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Applications are submitted to the Office for Students (OfS), who pass them to us for assessment and scrutiny. Any organisation considering this step should contact the Office for Students in the first instance. Further information is available on the OfS website.


This guidance document is intended for existing and new providers of higher education in England that wish to apply to the OfS for authorisation for degree awarding powers. It should be read in conjunction with the regulatory advice published on the OfS website.

Degree Awarding Powers in England: Guidance for Providers on Assessment by QAA

Publication Date: 24 Oct 2018

For applicants that applied before 31 March 2018, full details of the requirements and how the application is considered can be found in our December 2015 handbook. If you require a copy of this handbook or any supporting documentation please contact us.