The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) is the independent body devoted to safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education.

Through contracts with the higher education funding councils QAA conducts external reviews to check that UK higher education meets national expectations. All UK universities and other degree-awarding bodies subscribe to QAA, which also assures the quality of education provided through college-based higher education; and through other partner providers via a process known as 'educational oversight'.

In recognition of the fast-changing higher education landscape, QAA works increasingly to assure the strong standing of UK higher education both in the UK economy and in the international arena. QAA helped shape the Foundation Degree, which supports work-based skills, and has published guidance on enterprise and entrepreneurship education for students. In 2013 QAA will also be consulting on new guidance relating to how providers might offer education for sustainable development.

As regulators of the Access to Higher Education Diploma, QAA also assures the quality of courses that are designed to give access to degree-level education in a wide range of work-related disciplines, including accountancy, midwifery and law. These courses widen participation in higher education for adults with broken education histories. QAA also conducts reviews of the Early Years Professional Status qualification, and of the General Osteopathic Council.

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NCUB and QAA announce partnership

NCUB and the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) are delighted to set out a framework for shared working.