Quality Assurance




SAE Education Ltd received a commendable outcome from the review visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) in 2016 and submitted an annual return in April 2017 that demonstrates that it is continuing to maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of student learning opportunities and information about learning opportunities. 


Higher Education Review by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) 

SAE Education Ltd was reviewed by the QAA under its Higher Education Review scheme in June 2016 and successfully met UK expectations in all areas of assessment, with two commendations and seven areas of good practice identified. 

The QAA review team formed the following judgements about the higher education provision at SAE Education Limited.

  • The maintenance of the academic standards of awards offered on behalf of the degree awarding body meets UK expectations.
  • The quality of student learning opportunities is commended.
  • The quality of the information about learning opportunities meets UK expectations.
  • The enhancement of student learning opportunities is commended.

The full HER report can be found here

You can also view our resulting Action Plan in left-hand tab, which details how we will build upon the seven areas of Good Practice the review team identified.  


SAE Education Ltd QAA Action Plan 

Below is our resulting Action Plan detailing how we will build upon the seven areas of Good Practice the review team identified.  

Findings Actions to be taken Action by Success indicators Date for Completion
The development and use of the information management system which provides a highly effective tool for the delivery, assessment, monitoring and review of programmes and provision of records for students and alumni (A2.2, B2, B3, B6 and B8).
Enhance further functionality of the student management system to include a rolling action plan which provides enhanced academic oversight, for campus leadership and Senior academic staff, on the effective monitoring, data capture and improvement of programmes and modules.
Directorate of Academic and Student Services (DASS) Enhanced use of data and reporting at campus and subject level to inform learner enhancement SAE’s strategic goals. April 2017

The effective resourcing and support for staff development which promotes learning and teaching practice that is informed by reflection, scholarship and industry needs. (B3).

Maximise CPD opportunities for academic staff by introducing support for FHEA applications.

Establish trimester seminars for staff to share best practice on their research, scholarly, creative and professional practice.

Executive Leadership Team

UK Academic Coordinators and Programme Coordinators to achieve FHEA by September 2017.

Minutes of Learning and Teaching Committee.

September 2017

March 2017

The effective integration of professional and academic support which enables students to develop their academic, personal and professional potential (B4 & Enhancement).
To continue to enhance student orientation which integrates the academic, personal and professional development of students through (i) online, asynchronous content of the programme requirements and expectations (ii) better engagement of industry culture to link programme requirements to industry expectations (iii) Engage professional student welfare organisations to provide on-campus sessions on student support during orientation week (iv) Embed Library service introductory sessions in orientation week and make this content available for self paced online access, including study skills tasks to encourage active exploration of the services and resources.

Develop student support guidelines for all campuses in line with Pastoral Support Policy.

Develop peer/student mentoring scheme to help support students and increase student participation.

Learning and Teaching Committee





Positive student feedback on orientation week from online orientation survey and increased attendance and retention rates.


June 2017

February 2017


April 2017

The inclusive, accessible and clear assessment guidelines which comprehensively support student understanding of the assessment objectives, criteria and process (B6).

Implementation of Project Based Learning as (i) enhancement of student engagement (ii) employability skills embedded as iterative development and (iii) authentic learner experience.

Learning and Teaching Committee
Minor Reviews of programmes and modules with metrics to support achievement of Learning Outcomes and inform enhancement.

Minutes of Learning and Teaching Committee.

April 2017

The effective moderation of assessment and standardised marking which ensures consistency in the award of credit and qualifications across campuses (B6 and A3.2)

Development and effective use of grading rubrics for all programmes.

Academic Standards and Quality Committee
Minor Reviews of programmes and modules.

Feedback from staff assessment training workshops.

Minutes of Academic Standards and Quality Committee.

June 2017

The strategic approach to the development of the Alumni Network which provides extensive opportunities for students to share practice, and enhances their personal development and progression into creative media professions (Enhancement)
To continue to connect with notable alumni who are leading professionals in the creative industries to provide profiles, give masterclasses, offer guest lectures along with mentoring and careers advice.


To develop further the programme of extra-curricular (SAE Extra) events bringing alumni, students, prospective students and industry professionals together on our campuses.


Develop the SAE Hub social network on each of our four campuses beginning with a launch on the London Campus.


To grow our presence on social media and networking sites such as Instagram and LinkedIn to support all of the above.

Director of Communications, Brand and Marketing and Campus Managers

Alumni profiles online.


SAE Extra Programme.
Student feedback (Student Reps Forums, Boards of Studies)
DHLE Survey Creative.


SAE HUB Programme.



Social media metrics (likes and follows) - monthly marketing snapshot.

June 2017


June 2017


January 2017


June 2017

The integrated multi-functional online platform which provides a wide range of accessible information to all stakeholders and enhances the learning environment (Enhancement and C
Enhancement of learner experience with improvements in the VLE with:


(i) integration of Library Management System into VLE.

(ii) use of VLE as a communication tool across all four campuses.

(iii) benchmarking thresholds standards for technology enhanced learning for diversity and quality of content. 





Programme Committees


Students express satisfaction with the VLE system through orientation and module feedback mechanisms.

Staff feedback from Programme Committees.

Monitor and report on staff and student user activity.


May 2017 


April 2017


June 2017