As part of the arrangements for maintaining educational oversight and specific course designation, providers are required to submit an Annual Return each year between reviews and undergo monitoring visits. 


Guidance explaining what is required for each of the different types of Higher Education Review is published on this page, along with a copy of Annual Return forms.


Educational Oversight


Annual Monitoring for Educational Oversight and Educational Oversight Exceptional Arrangements

Publication Date: 15 Jun 2018

This guidance note applies to alternative providers undergoing annual monitoring for educational oversight purposes. This includes alternative providers that have had a Review for Educational Oversight (REO), Higher Education Review (Plus), Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers) or Educational Oversight, Exceptional Arrangements.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 267 KB

Annex 2: Annual monitoring for educational oversight and educational oversight exceptional arrangements: monitoring process annual return form

Publication Date: 15 Jun 2018

Please complete this form electronically and send to us by the date requested (normally 9-10 months after your last QAA visit or annual return).

Author: QAA
Format: DOCX
Size: 24 KB

Embedded Colleges


Annual Monitoring for Embedded Colleges

Publication Date: 15 Jun 2018

The annual return and the monitoring visit are integral parts of the overall Embedded Colleges process.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 355 KB

Annex 2: Annual monitoring for Embedded Colleges: monitoring process annual return form

Publication Date: 15 Jun 2018

Please complete one form for each embedded college and one form for the provider and send to us by the date requested (normally nine to 10 months after your last QAA visit or annual return).

Author: QAA
Format: DOCX
Size: 31 KB

Foreign Providers


Annual Monitoring for Foreign Providers

Publication Date: 15 Jun 2018

This guidance note applies to foreign and study abroad providers undergoing annual monitoring for educational oversight purposes. This includes providers that have undergone a Higher Education Review (Foreign Providers).

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 232 KB

Annex 2: Annual monitoring for foreign providers: monitoring process annual return form

Publication Date: 15 Jun 2018

Please complete this form electronically and send to us by the date requested (normally 9-10 months after your last QAA visit or annual return).

Author: QAA
Format: DOC
Size: 58 KB

Short-term study abroad providers


Annual monitoring for short-term study abroad providers

Publication Date: 15 Jun 2018

This guidance note applies to foreign and study abroad providers undergoing annual monitoring for educational oversight purposes. This includes providers that have undergone a Recognition Scheme for Educational Oversight (RSEO).

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 308 KB

Annex 2: Annual monitoring for short-term study abroad providers: Monitoring process annual return form

Publication Date: 15 Jun 2018

Please complete this form electronically and send to us by the date requested (normally 9-10 months after your last QAA visit or annual return).

Author: QAA
Format: DOCX
Size: 20 KB

Specific Course Designation


Annual Monitoring for Specific Course Designation Purposes

Publication Date: 15 Jun 2018

This guidance note applies only to alternative providers undergoing annual monitoring for specific course designation purposes. This includes alternative providers that have previously had a Review for Specific Course Designation (RSCD), Higher Education Review or Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers).

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 204 KB

Annex 2: Annual monitoring for specific course designation: Monitoring process annual return form

Publication Date: 15 Jun 2018

Please complete this form electronically and send to us by the date requested (normally 9-10 months after your last QAA visit or annual return).

Author: QAA
Format: DOCX
Size: 22 KB