University College Birmingham Ofsted Report

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University College Birmingham Ofsted Report

Information about the provider

  1. University College Birmingham (UCB) is a specialist Higher Education Institution (HEI) offering vocational education, training and development to mainly the hospitality and catering, tourism, sport and leisure, hair and beauty, and early years and care sectors. UCB is based in the centre of Birmingham and delivers training to further education (FE) students from foundation to advanced level. Approximately 40% of all UCB students are enrolled onto FE programmes.
  2. Following the previous Ofsted inspection in 2004, UCB has changed its name from Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies, gained university college status and been awarded Beacon status. UCB is funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) for its FE provision.
  3. Birmingham is classified as an area with levels of deprivation which are significantly higher than the national average. In 2009/10, 62% of

Birmingham’s population classified themselves as white. At the time of the inspection, 55% of students were white. Qualification levels for Birmingham residents are lower than the national average.

  1. UCB’s mission is ‘To promote and provide the opportunity for participation in the learning process by those with the ambition and commitment to succeed and to maintain a learning community that meets the diverse needs of our students, the economy and society at large.
  2. This scope of the inspection focused on most of the FE provision offered. The area not in scope was teacher assistant learning support.
  3. UCB provides training on behalf of the following provider:
    • Bournville College
  1. The following organisation provides training on behalf of UCB:
    • Barford School

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Type of provisionNumber of enrolled learners in
Provision for young learners:179 part-time learners
Further education (16 to18)
1,212 full-time learners
Provision for adult learners:342 full-time learners
Further education (19+)
843 part-time learners

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