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



Full details of requirements, how to apply, and how the application is considered, can be found in our handbook.


Degree Awarding Powers in Wales: Handbook for Applicants

Publication Date: 07 Feb 2017

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 Wales and explains the role played by QAA.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 419 KB

Guidance and templates for FDAP


Applicants for FDAP must meet the Guidance on the Applications for the grant of Degree Awarding Powers: guidance and criteria for applicants in Wales (2017). 



Having applied through the Welsh Government and been allocated a QAA SharePoint site, applicants will be asked to upload their critical self-analysis and evidence along with the following completed template.


Foundation degree awarding powers (FDAP): Applicant profile

Publication Date: 02 May 2015

To be submitted at the time of application

Author: QAA
Format: DOC
Size: 118 KB

Applicants are also required to complete the Criteria Mapping and Staffing Information Templates - available on request from QAA.


Guidance and templates for TDAP


Applicants for TDAP must meet the Guidance on the Applications for the grant of Degree Awarding Powers: guidance and criteria for applicants in Wales (2017). 



Applicants are also encouraged to refer to our guidance on scholarship and the pedagogical effectiveness of staff. 


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

Having applied through the Welsh Government and been allocated a QAA SharePoint site, applicants will be asked to upload their critical self-analysis and evidence along with the following completed template.


Taught degree-awarding powers (TDAP): Applicant profile

Publication Date: 02 May 2015

To be submitted at the time of application

Author: QAA
Format: DOCX
Size: 41 KB

Applicants are also required to complete the Criteria Mapping and Staffing Information Templates - available on request from QAA.


Guidance and templates for RDAP


Applicants for RDAP must meet the Guidance on the Applications for the grant of Degree Awarding Powers: guidance and criteria for applicants in Wales (2017). 



Applicants should also consult the QAA guidance on academic staff.


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

Publication Date: 21 Feb 2014

‚ÄčThis 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

Having applied through the Welsh Government and been allocated a QAA SharePoint site, applicants will be asked to upload their critical self-analysis and evidence along with the following completed template.


Research degree awarding powers: data table

Publication Date: 02 Mar 2015

Data table to be completed and included in an applicant organisation's critical self-analysis

Author: QAA
Format: DOCX
Size: 48 KB

Applicants are also required to complete Criteria Mapping - available on request from QAA.


Applicants for university title


Please contact the Welsh Government for further details on how to apply for university title.