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Alternative higher education providers: specific course designation - criteria and conditions

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This guidance has been updated and replaced with a new version.

Supplementary guidance on the new specific course designation criteria and conditions.



Supplementary guidance to ‘Alternative higher education providers: specific course designation guidance for applicants’ that was published in June 2013. This document offers additional guidance on:

  • franchise arrangements
  • postgraduate only courses
  • quality assurance
  • student number controls for alternative providers

This supplementary guidance should be read in conjunction with the following documents which also relate to the alternative provider specific designation process: