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Programme regulation changes


Page last updated 20 July 2016


The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) funds and regulates universities and colleges in England. HEFCE powers are based on accountability for the public funding that it distributes.

The main external body for quality assurance in UK higher education is the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). The QAA has delegated authority from HEFCE. The QAA (in consultation with HEFCE and the sector) sets external reference points for higher education institutions in England. Institutions are expected to use these reference points when developing programmes and when designing their own internal quality assurance and enhancement procedures. In this way, it is possible to make broad comparisons about academic threshold standards across different institutions.