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Go Higher

We attract many higher education students from areas outside of Kirklees due to our reputation. Our higher education students believe they can go higher with Kirklees College.

Why study with us?

Our Higher Education programmes are taught through a mix of lectures, practical sessions and tutorials, by our highly-qualified higher education staff team.

Many of our tutors combine teaching with their own freelance careers and professional practice, helping students make the link between the classroom and the workplace.

Great results

We are justifiably proud of the successes of our students, both in terms of their academic success and also achieving their ultimate goal, whether that is promotion, a change of career or further progression in Higher Education.

Our annual graduation ceremony celebrates the successes and achievements of our students.

Flexibility

Our Higher National programmes have been designed to fit in with the requirements of busy lives.  Use this to find employment or continue with a further year of study to achieve a Higher National Diploma with us, or you can enter part-way on to a degree programme.

I’m hoping to go to uni and then go on to do teaching in a college environment, so further education.

Amelia Grey
Full time student of the year 2015, equine studies

I would encourage others to come to college because of all the options available.

Katie Houghton
Course: National diploma in Animal Care

The course has been life changing, I feel like I've moved into a new chapter. I've always loved the outdoors and the course has given me a greater understanding of what’s around me.

Rachael Burnett
Course: Countryside Management level 3

Very happy students!

The National Student Survey (NSS) gives final-year undergraduate students across the UK the opportunity to express their views on key aspects of their learning experiences at college or university. For the second year running, overall satisfaction of our students is amongst the highest in the region at 92%.

Teaching Excellence Framework

The Government is introducing a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) which aims to recognise and reward high quality teaching in higher education.

What is the TEF?

TEF is the Teaching Excellence Framework, introduced by the Government in 2016.

The main aims of the TEF are:

  • To provide clear information to students about where the best provision can be found.
  • To encourage providers to improve their teaching quality.
  • To help the UK drive productivity by ensuring a better match of graduate skills with the needs of employers and the economy.
  • To ensure better outcomes for all students, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

What does TEF mean for students?

  • The TEF will focus providers of higher education on the best teaching and provide students with high quality experiences and outcomes.
  • Each provider with a TEF award will be rated as Gold, Silver or Bronze.
  • It gives students an opportunity to work with their higher education providers to understand current performance including both highlighting areas of excellent teaching and identifying further improvements.
  • For future students, the TEF will provide clear information about the quality of teaching and where students have achieved the best outcomes, to inform their choices.

How does it work?

TEF is an annual exercise that will be implemented by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Participating colleges and universities make submissions that are a combination of data, for example the National Student Survey, along with a written submission.

Providers in England that achieve a TEF award will be able to maintain their fees in line with inflation.

What will be measured in 2017?

For 2016-17, TEF awards will be based on two sets of information from each college or university:

  1. Institution-wide data that is already collected, comprising teaching quality, learning environment (including student retention) and student outcomes (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).
  2. An evidenced narrative of teaching and learning activities that demonstrate they exceed the established expectations for teaching quality as used by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

Where are we with the TEF?

The TEF is currently in its second year of development. In Year 1, Kirklees College had a successful QA review which meant that we met the expectations rating in the first part of the TEF.

 

TEF Year 2 assesses teaching quality, learning environment, and student outcomes. The College will provide a 15 page document to evaluate and promote the standard of teaching at Kirklees. This report will then be reviewed by a pool of assessors and a panel of experts to determine our rating.

The deadlines for submission is in January 2017, and awards will be announced in May.

What will be measured in 2017?

For 2016-17, TEF awards will be based on two sets of information from each college or university:

  1. Institution-wide data that is already collected, comprising teaching quality, learning environment (including student retention) and student outcomes (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).
  2. An evidenced narrative of teaching and learning activities that demonstrate they exceed the established expectations for teaching quality as used by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

If you have any questions about the TEF at Kirklees College, please contact Andrea Clarke, Head of Higher Education.

Students’ guide to TEF

A useful guide for students with many of the key points of the TEF and how it will effect students in the present and future.

student guide teaching excellence

News

There’s going to be a Kirklees College Takeover at the Huddersfield Town versus Newcastle match on Saturday March 4.

Kirklees College’s new principal Marie Gilluley has started her new role as Principal and Chief Executive and is looking forward to the challenges it will bring.

Students selected for exceptional achievement or major progress at Kirklees College attended a glittering awards ceremony to receive their prize.

Initial work has started this week to clear the land which will see two brand new educational facilities built in the heart of Dewsbury town centre.

A recent Government report states that the existing arrangements for post 16 education and training in Kirklees are the best option for the area.

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