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Subject Benchmark Statements describe the nature of study and the academic standards expected of graduates in specific subject areas. They show what graduates might reasonably be expected to know, do and understand at the end of their studies.

Subject Benchmark Statements are written by subject specialists and we facilitate this process. They are used as reference points in the design, delivery and review of academic programmes. They provide general guidance but are not intended to represent a national curriculum or to prescribe set approaches. Instead, they allow for flexibility and innovation.


Subject Benchmark Statements are available for bachelor's degrees with honours and master's degrees. To find a particular Subject Benchmark Statement, use our search below.

28 new and revised statements published

We are currently in the process of updating Subject Benchmark Statements. 15 revised Statements were published in March 2022, 10 in March 2023, 3 in September 2023 and a further 13 in March 2024. These are the first to incorporate consideration of how practice within disciplines addresses the wider social goals of equality, diversity and inclusivity; Education for Sustainable Development; requirements of disabled students; and enterprise and entrepreneurship.