Accreditation and Inspection
British Accreditation Council
Westfield House is accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) for Independent Further and Higher Education. BAC accreditation is recognized internationally as the clearest mark of quality in the private sector. The award of accreditation is subject to an institution meeting standards established and periodically reviewed by BAC.
The accreditation process involves a rigorous on-site inspection focusing on five areas: premises and health and safety; management, staffing and administration; student welfare; teaching, learning and assessment; and the management of quality. Not only must an accredited institution meet and continue to meet the specific minimum standards listed for each of these areas but the inspection report must also find that the overall standard of provision in each area is satisfactory before accreditation will be awarded.
School Inspection Service
As of 1 September 2015, Westfield House is inspected by the School Inspection Service (SIS), an approved educational oversight body authorised by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) section of the Home Office to inspect privately funded further education colleges in England, with a clear religious purpose. Inspection by SIS is designed to assess the college’s compliance with the SIS College Standards. The Standards cover the quality of education and welfare provided to all students, including those from overseas who are sponsored by the college for Tier 4 visas, and, where applicable, those under eighteen and vulnerable adults. Inspection provides objective and reliable reports on the extent to which colleges meet the Standards. By placing reports in the public domain, the information they contain is available to students, the UKVI, and the wider community.
The first SIS inspection took place in May 2016. The conclusion of the inspection was that Westfield House “meets all the required standards”. The report can be read on the SIS website.