HCUC (Harrow College & Uxbridge College)

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HCUC (Harrow College & Uxbridge College)


Name HCUC (Harrow College & Uxbridge College)
Website http://www.hcuc.ac.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 12 May 2008
Address Park Road, Uxbridge, UB8 1NQ
Phone Number 01895853333
Type General Further Education and Tertiary
Age Range 16-99
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Hillingdon
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Description of the provider

1. Uxbridge College is a large general further education college located in Hillingdon, West London. It has campuses in Uxbridge and Hayes and attracts students from a wide area. Qualification and skill levels in Hillingdon are below average, by London and national standards. Twenty-seven per cent of working age residents have qualifications below level 2. The college offers courses in all sector subject areas apart from land-based programmes. Courses range from entry level to level 4 and include courses for school pupils aged 14 to 16, mainly in vocational areas. Seventy-five per cent of the 4,153 full-time students are aged 16 to 18. Ninety-three per cent of the 1,258 part-time students are

Main findings

Achievement and standards Outstanding: Grade 1 13. Achievement and standards are outstanding. The self-assessment report contains detailed and accurate analysis of student performance data. Success rates on long qualifications have risen substantially since the last inspection and in 2005/06 they were 14 percentage points above the national average. In 2006/07 the high success rate rose from 81% in 2005/06 to 82%. Success rates are high for students of all ages and at all levels and both retention and pass rates are above average at all levels. Students make significantly better progress at A level than expected, based on their previous attainment at GCSE, but the proportion of high-grade passes is below average. The progress made by students on almost all qualifications and at all levels is good. Students make particularly good progress on A levels, BTEC national diplomas, GCSEs and national vocational qualifications at level 2. Success rates on Train to Gain programmes are outstanding. Framework completion rates for the small number of work-based learners are satisfactory. Key skills success rates were low in 2006/07 but they were much higher previously. Students are making good progress with key skills this year. Success rates for 14 to 16 year old students are satisfactory. Success rates on short qualifications are satisfactory. 14. Sixty-nine per cent of students overall are of black and minority ethnic heritage. Success rates for all ethnic groups of students are very high. Success rates for both male and female students are high. Students receiving additional learning support achieve success rates that are higher than the average for the college. Student progression and destination rates are high. 15. The college has a strong focus on improving students’ punctuality and attendance and good improvements have been made in most curriculum areas. Attendance and punctuality in most lessons are satisfactory or better although issues remain on some engineering and arts and media courses. 16. Students’ achievement and their acquisition of practical and workplace skills are good. They work safely and cooperatively. Students are confident and polite, and demonstrate mutual respect for each other and their teachers. Events organised through the student council enable students to make a very positive contribution to the community. These include, for example, involvement in external consultations about community development projects, taking part in the neighbourhood clean up event, and participating in charitable events. Students work effectively in groups and on individual tasks. Work experience and the good development of personal skills enable students to prepare effectively for their future economic well-being. Advanced level students critically analyse and evaluate topics effectively. Students enjoy their learning and achieve well. Quality of provision Good: Grade 2