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                             INSTITUTIONAL FEE PLAN 2013/14

Institution:
                                                          Neath Port Talbot College

Lead Contact for Fee Plan:
                                                                  Keith Booker
Post Held:
                                                         Vice Principal - Operations
Telephone:
                                                                  01639 648004
E-mail:
                                                          Keith.booker@nptc.ac.uk

Note for Guidance: We require institutions to provide short, precise, quantifiable statements which
can easily be verified against benchmarks. You should not include lengthy descriptions of institutional
strategies, histories or other contextual information. If the information provided is not clear, or appears
difficult to reconcile with other information in our possession, we will need clarification before
decisions can be made. Plans should be self-contained documents. If, however, exceptionally,
institutions consider it essential to add detailed contextual information to elements of the plan, this
must be confined to clearly labelled appendices.

Please refer to the information provided in Circular W12/15HE ‘Fee Plan Guidance 2013/14’
(www.hefcw.ac.uk) when drafting your Fee Plan.


1. What level of fees do you propose to charge from 2013/14?

a) Does your institution propose to                  Yes
   charge full-time undergraduate fees
   above the basic rate?

b) What is your highest proposed fee
   rate (up to a £9K maximum) for:
   i) Full-time undergraduate                        £7,500 (for directly funded provision)
   ii) PGCE (where applicable)                       £NA
c) Will Level i) (above) be charged for              No. 2012 first year students progressing
   all undergraduate higher education                on this course will be capped at £4,000.
   provision at your institution?                    All other provision offered by the College
                                                     through franchise agreements with other
                                                     HEI will be at the rate advised by that
                                                     particular HEI. These are not yet known.
d) If no, what is your average (mean)                For directly funded provision - £6,026
   fee per full-time undergraduate
   student likely to be?                             However, fees for courses franchised
     Note: in calculating this, you should include   from other HEI are not currently known.
     fees up to and including the basic fee of
     £4,000 as well as fees above this basic
     level.

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2. Where you propose to charge different fees for different courses, please provide details below. You should categorise
   your fee charges by a) qualification aim (HND / degree / FD, etc.) b) subject and/or c) cohort, as appropriate.

   For each category included, please provide details of your assumed numbers, and whether (for HEIs only) numbers
   represent franchised out provision.

  Proposed        Qualification Aim            Subject with            Cohort      Franchised        Assumed student numbers
     Fee                                       JACS Code                          out provision?    used in calculation of average
      £                                                                                Y/N

    7,500         HND Information       I200 Information Systems       Year 1           N                        11
                    Technology

    4,000         HND Information       I200 Information Systems       Year 2           N                         8
                    Technology



NB All other HE courses offered by the College are franchised from other HEIs and the level of fee to be charged for each of these
courses for 2013/14 is not currently available.




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THE STUDENT VOICE
NB. Institutions may include information in this section from their Fee Plans
2012/13. However, information must be up-to-date and appropriate for student
entry in 2013/14.

3. a) What measures will you take to communicate clearly these proposed fee
   levels to students enrolling in 2013/14 and beyond?
   b) Please explain how they will be made clearly aware of your fee charges
   for the duration of their studies.


          The College will communicate the level of the new proposed fee charges
          through a number of mechanisms.

          In the first instance, the fees for 2013/14 will be detailed in our Full-Time
          HE prospectus. This is produced annually for the following year’s
          courses and is the main source of information for students interested in
          the College’s HE provision.

          In addition, we will make sure the College website contains all the
          necessary information for potential students considering studying at the
          College. There is a section on the website dedicated to our Higher
          Education provision and details of course fees will be clearly included
          along with other information.

          Our third channel of communication will be through the College open
          days and open evenings, where staff discuss provision with potential
          students and explain the course content, entry requirements and course
          fees.

          Finally, it is our practice to interview all students applying for the directly
          funded HE courses offered by the College. Students would be given full
          details of the fees and other costs associated with the course at this
          stage, including any likely changes whilst they are on the programme of
          study, so they can make an informed decision as to whether to proceed
          with their application.

          Students who have applied for 2012/13 courses and who have decided
          to defer their entry to 2013/14 will be advised of the new proposed fee
          level which will apply so that they can make an informed decision as to
          whether they wish to defer entry for the year.




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4. Describe the processes by which you have engaged with your student
   body, via the National Union of Students (or equivalent), when finalising
   your institution’s Fee Plan for 2013/14.


          In proposing the 2013/14 fee plan, we have consulted directly with the
          current President and Vice President of the NUS at the College and the
          NPTC Student Parliament.

          In addition to the conversations with senior members of staff, the NUS
          President and Vice President are members of the Governing Body of the
          College and have been able to contribute to their debate on the Fee
          Plan.

