Parent & Carer Information
At Arts University Plymouth we believe in high-quality education for life in contemporary arts practice, as the creative catalyst for personal, professional and cultural transformation. We place the aspirations and support needs of every student at the very heart of our creative enterprise.
Our Pre-Degree & Sixth Form campuses at Palace Court and Palace Studios are home to five hundred 16-19-year-old students studying the Extended Diploma, or Foundation Diplomas in arts, crafts, design and media, and it is here that we provide a safe and creative environment, where your child/young person can grow, learn new skills, and become more independent.
We are committed to supporting your child/young person on every step of their creative journey. Below you will find information about our Parents' & Guardians' Evenings, our Code of Conduct and Attendance, Safeguarding and Key Dates for your diary.
Regular attendance is key to any student’s success and we require them to be at every lesson, unless they are ill or have another genuine reason.
If absence is necessary, either the student, or the parent or guardian will need to let us know in advance with as much notice as possible using the links below.
- If your child is a registered Arts University Plymouth student and can self-report, please ask them to visit My Timetable and select the Report absence (student) button at the top of the page.
- If you are a parent or guardian reporting an absence on behalf of a registered Arts University Plymouth student, please complete the university's absence reporting form.
For information on COVID-19 (coronavirus) related absences and self-isolation, please read our website's guidance page.
If there are concerns about the attendance or academic progress of your child/young person and they are under the age of 18, you will be kept informed through our intervention process.
Of course, you are free to make appointments to see university staff at any time to discuss your child/young person's progress, particularly if you have any concerns.
If students are aged over 18 at enrolment, we will need their permission to talk to you about any university issues.
Twice a term, based on assessment, project work, tutorials and feedback we measure our students’ progress according to the expectations that we set for each individual.
A report will be sent out to the parents/guardians of students under the age of 18 at the end of each term which is a snapshot of progress and includes attendance, target grades, academic, character, English and Maths, and IB subjects (if applicable). These can then be discussed fully at parents' evenings which are arranged in a timely manner.
A traffic light system is used to articulate the progress each individual is making according to the expectations set. The traffic lights are:
- Blue - Exceeds Expectations: The individual is exceeding the expectations we have for them and is making excellent progress.
- Green - Meet Expectations: The individual’s progress is on track and will achieve the expectations set for them.
- Amber - Just Meets Expectations: Some minor work is needed to achieve the expectations set for this individual.
- Red - Below Expectations: Some significant and serious work is needed to achieve expected progress.
The university expects its students to follow the Code of Conduct whilst at the university, and failure to do so will mean they will progress through our Intervention Framework.
We aim to resolve issues through interventions and after an informal warning, recorded on the students electronic record, there are three stages of intervention.
If a student is told they are at Stage 1 of this process, then you will receive a letter/email inviting you into university to discuss the issue, agree targets and if appropriate, sign a behavior contract. These targets/contracts will then be monitored, where we expect this will then be resolved.
However we will invite you in to the university again should your child/young person not meet the agreed targets, and failure to continually adhere to the Code of Conduct could lead to Stage 2 and furthermore onto a Stage 3 withdrawal meeting.
What is an Extended Diploma?
An Extended Diploma is a vocational qualification run over two years and the equivalent of three A-Levels which has a Pass, Merit or Distinction outcome and a maximum of 168 UCAS points - this is the equivalent of 3 A-Levels at A*.
What is a Foundation Diploma?
This is a post A-Level one year course that prepares the student for degree-level study with a maximum value of 285 UCAS points and has Pass, Merit and Distinction outcomes.
Fees, Finance & Funding
For more information, please visit our Fees, Finance and Funding page.
Why does my child/young person have to take English/Maths?
Students that attend our Level 3 courses will do so as part of the Study Programme which includes English and Maths and will help students to develop the essential skills required within employment and everyday life. Our lessons are directly linked to the arts and give students the potential to achieve greater success in their chosen area of study and in the workplace. These lessons will develop the following skills:
- English, to improve reading, writing, speaking and listening
- Practical Maths, for everyday life
- Problem-solving skills
- Employability skills, including letter writing, CV writing and interview techniques
- Students joining the university with a GCSE English or Maths at Grade 3 will be required to resit their GCSE
How do you make sure my child/young person is safe?
The university believes that it is always unacceptable for any student to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all students by commitment to practice that protects them effectively. The university is committed to:
- providing a safe learning environment for all students with equal protection from all types of harm and abuse
- identifying children, young people and vulnerable adults who are suffering or are likely to suffer significant harm, and taking appropriate action to see that such children, young people and vulnerable adults are kept safe, both at home and at the university
- working in partnership with students, staff and other institutions to promote a safe learning environment
The university complies with recent Government legislation regarding ‘Prevent’ responsibilities, aiming to raise awareness of the risks of extremism including radicalisation.
If at any point students feel they need to talk to someone about any issues around being safe either inside or outside the university, then they can talk to their tutor, Subject Leader or our designated safeguarding person: Carol Edwards, who can be contacted by telephone on internal phone number 227 (for students) or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The university also insists that all staff, students and visitors wear a university ID lanyard and card for easy identification and visual checks to ensure that the correct people are in our buildings. These ID lanyards are to be worn at all times and access can only be obtained to the Palace Court and Palace Studios buildings using the swipe security within them.
