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Higher Education

Peterborough College delivers a range of Higher Education courses in Engineering and Construction which are accredited by Pearson EdExcel.  In addition to this PRC also provide a range of Level 4 qualifications in professional and teaching related subjects.  The Peterborough Regional College Higher Education provision complies with the regulatory expectations of OfS, QAA and satisfies the relevant student protection measures.  To ensure we support students and protect their interests during the course of their study, we are required to publish our Student Protection Plan and Access and Participation Statement.

  • The Student Protection Plan ensures that you are given accurate information prior to application and outlines the College’s responsibilities during your study.
  • The Access and Participation Statement demonstrates how we will support students from all backgrounds to achieve their potential.

Although you will spend a majority of your time studying in the Peterborough Regional College building you will also have access to the University Centre facility for the following:

  • Access to Student Support who help with welfare and on course guidance should you experience any issues or barriers to study.
  • Admissions to ensure that you receive timely information and the relevant contractual information prior to and during your studies.
  • Academic Support which includes Study Excellence sessions, employability events and extra-curricular activities.
  • Access to the HE Student Officer who is a current student employed to represent the views of the student body. They work closely with student representatives and also individual students. You will find contact details in your course handbook and also on the PRC Moodle.

The links below will take you to detailed course information as well as provide a clear overview of the following: under Higher Education Courses you will find details of the Higher National provision.

– Course Overview and Assessment
– Tuition fees and course costs
– Entry requirements
– Terms and Conditions
– Complaints policy
– Academic Regulations and Academic Practice
– Timetable information including recommended class contact and you self-directed and independent study requirement. you will find details of our HE Student Charter, relevant terms and conditions and policies.

We will also send the relevant terms and conditions to you in your offer letter and make you aware of them at enrolment and during induction.  It is important that you read and understand them before commencing study with us. We have open days and applicant days which are published on the UCP website, so please come and visit us so we can discuss your interests, any queries you may have and individual needs.  We will also send this information to you when you have made an enquiry or submitted an application.

Understanding the relationship between University Centre Peterborough and Peterborough Regional College

University Centre Peterborough is located on Peterborough Regional College’s campus on Park Crescent and offers degree courses in a range of subjects; some of which enable you to progress from your Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma.  As a Peterborough Regional College HE student you are able to access the facilities in UCP as highlighted above.

University Centre Peterborough (UCP) was formed in 2007 and is a joint venture between Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and Peterborough Regional College (PRC). University Centre Peterborough opened its purpose built £9 million facility in November 2009 on the campus of PRC. The joint venture agreement outlines the responsibilities of both parties for managing academic standards.

Anglia Ruskin University is the lead provider for degrees and post –graduate provision at University Centre Peterborough.

HNC & HND Awards: Summer 2020 Update due to Covid-19

 Due to the significant vocational nature of some Units and their assessment, Pearson, the awarding body of Higher National qualification have announced guidelines to the award process in Summer 2020.  This will only affect a very small number of HN students completing this academic year (2019-20).  The students affected have all been informed and the College we will continue to support them.

FT and PT students scheduled to complete in 2020
For a HN semester 2 unit where assessment criterion is of a practical nature, e.g. laboratory experiment, field work, using machinery and specialist software and cannot be substituted by and alternative assessment (based on Pearson guidelines), a calculated result approach will be taken.  This will be in accordance with Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) rules and regulations. Communication has been made with students in this situation. Calculated Unit results and normal assessment results will be confirmed following the Awards Board process.

FT and PT students scheduled to complete in 2021
For one HN unit where assessment criterion is of a practical nature, e.g. laboratory experiment, field work, using machinery and specialist software and cannot be substituted by and alternative assessment (based on Pearson guidelines), the assessment (and necessary pre-assessment training / delivery) will be delayed until next year when UCP/PRC resume safe face to face operation. . Communication has been made with students in this situation. Results from all other Units will be confirmed following the Awards Board process.

Pearson’s guidance is available from

OIA Annual Statements
The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) handles complaints against higher education institutions once students have exhausted the institution’s internal complaints procedures. The OIA Annual Statement provides contextual information for the handling of any complaints made about the Peterborough Regional College  to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA), and their outcomes following OIA investigations. For the calendar year ended 31 December 2019, we are pleased to report no complaints have been referred for investigation by the OIA. OIA Annual Statement

Annual statements for all providers can be viewed on the OIA’s website. To view statements for individual universities, click on “search for a provider” and type in the name of the university for which you wish to see the statement.

Office for Students – Data Transparency


The information published shows:

  • The number of applications for admission on to recognised, undergraduate higher education courses that we have received from UK domiciled applicants.
  • The number of offers we have made in relation to those applications.
  • The number of those offers accepted and the number of those who have registered with us.
  • The number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us.

It also shows these numbers by reference to:

  • The gender of the individuals to which they relate
  • Their ethnicity
  • Their socio-economic background.

It is important to note that the data presented has not been contextualised. This means, for example, that you will not be able to see from this data how many of those applying to courses met the entry criteria. It is also the case that universities and colleges will often receive many more applications than they have spaces on courses and so offer rates will necessarily be lower than application rates in those circumstances.

Are you thinking of transferring course or university?
Whether you are an existing student, or from another university or college, if you are considering a change in direction we can help you make the right choice. Please read the following document for more information: Transferring course or university

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