          In our conversations with students, there was recognition for the need to
          increase the fees and appreciation that we had limited this to a
          reasonable level which reflected the College’s anticipated loss of central
          funding. Student representatives appreciated the additional bursary
          awards and measures being taken to improve the teaching experience
          and links to employability. They did not raise any specific issues for the
          College to consider.

          The College is fully committed to implementing the advice given by
          HEFCW in its circular on best practice in funding effective, democratic
          students’ unions and student representation. We are currently working
          with our Students’ Union on developing a relationship agreement in
          accordance with HEFCW circular W12/09. It is intended that this
          agreement will be available through the College website by 31 July 2012.



5. Higher fees mean higher expectations. Detail how you intend to provide the
   following information to students applying to/enrolling at your institution:
    full details of courses, including initial programmes and timetables
    information on how the new fee income contributes to course
       development
    information setting out precisely what is covered by the fees charged
    detailed information on the student financial support package available
       at your institution
    details about how any changes which may take place over the period of
       the course will be announced
    Annual Report on the use of fee income at your institution where you
       should indicate the outcomes of your Equality Impact Assessment.

          As noted above, the College receives direct HEFCW funding for a single
          course. However, it has an extensive range of franchised courses and
          the proposed fee level for the single directly funded course is in line with
          the anticipated fees to be charged by HEI franchising courses to the
          College.


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Full details on the content of all courses will be available through the Full-
Time HE prospectus and the HE section of the College website. These
details will include information on what is covered by the fees charged to
students by the College, any additional costs students are likely to incur
and information on the financial support available. Alongside this will be
contact numbers for staff in our Learner Services section who can give
potential students detailed personal advice and guidance on applying for
the support.

NPTC has developed a Student Charter in consultation with
representatives of our student body through our Students’ Union. This
Charter follows the guidance given in HEFCW circular W11/31HE and
will be available on the College website by 31 July 2012.

The HE section of the College website will also have all the details
stipulated under HEFCW’s requirements for Key Information Sets, in
accordance to the timetable set out in HEFCW circular W11/33HE and
W12/07HE. This information will be available through the College
website by 31 October 2012.

Following application, students accepted onto courses will be sent
information on how and when to enrol. At this enrolment event, all HE
students attending will be taken through induction activities which include
the issue of a course programme and initial timetable. The induction
session will also include detailed information on the student financial
support package available, delivered by staff from our Learner Services.
It will also include information on the contribution made to course
development by the additional fees.

Students thinking of applying to the College will be able to see how the
fee income contributes to course development through additional
information included in the College’s Full-Time HE prospectus and on our
College website.

Students already at the College will be able to contribute to discussions
on the impact of the new fees through the regular course review
mechanisms, the College’s Learning and Performance Management
Group and the participation of Student Governors on the Learning and
Performance sub-committee of the Corporate Board.

Any changes which may take place during the period of a course will be
announced through a variety of mechanisms. The prime mechanism for
communicating with individual students will be through the course tutor.
The tutor will inform students of any proposed change at an early stage,
so that the students have ample opportunity to raise concerns and
consider their response. The College will liaise directly with its local
Students’ Union, to keep them informed of such proposed changes and
give opportunity for comment. Communication will also be through the
student representatives on the Governing Body, where another channel
will be available to hear any concerns being raised by students. The

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          College will also use modern technology (Student Bytes on the College
          intranet, Facebook and Twitter) to communicate the changes directly to
          students, albeit in a non-specific manner.

          The College will publish an Annual Report on the use of fee income at
          the institution, including the outcomes of the Equality Impact
          Assessment. This report will be sent to HEFCW for central publication,
          but it will also be published on the College intranet and reference will be
          made to the availability of the report in the paper-based HE prospectus.




INCOME FROM THE NEW FEE SYSTEM

6. What new fee income do you expect to receive in 2013/14? You should
   include any income received per full-time undergraduate and PGCE
   student above £4K.

                                                                          2013/14
                                                                            £k
Full-time undergraduate                                      £38.5
                                                             [11*(7500-4000)]
PGCE                                                         £ NA


                                                   Total £38.5




7. Institutions are required to invest in the region of 30% of fee income above
   the basic level in relation to a) equality of opportunity and b) promotion of
   higher education.

   Please provide details of your financial commitments to both investment
   areas. Institutions with further to travel to ensure further equality of access
   should invest more heavily in those activities.

                                                        2013/14
                                                          £k
                                         Total Fee Income Investment 2013/14*
                                      (in the region of 30% of fee income above the basic level)

a) Total amount to be invested in £7.5
   equality of opportunity

b) Total amount to be invested in £5.0

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    promotion of higher education

                                  Total £12.5




*NB Institutions who wish to consider investing a lower proportion of their fee income than was
earmarked in their Fee Plan 2012/13 are invited to discuss this with HEFCW.




