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Building on extensive feedback from across the UK sector over the past year, QAA is now gathering feedback on a redeveloped model for a revised UK Quality Code. You can find out more about QAA’s work to review and revise the UK Quality Code in our background and context document.

The revised model represents a significant change to the current version of the UK Quality Code. It offers more information for providers when considering their approach to quality and standards, yet retains a succinct and clear overview of what providers can expect of themselves and each other.


Overarching Sector-Agreed Principles align to the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) and identify the features that are fundamental to securing academic standards and offering a high-quality student learning experience in the UK.

Key Practices set out the ways providers can demonstrate they are adhering to the Sector-Agreed Principles.  

These two elements form the UK Quality Code and are accompanied by underpinning Advice and Guidance that offers further detail across specific topic areas. 

The Sector-Agreed Principles and the Key Practices that sit under them are divided into three core areas: Strategic approach, Evaluating quality and standards, and Implementing the approach to quality enhancement and standards, as shown below.

Strategic approach

Sector-Agreed Principle 1: Taking a strategic approach to managing and enhancing quality and standards

Sector-Agreed Principle 2: Engaging students as partners in the quality of their learning experience

Sector-Agreed Principle 3: Resourcing the delivery of a high-quality learning experience

Evaluating quality and standards

Sector-Agreed Principle 4: Using data to inform and evaluate quality and support enhancement

Sector-Agreed Principle 5: Monitoring, evaluating and enhancing provision   

Sector-Agreed Principle 6: Engaging in external quality and standards review   

Implementing the approach to quality enhancement and standards

Sector-Agreed Principle 7: Designing, developing, approving and modifying programmes  

Sector-Agreed Principle 8: Working in partnership with other organisations 

Sector-Agreed Principle 9: Recruiting, selecting and admitting students

Sector-Agreed Principle 10: Supporting students to achieve their potential  

Sector-Agreed Principle 11: Teaching, learning and assessment with integrity - enabling students to develop knowledge, skills and competencies 

Sector-Agreed Principle 12: Raising concerns, complaints and appeals  

Read the redeveloped Quality Code

In November 2023, we published a version of the Quality Code for sector feedback, which you can find below. The survey closed on 19 January 2024 and the feedback is being used to inform the latest draft of the Quality Code, due for final, formal consultation in April 2024.

The UK Quality Code: Version for sector feedback

Publication date: 27 Nov 2023