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We don't distinguish the decision you're making about your academic future from the one you're making about your life ANDREW BREWERTON — Principal

Accreditation and Memberships

Plymouth College of Art is proud to be a member of and receive accreditation by a number of organisations for our business and education provision. We are also proud to work in partnership with prestigious organisations to delivered shared aims.


The Open University

Plymouth College of Art is a fully accredited partner institution of The Open University (OU). Our BA (Hons) and Masters awards, validated by The Open University, are a hallmark of academic quality that guarantees the international currency of your qualification. 

Awarding Organisations
Plymouth College of Art is accredited by the following Awarding Organisations to deliver courses with qualifications:

  • OCR
  • Pearson
  • NCFE
  • City and Guilds
  • ABC Awards
  • PAAVQset
  • University of the Arts London
  • Trinity College London


The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education safeguard quality and standards in UK universities and colleges so that students have the best possible learning experience. Plymouth College of Art is a subscriber institution to QAA inspection and review services.

Creative Skillset Tick

Plymouth College of Art offers a range of apprenticeships specifically designed for the Creative Industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is an invaluable tool for employers, highlighting courses and apprenticeships which offer the highest level of teaching facilities and the greatest industry links. Plymouth College of Art has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick for our Photo Imaging; Fashion and Textiles, and Creative Digital Media Apprenticeship programmes.

Children's University

Plymouth College of Art is a Children's University Learning Destination. We are recognised by the Children's University as a provider of accredited learning opportunities for 5 - 14-year-olds. Children aged 5-14 who attend our Young Arts Club, or 14-year-olds who participate in Plymouth City Council's Summer Mix programme at the College, can collect 'stamps' to record hours of learning which contribute to the award of a certificate.


The matrix Standard is the unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services. Plymouth College of Art has held the matrix Standard for its advice and support services since 2007.  The standard demonstrates the high level of support given to students during their studies here at the College in order to help them achieve their goals and make informed career choices.

Positive About Disabled People (Two Tick Mark)

We are pleased to confirm that the College has retained its kite mark for a further year as a two-tick employer.  We have retained this symbol by committing to interviewing all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for job vacancies and to consider them on their abilities; discussing with disabled employees what the College can do to make sure they can develop and use their abilities; ensuring that every effort is made to ensure that an employee who becomes disabled can stay in employment, and ensuring that annual disability awareness events take place and keep these commitments under review each year.

Social Enterprise Gold Mark

Plymouth College of Art has been awarded the Social Enterprise Gold Mark by Social Enterprise Mark CIC. The prestigious Gold Mark, which was first launched at the House of Commons in 2014, was awarded to the college at the national Broadening Horizons conference in Winchester, making us equal-third, amongst UK university sector institutions, to bear the Gold Mark. The Gold Mark offers enhanced accreditation to social enterprises which can demonstrate social enterprise excellence. It’s about measuring what makes a social enterprise excellent, and how they can continue to improve their impact. The Social Enterprise Mark and Gold Mark is the only internationally available social enterprise accreditation scheme, enabling organisations to prove they are in business primarily to create benefits for people and planet, providing a guarantee of a commitment to creating positive social change. Read more.


Following a short Ofsted inspection on 23 and 24 May 2017, Plymouth College of Art is pleased to announce that the result of the inspection was judged to be “good,” maintaining the outcome of the college’s last inspection in May 2013. In the face of developments in the structure and location of FE teaching at the college itself, and the changing educational and political landscape in the UK, this result is a significant recognition of the college’s ongoing commitment to pre-degree education as part of a continuum of creative learning and practice in the region, which extends from the age of three at Plymouth School of Creative Arts, to Masters level study at the college.

Plymouth College of Art Short Inspection Ofsted Report June 2017

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Bronze

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that as a higher education provider, we deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for our students that meet rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education. 

Read the statement of findings here.


Association of Colleges
The Association of Colleges (AoC) exists to represent and promote the interests of colleges and provide members with professional support services. As a member College of AoC, Plymouth College of Art is a part of the largest network of Colleges in the UK. 

National Art&Design Saturday Club
Plymouth College of Art is part of the growing network of institutions who offer free Saturday art and design classes for 14-16 year olds under the Sorrell Foundation's National Art&Design Saturday Club scheme (NADSC). Plymouth's own Saturday Arts Club has provided an influential model for the development of the now country-wide Saturday Club programme and Plymouth College of Art Principal, Andrew Brewerton, sits on the steering committee for the NADSC.

Creative & Cultural Skills 
Plymouth College of Art is an education partner and proud member of the network of colleges and businesses around the UK who support Creative & Cultural Skills' Building a Creative Nation campaign.