What Ranking Will Your Degree Course Receive?
Written by Janeeta Matharu on 19 March 2018
Various degree courses will soon have a gold, silver, and bronze rating system to help students choose which course to study before embarking their journey in further education, as reported by BBC.
The rating system will be a new tool, and the ratings will be based on the actual teaching quality of the course. However, students will not be able to use the new system, to choose which course they would like to study, until 2020.
Rating the teaching at the courses available to students is a new procedure the government is attempting to carry out, as a way to be tough on universities, as students are charged roughly £30,000 to study a three-year undergraduate course.
Universities Minister, Sam Gyimah, shared her thoughts on the matter, “Prospective students deserve to know which courses deliver great teaching and great outcomes – and which ones are lagging behind.”
“In the age of the student, universities will no longer be able to hide if their teaching quality is not up to the world-class standard that we expect.”
Choosing a course at university can often be a complicated process, as it is what a student will devote the next three years of their life to, and to help them enter into the world of employment, once having completed their further studies.
Some of the UK’s leading universities have been rated the lowest rank, bronze, under the new system.
According to The Teaching Excellence Framework, the London School of Economics (LSE), Southampton, Liverpool, Goldsmiths and the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas), was awarded bronze, and these are some of the most popular universities in the country.
A university that is bestowed with a gold award, means that the university is one of the highest quality of education that one could receive. Silver is for the universities that continue to be superior and exceed with the quality and level of their of teaching, and bronze is awarded to those who meet the national requirements.
For more information on how the system will work, please visit hefce.ac.uk.