The UK independent higher education accreditation scheme is designed for those institutions which deliver programmes at HE levels.

The inspection criteria are intended to be specific to the delivery of higher education (particularly British higher education), in part reflecting learning outcomes which meet the guidelines developed 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 accreditation scheme is available to any institution which is wholly or predominantly offering degree programmes, normally in partnership with a university or other HE awarding body, and which offers its students a range of resources appropriate to those studying at the level of higher education.

For comprehensive information on the accreditation process please see the Accreditation Handbook September 2012.

How to apply

Full details on the application and inspection process are outlined in the what is involved section. To process with the application please complete the enquiry form and send it to A member of staff will then contact you to discuss the next steps