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8. ACTIVITIES SUPPORTED THROUGH NEW FEE INCOME

                                                             i)      Equality of Opportunity

                            Strategic Outcome                                                      Targets/Benchmarks/Objectives
Provide details of long-term strategic outcome and rationale behind investment.    These should be verifiable and benchmarked against existing institutional
Institutions must reference HEFCW’s Corporate Strategy and For Our Future          targets /HEFCW Corporate Strategy targets/ For Our Future targets, etc.,
and identify specifically which measures these outcomes address.                   or can represent new activity targets. Targets should be SMART and
                                                                                   explicitly cross reference which of the Strategic Outcomes opposite they
                                                                                   address.

NPTC is committed to the continuous development of high quality
provision for Higher Education which meets the needs of its
students, employers and local communities and which meets the
expectations of the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Higher
Education Strategy and Plan For Our Future.

The College’s objectives in terms of addressing equality of                        In 2011/12, NPTC had five students with Communities First
opportunity for 2013/14 will be focused on:                                        postcodes out of the 20 students enrolled on the HND in IT
                                                                                   (25%). Four of these students were on the first year of their
       Encouraging students from Communities First areas to                       course and one was on their second year. This is above the
        attend the College;                                                        target of 17.2% set in the HEFCW Corporate Strategy
       Improving student retention on its Higher Education                        2010/11 – 2012/13.
        provision; and
       Improving student success rates through module                             The target is to increase the number of students enrolled from
        completion and qualification attainment.                                   Communities First areas by 50% to six new first year
                                                                                   students.
These will assist HEFCW’s achievement of:
                                                                                   In order to achieve this target, the College will undertake the
       For Our Future priority of ensuring inconsistencies of                     following activities:
        access and opportunity are addressed; (activities 1, 2, 3
        and 5);                                                                        1) Ensure that information provided to potential students
       Target financial support to promote and sustain access to                         is clear, accessible and gives them the information

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    Higher Education (activity 3);                                  they need with regards to course fees. We will do this
   HEFCW’s key strategic outcome of a 2.7% rise in the             through our standard HE marketing materials, but also
    module completion rate for undergraduate courses in Welsh       through sessions arranged with local schools, through
    Higher Education institutions from 87.6% in 2008/09 to 90%      the14-19      Partnership     network,        particularly
    in 2012/13 (activity 4);                                        thoseschools with substantial numbers of pupils living
   Encourage and reward student retention and success              in Communities First areas. Cost of activity £500.
    (activity 3 and 5).
                                                                 2) Carry out additional marketing across the 11
                                                                    Communities First areas in the Borough, targeting
                                                                    potential mature returners and those who are
                                                                    disadvantaged and would not traditionally consider
                                                                    accessing HE provision. Cost of activity £1,500.

                                                                 3) Encourage more students from groups under-
                                                                    represented in HE in Wales to enrol on the course by
                                                                    increasing the bursaries available to students for
                                                                    returning to learning, childcare and successful
                                                                    completion from £250 to £350. In 2010/11, students
                                                                    claimed a total of 20 bursaries under the scheme at a
                                                                    cost of £5,000. The aim of this fee plan is to increase
                                                                    this to issuing 25 bursaries at an additional cost of
                                                                    £3750.

                                                                 4) Improve the progression rate on the course from
                                                                    76.5% in 2009/10 to 85% in 2013/14. In particular, it
                                                                    will seek to improve module completion rate of 74% on
                                                                    the first year of the course to 82% in 2013/14 and the
                                                                    module completion rate of 81% on year 2 to 87%. This
                                                                    will be achieved through the provision of an additional
                                                                    one hour per week of tutorial support costing £1,800.

                                                                 5) Provide additional support opportunities to students

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           who are, or have been, looked after children to
           improve retention, success and progression. In
           2010/11, College data indicates there were 43 looked
           after children/care leavers at the College (including FE
           and HE students), of whom 76% achieved their
           qualifications (against a College average of 81%). Our
           target is to achieve parity across the groups, so that
           the success rates for looked after children/care leavers
           matches that of other students at the College. Thirty-
           three per cent of looked after children/care leavers who
           successfully completed their course progressed to
           Higher Education. Our target is to increase this to 50%.

           In 2010, following participation in a pilot with Buttle
           UK, the College was awarded the Buttle UK Quality
           Mark in recognition for its commitment to young people
           in and leaving care. The College was described by
           Buttle Trust Chief Executive, Gerri McAndrew as
           “exemplary in its work for looked after children and
           care leavers.” The College will seek to retain this
           Quality Mark when it is due for reassessment in 2013.

