Pearson College London recognised in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced by the Government to build evidence about the performance of the UK’s world-class higher education sector, complementing the existing Research Excellence Framework with an analysis of teaching and learning outcomes.

Pearson College London voluntarily took part in the TEF. As a new alternative provider, we do not yet have sufficient data to be fully assessed, however, as we have met rigorous national quality requirements, we have been recognised with a Provisional Award. We believe that it is important to drive up the standard of teaching and give students clear, understandable information about the institutions that they are considering studying within.

The TEF awards were decided by an independent panel of experts including academics, students and employer representatives. Drawing on national data, and evidence submitted by each university or college, the TEF measures excellence in three areas: teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.

Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, said:

"The TEF measures the things that students themselves say they care about: high-quality, engaged teaching and a supportive, stimulating learning environment which equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential, and then to progress to a good job or further study."

The TEF results and the evidence used in the assessment can be found at The TEF awards will also be published on Unistats and the UCAS website, alongside other information, to help inform prospective students’ choices.

Further Notes

  • The Teaching Excellence Framework - the first scheme of its kind - recognises excellent teaching and learning across the UK’s world-class higher education sector.
    In order to be considered for a TEF rating, higher education providers have to meet demanding national quality requirements. The TEF measures excellence above and beyond this.
    The full list of ratings for each higher education provider is published at, together with the metrics, statements of findings and the submissions provided in support of the assessments.
    The TEF awards are decided by an independent panel of experts, including academics, students and employer representatives. Universities and colleges are assessed against a set of measures which use national data and evidence submitted by the university or college. 
  • The TEF measures teaching excellence in three key areas:
    • Teaching quality: teaching that stimulates and challenges students, and maximises their engagement with their studies
    • Learning environment: the effectiveness of resources and activities (such as libraries, laboratories and work experience) which support learning and improve retention, progression and attainment.
    • Student outcomes: the extent to which all students achieve their educational and professional goals, in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • The metrics measure student satisfaction, retention, and progression to employment. The metrics take account of differences in student characteristics, entry qualifications and subjects studied. This allowed the assessors to judge teaching excellence and outcomes for the specific students taught in each university or college.
  • The TEF rating for a given provider is:
    • Gold for delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK
    • Silver for delivering high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education
    • Bronze for delivering teaching, learning and outcomes for its students that meet rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education. 
    • Providers that meet rigorous national quality requirements but which do not yet have sufficient data to be fully assessed may opt-in for a provisional award. 
  • An award will be valid for up to three years.
  • For more information on the TEF visit

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About Pearson College 
A university education, powered by industry experience.

Industry engagement is at the core of everything that we do; it’s the key to delivering our vision of empowering the people that will change the world.

Our mission is clear: to become the UK’s leading university for in-depth industry engagement. Our academic schools are united by our mantra “designed, developed, delivered by industry” and we ensure our students graduate industry ready, as their career starts from day one.

Our students are taught by experts who have all worked in their respective industries and they’re mentored by leaders within industry too. They get to deliver on live industry briefs and attend industry workshops led by some of the world’s most reputable organisations. We work with industry giants from Unilever, L’Oreal, WPP and IBM, to Framestore, Double NegativeMPC and The Mill, and that’s what sets us apart.

When you combine higher education and industry, everyone benefits. Especially when there’s a need for graduates to stand out from the crowd in a competitive market.  Industry engagement drives us; it’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. And it is what will take us, and our students, into the future.