1. Overview

Higher learning institutions that are officially recognised in the UK are called either ‘recognised’ or ‘listed’ bodies. You can get a degree by studying at either type of institution.

Recognised bodies are higher learning institutions that can award degrees.

Listed bodies can’t 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 isn’t from an officially recognised UK university or college, there’s no guarantee it’ll count when you’re looking for a job.

More information

We can’t guarantee that the lists of recognised bodies, listed bodies and recognised awards will always be up to date.

If your university or college isn’t listed, contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to check that they’re officially recognised.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recognised.ukdegrees@bis.gsi.gov.uk