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BMet’s degree courses achieve UK quality mark

BMet College has been awarded a quality mark for its provision of university-level courses for UK and international students. A review by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) confirmed the college meets the national requirements for standards and quality for its learning provision across Birmingham and the Black Country.

A team of QAA reviewers visited the College and judged that its academic standards, the quality and enhancement of its student learning opportunities and the quality of information about its learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.

Andrew Cleaves, BMet Principal and Chief Executive, commented: “The College is extremely pleased that QAA recognise the strength of our provision. The report is an accurate assessment of our commitment to providing high quality opportunities for all our university-level students.

“We are proud that QAA acknowledges our strategic approach to delivering courses that equip students with the skills to become effective employees.”

Examples of the college’s good practice included its effective partnerships with awarding bodies and its wide range of teaching and learning initiatives. BMet was also commended for developing an integrative approach towards its provision by combining its business and academic planning processes.

Andrew Cleaves continued: “This endorsement ensures the College can look forward to progressing even more of our students through an increasing number of higher level skills based programmes such as Higher Apprenticeships.

“A huge thank you must go to all students, staff, our partner universities and employers for supporting this review and our delivery of higher education.”

The college offers 30 HNC, HND, Foundation Degrees and full honours programmes, in business, health and medical, engineering, creative arts, sport and teaching and education. These are delivered in partnership with local universities including Aston University Birmingham City University, Staffordshire University, the University of Wolverhampton and the University of Worcester.

QAA’s Higher Education Reviews are carried out by experts from other universities and colleges. The review team included a student reviewer, because QAA believes that students should be partners in the quality assurance of their education.

The team that reviewed Birmingham Metropolitan College comprised Claire Alfrey (Canterbury Christ church University), Dorothy McElwee (North West Regional College), Dr Hayley Randle (Cornwall College) and Alam Mahbubul (student reviewer from London South Bank University).

Click here to read this institution’s latest review report.

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