Higher education: market entry guidance

Guidance on degree awarding powers, university title, designation for HEFCE funding and further education to higher education transfers.

The guidance sets out the:

  • various stages of the application process
  • criteria
  • evidence requirements needed to demonstrate the criteria
  • assessment and decision making processes

The guidance updates and supersedes previous guidance and is effective from 15 September 2015.

See also Specific course designation: guidance for alternative higher education providers.


  1. Designation as an institution eligible for HEFCE funding

    • Guidance
  2. Foundation degree awarding powers

    • Guidance
  3. Taught and research degree awarding powers

    • Guidance
  4. University title and university college title

    • Guidance
  5. Transferring from the further education to the higher education sector

    • Guidance