In Wales, we work closely with higher education providers and a range of other organisations to support and review the management of academic standards and quality. 


We have an office in Cardiff to help provide a responsive service to our subscribers and funders. We work closely with the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), Universities Wales and higher education providers in Wales.


Our Wales Strategic Advisory Committee is chaired by a member of our Board from the university sector in Wales. The Committee provides strategic advice to our work and ensures that the Board is kept aware of specific matters of relevance in Wales.


Review activity


Quality Enhancement Review


Quality Enhancement Review is our method for reviewing higher education providers in Wales. It combines quality assurance and quality enhancement, involves students and can be adapted to suit the scale and nature of particular universities and colleges.



Gateway Quality Review


Gateway Quality Review: Wales allows a higher education provider to demonstrate its compliance with the baseline quality requirements for higher education in Wales.



Welsh Language commitment


We work by the principle that in our work in Wales, we will treat the English and Welsh languages as equal and meet the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 as it applies to us.


Annual Report for 2016-17 on QAA's engagement with the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011

Publication Date: 31 Jan 2018

Document Details
Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 199 KB

Working with students


Information for students about QAA's reviews in Wales, and how they can get involved in the review process, is being developed in association with NUS Wales and students.


Student membership of review teams


Each of our review teams in Wales includes a student member, as part of our approach to engage students in quality assurance and enhancement of their own higher education. 


Wise Wales 


Wise Wales is a defining feature of further and higher education in Wales, and its aim is to ensure that Wales remains at the forefront of student engagement. Led by NUS Wales, Wise Wales is a joint initiative supported by HEFCW, QAA, Higher Education Academy (HEA), Universities Wales and Colleges Wales.


Qualifications Wales


Qualifications Wales regulates non-degree qualifications and the qualifications system in Wales. QAA is responsible for the regulatory framework through which Access to HE courses are regulated and recognised. The Access to HE Diploma is a level 3 qualification that offers adults with few or no qualifications the chance to progress to higher education. The MoU sets out the respective responsibilities for both parties with regard to this qualification offered in Wales.