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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – support and guidance

The Office for Students is the regulator for English higher education providers. In April 2018, QAA became the designated quality body under a new regulatory framework, with responsibility for assessing quality and standards in English higher education.

We are working with the Office for Students to design and implement a gateway review method for providers that wish to be included on the OfS register. We are also responsible for the scrutiny of applications for university title and degree awarding powers. For more information about the regulatory framework, visit the Office for Students’ website. 

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In performing our role as the designated quality body, we charges fees to providers each year that cover up to four distinct areas of activity.


DQB fees

Reviewing Private Providers

We review private or alternative higher education providers that wish to sponsor international students' visas (educational oversight reviews), or offer programmes that are eligible for student finance packages (specific course designation). Any new higher education providers in England wishing to apply for a review for the purposes of specific course designation should now access the information on the OfS website and follow this process. 

Quality Review Visit

Quality Review Visits are reviews under a previous regulatory framework, though some reviews will continue to operate during the period of transition from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to the OfS. The OfS can provide further guidance for those providers with a QRV scheduled for summer 2018, and who would like to know more about the transition period, or have any questions relating to the broader regulatory decision.