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Higher Education Review is the method by which we review private providers of higher education. There are currently two versions of this review method.

  • Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers)
  • Higher Education Review (Foreign Providers).

From 1 August 2019, the Office for Students (OfS) has been the educational oversight body for providers eligible to register with them. Eligible providers wishing to apply for or maintain Tier 4 sponsor status must register with the OfS. The OfS is also the body for providers requiring specific course designation. QAA will continue to be an educational oversight body only for those providers not eligible to register with the OfS.


Further information about educational oversight is available on the relevant Government website. For providers not eligible to register with the OfS, details about how to apply for a QAA review for educational oversight are available on our applying for review page.


Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers)

Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers) is our main review method for private providers and is used for educational oversight purposes.


Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers) Handbook, September 2019

Publication Date: 10 Dec 2019

A brief student guide to Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers), June 2017

Publication Date: 30 Jun 2017

Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers): guidance for facilitators, June 2017

Publication Date: 30 Jun 2017

Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers): Survival Guide for Lead Student Representatives, June 2017

Publication Date: 30 Jun 2017

HIGHER EDUCATION REVIEW (FOREIGN PROVIDERS)

Higher Education Review (Foreign Providers) is for overseas higher education providers operating in the UK.


Higher Education Review (Foreign Providers) Handbook, September 2019

Publication Date: 10 Dec 2019

Providers that offer short-term study abroad programmes only will continue to be reviewed using Recognition Scheme for Education Oversight (RSEO).


Recognition Scheme for Educational Oversight (RSEO) Handbook, September 2019

Publication Date: 05 Nov 2019

Embedded Colleges


Educational Oversight: Exceptional Arrangements is the review method for embedded colleges that do not operate as part of a network. 


Educational Oversight: Exceptional Arrangements Handbook, September 2019

Publication Date: 07 Nov 2019

Partial review

There may be occasions where providers are required to have a partial review (for example, following material changes at the provider). The following document provides more information about the partial review process.