2017 is turning into a year of success for South and City College Birmingham. With a successful merger with Bournville College, an array of awards and accolades, the launch of a new academy, it’s fair to say the College is going from strength to strength.

Earlier this year, the College celebrated being awarded a Silver medal rating for the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for Higher Education. The TEF recognises excellence in teaching, the learning environment and student outcomes in addition to existing national quality requirements for universities, colleges, and other higher education providers.

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The College also scooped up an award at the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards 2017 for the third year running. Dawn Francis-Jones, Health and Safety Manger at South and City College Birmingham, also picked up the RoSPA Guardian Angel Award for making a demonstrable difference in the world of health and safety and accident prevention, through personal initiative, diligence, enthusiasm and commitment.

The final accolade that the College achieved this year is the Customer Service Excellence Standard. The inspector gave the College a record of 15 ‘compliant plus’ grades, which we understand is the highest in the sector, especially praising strengths such as using student feedback, marketing and publicity, learning lessons from the merger and more.

Mike Hopkins, the Principal of South and City College said: ‘I’m very proud of everything that we do at South and City College, as I know we’re always focused on our students. As a newly merged college, we have created a high quality institution which will provide fantastic opportunities for students, better facilities and better learning experience. We will always be a large college, with a small college mentality, focused on students as individuals.’

Celebration of our merger

Dawn Francis-Jones receiving the ROSPA award

College Awards and Quality Marks

Grade Two


The college received a grade two when Ofsted visited in November 2015, Ofsted gave some really positive feedback about the college, including:

"[Students] are polite, courteous, respect each other and show a willingness to learn. They display pride in their work and are keen to talk about what they are learning. Students grow in confidence as a result of their studies."

The Nursery

Grade One


The Nursery achieved a grade one Outstanding in the Ofsted inspection January 2014. To read more click here.

Effective Early Learning Assurance Award

Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC)

The nursery at our Hall Green campus which provides childcare for our staff and students has been awarded a nationally recognised assurance of quality accreditation. The nursery is now part of the elite childcare settings within Birmingham.

5 Star Hygiene Award

Birmingham City Council

South and City College Nursery was awarded 5 out of 5 stars following a environmental hygiene inspection

Matrix Award


The college was credited with a Matrix Award, a quality standard for establishments, after being assessed for our advice and support services, which support our young people in their selection of career, learning, work and life goals.

Birmingham Community Foundation

The Birmingham Community Foundation awarded the college as the best educational institution for having the best staff for serving the local community at their annual Youth Achievement Awards.


South and City College Birmingham have been awarded Highly Commended in the Education & Training Services Sector 2014 by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for our commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention.

Our Department Awards

Recognised Provider of Social Care

National Skills Academy

South and City College Birmingham were recognised as an excellent training provider within Adult Social Care sector after passing the renewal inspection last year.

Tiling Department

Centre of Excellence

The Tile Association

South and City College Birmingham are credited as a centre of excellence by The Tile Association until November 2017 after auditing the department's teaching and facilities. The college is the only centre of excellence in the UK.

Customer Relations

Customer Service Excellence Standard Award


Customer Service Excellence Standard was developed to offer public services a practical tool for driving customer-focused change within their organisation. The college chose to be assessed as a whole organisation rather than the standard practise of one or two areas to ensure there was a consistent of delivery of services throughout.


Best Communication Campaign 2012 (Gold)

FE First Awards

Digital Marketing Campaign 2012 (Silver)

FE First Awards

Best use of digital/social media marketing (Highly Commended)

Heist Award 2013

Best student recruitment campaign (Silver)

Heist Award 2013

Schools Team

Collaboration (Silver)

FE First Marketing Awards

The Silver Award was presented for the college's work with local schools that improved the building of partnerships and innovative collaborative work with key feeder schools. The judging team praised the college for its innovative approach to working with schools in the region and empowering young people by raising awareness of their employability skills.

Health and Social Care

Our health and social care department are endorsed training providers by the National Skills Academy and having demonstrated our excellence to the industry whilst contributing to improving the quality of adult social care.

Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)

The college has achieved the UK Quality Code for Higher Education which is used to assure the standards and quality of higher education in the UK by the QAA.


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