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QAA to revise the Listed Bodies Order 


The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has contracted QAA to undertake the revision of the Listed Bodies Order.

The Order is a Statutory Instrument, in accordance with the 1988 Education Reform Act. Listed Bodies are institutions which do not have the power to award their own degree, but provide full courses that lead to a Foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate degree of a recognised body. A recognised body is an institution which has been granted degree-awarding powers, such as a university.

The Listed Bodies Order states which institutions are listed bodies and also provides guidance on the eligibility for the inclusion of an institution. In this context, it includes the constituent colleges of bodies such as the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge  and Durham.

Recognised UK higher education providers with their own degree awarding powers supply the department with details of institutions for inclusion in the Listed Bodies Order during a collation exercise conducted by, or on behalf of, BIS. The Order is usually updated every two years.

The current Listed Bodies Order is based on data compiled by QAA in 2010 and is available on the GOV.UK website.

It is the responsibility of the recognised bodies to supply the department with details of those institutions that provide full degree courses on their behalf. The department cannot accept representations for inclusion on the Listed Bodies Order directly from degree course providers.

QAA will be sending an electronic request for data collection to all higher education providers in the UK with degree-awarding powers, who constitute the Recognised Bodies, in early January 2013. This exercise will also be used to collect additional information, to inform QAA review processes, to reduce the number of separate occasions on which providers are asked to supply data.

Guidance on completing the online data collation form

Frequently asked questions about the data collation form

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