Check if a university or college is officially recognised

Overview

Institutions that offer degree-level courses in the UK are called either ‘recognised’ or ‘listed’ bodies.

Recognised bodies are higher learning institutions that can award degrees.

Listed bodies cannot award degrees themselves. If you study a degree course at a listed body, your degree will be awarded by a recognised body.

Example If you studied for a foundation degree in Early Years at Aylesbury College, your degree would be awarded by Buckinghamshire New University.

If your degree is not from an officially recognised UK university or college, there’s no guarantee it’ll count when you’re looking for a job.

More information

The lists of recognised bodies, listed bodies and recognised awards are not guaranteed to always be up to date.

If your university or college is not listed, contact the Office for Students to check that they’re officially recognised.