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

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

Providers seeking to sponsor migrant students are subject to educational oversight by QAA and must be reviewed on a regular basis using one of these review methods. Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers) is also the method by which applicants seeking specific course designation are reviewed.


Further information about educational oversight and specific course designation is available on the relevant Government websites.



Details about how to apply for review for educational oversight or specific course designation 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 can be used for both educational oversight and review of specific course designation.


Handbook and guidance


Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers) Handbook, June 2017

Publication Date: 30 Jun 2017

Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers) is QAA's principal review method for alternative providers. This handbook explains how Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers) works and gives guidance to providers and review teams.

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Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 907 KB

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

Publication Date: 30 Jun 2017

This document provides a concise and easily accessible guide to Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers) for students.

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Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 1235 KB

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

Publication Date: 30 Jun 2017

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Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 54 KB

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

Publication Date: 30 Jun 2017

This guidance document provides Lead Student Representatives with information about Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers).

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Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 639 KB

Higher Education Review (Embedded Colleges)


Higher Education Review (Embedded Colleges) is for providers that operate networks of colleges embedded on, or near, the campuses of two or more UK higher education providers.


Handbook


Higher Education Review (Embedded Colleges) Handbook, June 2017

Publication Date: 30 Jun 2017

Higher Education Review (Embedded Colleges) is QAA's review method for alternative providers that operate as embedded college networks. The handbook explains how Higher Education Review (Embedded Colleges) works and gives guidance to providers and review teams.

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Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 672 KB

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, June 2017

Publication Date: 30 Jun 2017

‚ÄčThis handbook is for providers recognised by UKVI as exceptional arrangements that require educational oversight by QAA, and which are not covered by other methods such as Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers) or Higher Education Review (Embedded Colleges). Exceptional arrangements include embedded colleges operating as autonomous institutions with close links to a higher education institution.

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Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 356 KB

Higher Education Review (Foreign Providers)


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


Handbook


Higher Education Review (Foreign Providers) Handbook, June 2017

Publication Date: 30 Jun 2017

This handbook explains how Higher Education Review (Foreign Providers) works and gives guidance to providers and review teams.

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Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 443 KB

This review method was formerly known as Recognition Scheme for Education Oversight (RSEO). Providers that offer short-term study abroad programmes only will continue to be reviewed using RSEO.


Recognition Scheme for Educational Oversight (RSEO) Handbook, June 2017

Publication Date: 30 Jun 2017

Recognition Scheme for Educational Oversight is QAA's review method for providers offering only short-term study abroad courses in the UK.

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Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 371 KB

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.


Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers): Partial Review Process

Publication Date: 01 Jul 2017

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Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 57 KB