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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

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


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


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


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


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


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.


Representations on degree awarding powers

Although we are not the decision-making body, it is concerned to ensure that the advice that it provides on applications is reasonable and fair. Therefore, in the event that an applicant institution has concerns about the advice being given on its application, it may make written representations to us before the advice is provided to the Privy Council. This provides an opportunity for us to reconsider our advice.