Inspectors give mixed verdict on Hartlepool college

Hartlepool Sixth Form College.
Hartlepool Sixth Form College.

A Hartlepool college has received a mainly positive report from a higher education watchdog - but it does have areas in which it needs to improve.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has published a report on standards and quality at Hartlepool Sixth Form College following its review in January 2015.

A team of QAA reviewers visited the college off Blakelock Avenue, where 100 students are studying for a Foundation Degree in Law.

The inspectors judged that the college’s academic standards, the quality of its student learning opportunities, and the information about its learning opportunities, do meet UK expectations.

But the report says that the enhancement of its student learning opportunities requires improvement to bring it up to the expected standard.

Principal of the college Alex Fau-Goodwin, said: “The College was pleased to receive the positive feedback from the QAA visit.

“Higher education is an important element of the college provision, and we are now hoping to grow this provision over the next few years to offer a high quality higher education experience for our students.

“The College is working closely with Sunderland University and is making good progress to address the area identified for improvement in the report.

“Feedback from students on the current Foundation Degree in Law was extremely positive, and recruitment for September is good.

“Any prospective students who would like to know more about our courses for September should visit the College website for further information.’