           As part of the process of gaining the Quality Mark, the
           College appointed a Senior Officer in Learner Services
           as the full-time Designated Contact with responsibility
           for looked after children and care leavers on FE and
           HE courses. This person is responsible for the
           operation of the protocol between the local authorities’
           looked after children and leaving care service and the
           main contact with all out of county teams. The
           Designated Contact is a Quality Mark Champion for
           Buttle UK and provides advice, guidance, support and

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                                                                                          advocacy pre-entry, during enrolment and throughout
                                                                                          the young person’s time in College. We will retain this
                                                                                          position.


Examples of activities in support of Equality of Opportunity in relation to Access to HE might include, amongst others, activities aimed at
promoting and safeguarding fair access to HE and identifying individuals with the greatest potential from disadvantaged backgrounds;
measures to attract and retain students and prospective students from under-represented groups such as Communities First areas or from
disabled students; measures which seek to raise the educational aspirations and develop skills which prepare students for HE; measures which
provide effective provision of information to students before and during their courses; measures which provide high quality academic and
welfare support to students.




                                                        ii)     Promotion of Higher Education

                            Strategic Outcome                                                     Targets/Benchmarks/Objectives
Provide details of long-term strategic outcome and rationale behind investment.   These should be verifiable and benchmarked against existing institutional
Institutions must reference HEFCW’s Corporate Strategy and For Our Future         targets /HEFCW Corporate Strategy targets/ For Our Future targets, etc.,
and identify specifically which measures these outcomes address .                 or can represent new activity targets. Targets should be SMART and
                                                                                  explicitly cross reference which of the Strategic Outcomes opposite they
                                                                                  address.

The College’s objectives in terms of addressing the promotion of                  The target is to increase the recorded “overall student
Higher Education for 2013/14 will be focused on:                                  satisfaction” rating for the funded course to 85%. The current
                                                                                  NSS “student satisfaction level for the College (based on the
       Improving the level of student satisfaction                               2010/11 survey) is 82%. The evidence will be based on an
       Improving the relevance of learning to students’ and                      internal survey, as no figure from the NSS is available for the
        employers’ needs                                                          course as there are too few students for it to be recorded by
       Increasing the proportion of students progressing to                      NSS.
        employment or higher education.

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                                                                      We will achieve this aim by:
These will assist the aims contained in For our Futures and
HEFCW’s Corporate Strategy achievement:                                   1) Supporting an enhanced research project to be
                                                                             undertaken by staff teaching on the course to impact
      Continuing to strive to deliver an excellent student                  on teaching and learning for students. The project will
       experience; (activities 1 and 2)                                      support tutors in researching activity that has a direct
      Improve teaching and learning for the benefit of students             benefit to learners and which supports key aspects in
       (Activity 1 and 2)                                                    the delivery of this fee plan. The research activity will
      Support research among staff to impact on teaching and                focus on improving the quality of teaching on the
       the student experience learning; (Activity 2).                        course by identifying:
                                                                                a. how the course can better meet the needs and
                                                                                    interests of the learners enrolled to encourage
                                                                                    their retention and success;
                                                                                b. how the course can be made more relevant to
                                                                                    employer needs and thence increase student
                                                                                    employability; and
                                                                                c. Identifying transferable best practice in other
                                                                                    Welsh institutions to improve the student
                                                                                    experience.

                                                                              The cost of this activity will be £3,000.

                                                                          2) Increase in the proportion of students who are in
                                                                              employment or higher education six months after
                                                                              completing their studies to 75% from the existing
                                                                              average over the last five years of 65%. The College
                                                                              will do this by providing specialist advice and guidance
                                                                              through its Centreprise Unit and NPTC Recruit, the
                                                                              College recruitment company, and supporting costs
                                                                              associated with arranging key note speakers on
                                                                              enterprise and employability for students. The cost of
                                                                              this activity will be £2,000.

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Examples of Promoting Higher Education might include activities which aim to strengthen more effective engagement with private, public
and voluntary bodies and communities in Wales; investments in improving the quality of learning and teaching; activities which strengthen the
employability of Welsh graduates; actions which promote Welsh HE more effectively internationally and activities which raise awareness of the
value of HE amongst potential learners.




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9. Sign off - to be completed on paper copy by head of institution once the Fee
   Plan has been approved by your Governing Body.

Date approved by Governing Body:          14 June 2012

Signed Vice Chancellor/Principal:                         Mark Dacey
Date:                                     14 June 2012




By 9 May 2012, each institution should ensure that:

   they have posted one hard copy of the Fee Plan to Sheridan Nott at the HEFCW
    office;
   they have e-mailed one electronic version of the Fee Plan to
    Sheridan.Nott@hefcw.ac.uk.

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