Applications are submitted to the Office for Students, who pass them to us for assessment and scrutiny. Any organisation considering this step should contact the Office for Students in the first instance.


For applicants that applied before 31 March 2018, full details of the requirements and how the application is considered can be found in our handbook.


Degree Awarding Powers in England: Handbook for Applicants

Publication Date: 11 Dec 2015

​The right to award UK degrees is a highly prized and legally protected privilege. This handbook outlines the processes for applying for degree awarding powers in England and explains the role played by QAA.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 435 KB

Guidance and templates for FDAP


Applicants for foundation degree awarding powers (FDAP) who submitted applications prior to 31 March 2018 must meet the October 2015 Guidance. 



The QAA guidance on scholarship and the pedagogical effectiveness of staff is also relevant to such applications.


Guidance on scholarship and the pedagogical effectiveness of staff: Expectations for Foundation Degree-awarding powers and for taught degree-awarding powers

Publication Date: 30 Jan 2013

This guidance on scholarship and the pedagogical effectiveness of staff sets out expectations for Foundation Degree-awarding powers and for taught degree-awarding powers.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 274 KB

Applications for FDAP received after 1 April 2018 will be subject to the revised criteria outlined in the new Regulatory Framework published by the Office for Students.


Securing student success: Regulatory framework for higher education in England

Publication Date: 02 May 2018

Author: Office for Students
Format: PDF
Size: 1756 KB

Further information on transitional arrangements is available in Regulatory Advice 4: transitional arrangements for degree awarding powers and university title.



Guidance and templates for TDAP


Applicants for taught degree awarding powers (TDAP) who submitted applications prior to 31 March 2018 must meet the September 2015 guidance.



The QAA guidance on scholarship and the pedagogical effectiveness of staff is also relevant to such applications.


Guidance on scholarship and the pedagogical effectiveness of staff: Expectations for Foundation Degree-awarding powers and for taught degree-awarding powers

Publication Date: 30 Jan 2013

This guidance on scholarship and the pedagogical effectiveness of staff sets out expectations for Foundation Degree-awarding powers and for taught degree-awarding powers.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 274 KB

Applications for TDAP received after 1 April 2018 will be subject to the revised criteria outlined in the new Regulatory Framework published by the Office for Students.


Securing student success: Regulatory framework for higher education in England

Publication Date: 02 May 2018

Author: Office for Students
Format: PDF
Size: 1756 KB

Further information on transitional arrangements is available in Regulatory Advice 4: transitional arrangements for degree awarding powers and university title.



Guidance and templates for RDAP


Applicants for research degree awarding powers (RDAP) who submitted applications prior to 31 March 2018 must meet the September 2015 guidance.



The QAA guidance on academic staffing is also relevant for such applications.


Guidance on applications for the grant of research degree awarding powers: Academic staff (Criterion 1)

Publication Date: 21 Feb 2014

​This QAA note of guidance, which is intended to assist applicants in their preparations for research degree awarding powers, focuses on Criterion 1, relating to academic staff, and should be read in conjunction with the existing Guidance.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 106 KB

Applications for RDAP received after May 2018 will be subject to the revised criteria outlined in the new Regulatory Framework published by the Office for Students.


Securing student success: Regulatory framework for higher education in England

Publication Date: 02 May 2018

Author: Office for Students
Format: PDF
Size: 1756 KB

Further information on transitional arrangements is available in Regulatory Advice 4: transitional arrangements for degree awarding powers and university title.



Applicants for university title


Applicants who submitted applications for university title prior to 31 March 2019 must already have TDAP and must also satisfy additional criteria in the government guidance on university title. 


Guidance for Higher Education Providers: Criteria and Process for applying for University Title and University College Title

Publication Date: 02 May 2018

Author: BIS
Format: PDF
Size: 578 KB

Applications received after 1 April 2019 will subject to the revised approach outlined in the new Regulatory Framework published by the Office for Students.


Securing student success: Regulatory framework for higher education in England

Publication Date: 02 May 2018

Author: Office for Students
Format: PDF
Size: 1756 KB

Further information on transitional arrangements is available in Regulatory Advice 4: transitional arrangements for degree awarding powers and university title.