Higher Education at Grantham College

QAA Approved Courses

In February 2016, Grantham College was awarded the prestigious QAA quality mark for University level courses.  QAA is similar to Ofsted in that they review the quality of teaching, learning and outcomes for students across four key areas, all of which met the standard at Grantham.

  • The maintenance of the academic standards of awards offered on behalf of degree-awarding bodies and/or other awarding organisations;

  • The quality of student learning opportunities;

  • The quality of the information about learning opportunities;

  • The enhancement of student learning opportunities;

  • Having QAA approval means that the courses being offered at Grantham College are of the same standard as those being delivered in larger Universities. 

The full QAA report can be found here

Higher Education Action Plan

Download a copy of Grantham’s HER action plan (.doc)

National Student Survey (NSS)

We are so good at delivering University level courses that we achieved 95% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016.  This fantastic result places Grantham College 13 percentage points above the national benchmark, in the top 9 colleges in the UK and demonstrates that we have the most satisfied University level students in Lincolnshire (when compared to other FE colleges).

Access and Participation Statement

Grantham College is committed to equality, diversity & inclusion as outlined here http://www.grantham.ac.uk/our-college/equality-diversity/ . We also aim to break down barriers to higher education and widen access to and participation in Higher Education amongst our local communities and especially those typically underrepresented in Higher Education. We do this in a number of ways which have successfully seen participation in our Higher Education programmes grow significantly over recent years. Examples of the actions taken include:

  • Designing our HE programmes to meet individual and employer needs.
  • Offering a variety and flexible modes of attendance and blended learning.
  • Ensuring our HE programmes are priced competitively.
  • Providing excellent advice and guidance on the range of financial support available.
  • Using HEFCE funds to widen participation and support those experiencing difficulty accessing higher education.
  • Supporting and participating in outreach programmes such as LINCHIGHER https://linchigher.co.uk/
  • Attending local high schools, primary schools and employers to promote our locally accessible HE offer.

Impact of our Access and Participation actions

The Colleges commitment to widening participation in HE within the local community is important given that POLAR4 data for the college postcode (NG31 9AP):http://www.hefce.ac.uk/analysis/yp/POLAR/  shows low levels of participation for both young people and adults, both scoring 2 out of 5 quintiles where 1 is the lowest participation quintile. The college is responding well and encouraging participation from areas where it has been historically low. The contextual TEF POLAR data for the college shows that 57% of Grantham College HE enrolments come from quintiles 1 to 3 with 39% from the lowest participation in HE quintiles 1 and 2. Although the college postcode is in the 3rd quintile for IMD data: https://tools.npeu.ox.ac.uk/imd/ , the map for the local area shows significant pockets of deprivation:http://dclgapps.communities.gov.uk/imd/idmap.html , the contextual TEF data on IMD for Grantham College shows that a majority of HE enrolments come from quintiles 1 to 3 with 34% from the most deprived quintiles 1 and 2.   

Higher Education/University Level Finance

All students paying tuition fees can apply to Student Finance England for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover all or part of their fee, whether studying on a full time or part time Higher Education course. This does not have to be paid back until you have graduated and are earning over £25,725 a year. For more information contact our Student Finance Officer, Jo Bowman on 01476 400281.

For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. Grantham College is an approved provider with OfS registration.


Please enquire directly with our Student Information team on 0800 0521 577.

How to apply for Finance and Student Loans

Students can apply for finance online by visiting: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

Higher Education Handbook 2018/2019

Download the Student Higher Education Handbook here.