ARTS University Bournemouth's provision for under-19 foundation students has been ranked as Outstanding in every area in its latest Ofsted inspection.

A team of inspectors spent four days at the university in January, examining all aspects of its foundation programmes.

There are currently 269 students on such courses and inspectors said they "benefit substantially from the resources and ethos of the university, which contribute to their high level of progress."

Inspectors said young people are prepared well for higher education and employment and that teachers have substantial commercial and industrial expertise.

The report said: "The standards of work that learners produce, particularly in photography, film and fashion, are very high.

"The vast majority of students continue their studies on degree-level courses, having taken great care to select ones which are highly relevant to their career aspirations."

Around 6,000 students enrol at the university each year on higher education, leisure and pre-degree courses.

The inspection focused on the pre-degree foundation diploma in art and design course which is funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. The course is offered with pathways in fashion, costume and textiles, three-dimensional studies, film and animation, fine art, graphic design, illustration and photography.

Half the learners on the course come from the local area with the remainder recruited from across the UK and overseas.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor at AUB, Professor Emma Hunt, said: "We are thrilled to have achieved this excellent rating in our most recent Ofsted inspection. "This result is testament both to the hard work and dedication of our staff and the creativity and enthusiasm of our talented students and secures excellent teaching in all our provision.

"In 2017, AUB celebrated the Gold award, the highest rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF is a new scheme for recognising excellent teaching."