees and Diploma in Education and Training.


Information on how to apply and programmes of study

Each course has its own Programme Quality Handbook which is accessible from the individual course pages.

Each student will have access to the Student and College University Handbook and the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Handbook for their programme following enrolment.

Student Representation

The College recognises that the views of students, individually and collectively, should inform the quality systems with the purpose of improving the student educational experience both for current and future cohorts. Student involvement in quality can have a positive influence on the deliver and development of any aspect of the student educational experience. The HE Student Engagement strategy explains the many ways in which students can participate in quality enhancement and assurance, which includes, but is not restricted to representation of the student view through formal representation mechanisms.

Partnerships with awarding bodies

Some qualifications for Higher Education are awarded and validated by the University of Plymouth. More details about the University of Plymouth can be found on this page. With a mission to ‘advance knowledge and transform lives through education and research’, Plymouth University is among the emerging global elite of modern higher education institutions. Ranked in the top 300 universities in the world (and the number one post-1992 universities in the UK) by Times Higher Education, Plymouth is distinguished by its ‘off-the-curve’ approach, combining world-class research and teaching with a commitment to widening participation and social inclusion.

Other related policies and procedures

These Policies, Procedures and Strategies support the operations of Higher Education Programmes at University Centre South Devon.


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