Alternative higher education providers: designation guidance

Guidance on criteria and conditions for designation of higher education providers.

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This guidance has now expired. It is updated and replaced by Specific course designation: alternative higher education providers.



This guidance sets out information for alternative higher education providers on:

  • the specific course designation system
  • annual re-designation/monitoring
  • the criteria for granting designation
  • the assessment and decision making process
  • the conditions of specific course designation
  • how student number controls and sanctions will be applied

This consolidated guidance updates and replaces previous guidance published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Published 31 July 2015
Last updated 7 July 2016 + show all updates
  1. Replaced document with new version.
  2. First published.