How do I report an absence on behalf of my child/young person?
If you are a parent or guardian reporting an absence on behalf of a registered Arts University Plymouth student, please click here.
Please make sure you report absence on the day as retrospective absences cannot be corrected.
Can I contact a tutor to discuss the progress of my child/young person?
We are happy to hear from any parent or guardian wanting to discuss their child/young person's progress, and you can call or email our reception desk using the details below to arrange this. However we can only do this if your child/young person is under 18. If they are over 18 they will need to have given us consent to discuss their progress with you.
Palace Court Reception (Pre-Degree centre – also covers Palace Studios)
Phone: 01752 203448
Can I find out more about Learning and Disability Support at Arts University Plymouth?
Yes, please click here to read more about additional support. If you have any further questions, you can contact our Pre-Degree Learning Support Co-ordinator Vicki Prout in our Student Support team on email@example.com.
Exam Dates 2024
The below dates are correct at the time of publishing (August 2023). If you are the parent or guardian of a pre-degree student and you have any questions about exams, please contact Dawn Kingston, Quality and Examinations Manager (Pre-Degree) on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- [TBC] 27 February 2024 - FS Maths Exam - Paper 1 - 30 mins (AM)
- [TBC] 27 February 2024 - FS Maths Exam - Paper 2 - 1 hour 30 mins (PM)
- [TBC] 11 April 2024 - FS Maths Results issued
- 13 May 2024 - FS Maths Exam - Paper 1 - 30 mins (AM)
- 13 May 2024 - FS Maths Exam - Paper 2 - 1 hour 30 mins (PM)
- 16 May 2024 - GCSE Maths Paper 1 (1MA1 1F/H): Non-Calculator Foundation/Higher Tier - 1 hour 30 mins - 9.30am start
- 23 May 2024 - GCSE English Language Paper 1 (8700/1 ) - 1 hour 45 mins - 9.30am start
- 3 June 2024 - GCSE Mathematics Paper 2 (1MA1 2F/H): Calculator Foundation/Higher Tier - 1 hour 30 mins - 9.30am start
- 6 June 2024 - GCSE English Language Paper 2 (8700/2) - 1 hour 45 mins - 9.30am start
- 10 June 2024 - GCSE Mathematics Paper 3 (1MA1 3F): Calculator Foundation/Higher Tier - 1 hour 30 mins - 9.30am start
- 15 Aug 2024 - FS Maths Results issued
- 15 Aug 2024 - Extended Diploma and FAD Results issued
- 22 Aug 2024 - GCSE Results Issued
Information for Parents
Over the last three years we have been continually developing and improving on our Pre-Degree progression and careers provision. Our intention is to continually keep working towards the university's ethos of continual creative learning and social justice via the Pre-Degree Skills Project, whilst also driving toward 100% achievement of the Gatsby Career Benchmarks. The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best career provision in schools and colleges.
Parent and Guardians’ Evenings
Parents’ Evening events will be held with a combination of on-site and online meetings. If you are a parent of a Pre-Degree student who is aged under 18 and you wish to attend, please book an appointment via email@example.com
- Wednesday 27 September 2023 - Parents Information Evening
- Wednesday 8 November 2023, (times TBC)
- Wednesday 27 March 2024, (times TBC)
Careers & Progression Information, Advice and Guidance
Our university provides a number of qualifications including a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course, and a suite of 6 UAL Art and Design Extended Diploma courses including Graphics, Illustration and Game Arts, Film, Animation and Media Production, Photography, Fashion and Textiles and Art and Design.
Our students are able to engage with a number of work experiences from across a multitude of industrial sectors including: Construction, Engineering, Design and Technology, Visual Communication, Architectural design, Fashion, Media and Marketing, Radio as well as in the Public and Health sectors, which helps them to build upon new and existing skills to align these with professional practice and industry expectation.
Find out more on our Progression & Careers plan page.
Careerpilot is a free website helping 11—19 year olds in the South of England plan their future study and work and has a lot of useful information for young people and parents.
The Careerpilot Parent Zone can help you as a parent/carer get answers to the career questions you want to ask, about:
- Choices at 14, 16 and 18;
- Further Education College;
- Apprenticeships and Traineeships;
- Higher Education (including HE provided at local colleges);
- Job sectors and growth;
- How to fund study and further support for you.
Following a short Ofsted inspection in May 2023, Arts University Plymouth's dedicated pre-degree & sixth form campus was judged to be “good,” maintaining the outcome of the university’s previous inspection in May 2017.
Ofsted inspectors praised Arts University Plymouth for the way that “Students enjoy their courses. They are supported well by staff who help them to build their confidence and resilience.”
The benefits of joining a sixth-form campus attached to the city’s arts university were highlighted in the Ofsted report, which says that “Teachers give students opportunities to develop new skills and knowledge by accessing the university’s higher education art and design resources. For example, students strengthen their model-making skills by using three-dimensional printing technologies and more advanced computer-aided design software.”
Achievement levels for Pre-Degree & Sixth Form students at Arts University Plymouth are high, with inspectors noting that “Leaders ensure that well-planned curriculums result in the large majority of students achieving their qualifications. Nearly all of those who apply to higher education achieve their first-choice destination.”