Your courses might be validated by a UK university, but how can you get a mark of quality which shows that all aspects of your organisation meet UK standards in your own locality? As an independent higher education institution teaching in English outside the UK, BAC’s independent higher education accreditation gives you added visibility in a highly competitive market and instils confidence in the quality of your institution.

The reputation of UK higher education attracts students worldwide. To attract the most able both locally and globally, external recognition of your institution gives you that competitive edge.

BAC will inspect your management, teaching, student welfare, and premises and ensure that your organisation meets the high standards required of a higher education institution in the UK, but in a local context. Achievement in all these areas awards you independent higher education accreditation from the British Accreditation Council for four years.

  • Governance, Strategy and Financial Management
  • Academic Management and Administration
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Student Recruitment, Support, Guidance and Progression
  • Premises, Facilities and Learning Resources
  • Quality Management, Assurance and Enhancement

Achievement in all these areas awards you accreditation by the British Accreditation Council for four years.

Is this the right scheme for you?

The Independent Higher Education Institution (IHEI) accreditation scheme is designed for those institutions which deliver the majority of their programmes at HE level. The inspection standards and key indicators are intended to be specific to the delivery of higher education (particularly British higher education), in part informed by the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and the responsibilities of partner organisations set out in the Handbook for the Quality Management of Collaborative Provision developed by the Council of Validating Universities.  This scheme is open to both institutions based in the UK and international.

If you are a provider of higher education, the Independent Higher Education accreditation scheme can add value and prestige to your institution.

How to apply

Full details on the application and inspection process are outlined in the what is involved section. When you are ready, please complete the application form below, using the guidance notes and scheme document.