The UK Quality Code for Higher Education is used to assure the standards and quality of UK higher education. It is used by UK higher education providers to ensure they are achieving the outcomes expected of them. It presents a series of reference points to help providers offer their students a high-quality experience.


New Expectations and practices published 


The Quality Code has undergone significant redevelopment. Following extensive consultation, the Expectations and Practices of the new Code were published in March 2018. The full Code, including the advice and guidance that underpins the Expectations and Practices, is scheduled for publication in November 2018.


The new Expectations and Practices underpin the quality and standards conditions of registration that new providers will need to meet when seeking OfS registration.


Transitional arrangements


Transitional arrangements for moving to the new Code as a reference point for quality assessment reviews vary across the nations. Those providers undergoing a review in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland should reference the existing Code until August 2019, as well as alternative providers in England undergoing annual monitoring and other review-related activities. Quality Review Visits in England will also reference the existing Code until June 2018. 

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The revised Quality Code

Based on three elements that provide a reference point for effective quality assurance: Expectations, Practices, and Advice and Guidance.

The existing Quality Code

Consists of three Parts that address academic standards, academic quality, and information: Parts A, B and C.

Subject Benchmark Statements

SBSs are available for bachelor's degrees with honours; master's degrees; health professions; and professional qualifications in Scotland.