Bishop Auckland College is committed to providing high-quality customer service. If however you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the College’ services, you should discuss this first with your tutor or an appropriate member of staff. If you do not wish to do this, or you are still not satisfied you can make a formal complaint.

We value complaints and use the information from them to help us improve our services.

Who can complain?

Anyone who is dissatisfied with our service can make a complaint to the College. We understand that you may be unable, or reluctant, to make a complaint yourself. We accept complaints from a friend, relative or advocate, if you have given them your consent to complain on your behalf.

How do I complain?

You can complain in person, by phone, in writing, by email or by using our online complaints form 

When complaining make sure you tell us:

  • Your full name and address, also an email address if you have one
  • As much as you can about the complaint as possible, including dates and times etc.
  • What has gone wrong
  • How you want to resolve the matter

What happens when you complain?

We will always tell you who is dealing with your complaint. An overview of the complaints process is laid out below and a link to the College’s Customer Complaints Procedure is available here






















What if I am still dissatisfied?

After we have fully investigated, if you are still dissatisfied with our decision or the way we dealt with your complaint you can complain to:

For complaints relating to courses funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) or Education Funding Agency (EFA)– you can contact the SFA or EFA within 3 months of receiving your complaints decision using the contact details below:

Skills Funding Agency North East
The Skills Adjudicator
The Skills Funding Agency
Cheylesmore House
Quinton Road

EFA institutions – Complaints 
Central Intervention Team 
Education Funding Agency 
Earlsdon Park 
53-55 Butts Road 
CV1 3BH 

For HE courses delivered in partnership with the University of Sunderland– you can complain directly to the University of Sunderland. You must do this within 3 months of receiving your complaints decision.

University Of Sunderland
Academic Administration Manager
2nd Floor
Edinburgh Building
Chester Road

0191 515 2941

For complaints relating to HNC/HND courses solely ran through the College – you can complain to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA). You must do this within 12 months of receiving the Completion of Procedures (COP) letter.

You can fill in the OIA’s complaint form online or download a copy from the OIA website: