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QAA carries out substantial work to support the maintenance and development of academic standards and quality across UK higher education. The primary focus of this theme is on the frameworks and reference points that support providers in securing their academic standards, including Subject Benchmark Statements, Characteristics Statements and Qualification Frameworks.

This theme also focuses on topics that have strategic importance to the maintenance of academic standards such as external examining, academic integrity, the use of credit frameworks and degree classifications.

We work closely with our members and sector bodies to ensure that nationally agreed reference points for higher education are current, relevant and effective. All of this work underpins the UK Quality Code for Higher Education and offers a measure of security that students are getting the education they need to graduate with the qualifications they deserve.

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