The revised UK Quality Code is developed by QAA on behalf of the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment (UKSCQA), in consultation with the higher education sector. The Expectations and Practices of the Code were published in March 2018. The full Code, including the advice and guidance, is scheduled for publication in November 2018.


The revised Quality Code is based on three elements that together provide a reference point for effective quality assurance:

  • Expectations - express the outcomes providers should achieve in setting and maintaining the standards of their awards, and for managing the quality of their provision.
  • Practices - represent effective ways of working that underpin the delivery of the Expectations, and will deliver positive outcomes for students. These include:
    Core practices that must be demonstrated by all UK higher education providers as part of assuring their standards and quality
    Common practices that will be applied by providers in line with their missions, their regulatory context and the needs of their students. These are practices common to the underpinning of quality in all UK providers but are not regulatory requirements for providers in England.
  • Advice and guidance - help established and new providers to develop and maintain effective quality assurance practices. 

The Expectations and Practices


The revised UK Quality Code for Higher Education

Publication Date: 03 May 2018

Developed by QAA on behalf of the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment (UKSCQA) in consultation with the higher education sector.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 348 KB

Transitional arrangements


Transitional arrangements for moving to this new Code vary across the nations. If you are unsure which version of the Code applies to your institution, please contact us.