HEREFORDSHIRE and Ludlow College has been given a glowing report following an inspection of its university-level courses in February.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), who monitor teaching at universities and colleges, praised many of the college’s good features as part of its newly designed inspection style.

College Principal Ian Peake said: “This is a good result for the college – I am delighted that QAA has recognised the quality of our courses.”

The Folly Lane college – formerly the Herefordshire College of Technology – was celerated for its links with other universities.

HLC is an Associate College of the University of Worcester but also works in partnership with the University of Warwick.

These links allow the students to study on programmes that are best suited to them, but also best suited for what employers are looking for after they graduate.

The inspection was one of the first of its kind in the UK and scrutinised four key areas.

Those were the college’s ability to provided qualifications of an appropriate academic standard, the quality of student learning, the enhancement of those learning opportunities and the quality of information that is supplied to students.

Coming out well for the college were, amongst others, the design of its programmes, its ability to prepare students for further learning, and its support systems.