- We will ensure that our approach to the registration of new providers facilitates entry for those with high quality courses and innovative approaches.
- We will continue to encourage diversity of provision through our funding streams.
- We will consider using small-scale, regulatory ‘sandboxes’ for providers wishing to experiment in innovative and flexible approaches in a way that continues to satisfy our requirements.
- During the latter half of the strategic period, we will seek to proactively increase the diversity of provision available to students. We will explore using information to stimulate demand and competition, and funding to stimulate supply.
- We will explore ways to facilitate new entry to the sector through our approach to registration and degree awarding powers, including looking at the resources available to prospective providers and considering whether new categories of registration would be helpful. We will also consider whether we should intervene in the validation system to increase the availability of high quality courses across England.
- We will work with government to ensure our regulatory approach is appropriate in the context of lifelong loan entitlement.*
*The ‘lifelong loan entitlement’ (LLE) is a government policy proposal to provide individuals with a loan entitlement to the equivalent of four years’ worth of post-18 education to use over their lifetime.