New information helps students choose the right course for them

Prospective students will have more information available to them from next year to help them choose the course that’s right for them.

Universities will publish information about the costs of studying, the time spent on different learning and teaching activities, and course assessment methods from 2012, as well as facts about student satisfaction and graduate employability.

Students will also be able to access information on graduate earnings and how much of their course can be completed in Welsh.

The data will be presented as a ‘Key Information Set’ (KIS), and will be comparable across all universities in Wales and, except for information about Welsh medium provision, across the UK.

Professor Philip Gummett, Chief Executive of HEFCW, said:

“Never before has so much information been available for students to help them make an informed choice about their course. The feedback received from students about the sort of data that they would find essential in helping them with their choices has been vital in determining to how to present a Key Information Set for each institution. We believe this underlines our commitment to developing the student voice to help shape their university experience.”

Amanda Wilkinson, Director of Higher Education Wales, said:

“There is much to do as we enter a period of change in the funding and fees system not just in Wales but across the UK.  Our universities must ensure that prospective students are provided with good, timely information if we are to ensure that those considering higher education in the future are not deterred from applying. The Key Information Sets will pull together data about the costs and benefits of a university education, as well as student satisfaction and employment outcomes, and put it in one place, and in a common format that is easily accessible to students.”

Katie Dalton, President of the National Union of Students in Wales, said:

“NUS has consistently called for better information to be available to applicants, and the Key Information Set is a welcome development in this respect. As tuition fees increase across England and Wales, it is absolutely right that potential students have access to clear, comparable and timely information that will help them make better informed choices about which course and institution are right for them.”