We are proposing a revised set of ongoing conditions of registration relating to quality. Each condition has been written to provide more clarity to providers about what is required, and to include more detail about what the conditions mean in practice, and how they would be interpreted.
You can find a full explanation of the terms we use in the consultation document.
B1: Academic experience
We would require providers to make sure that courses deliver a high-quality academic experience for students. This includes requirements for the content, structure and delivery of a course.
B2: Resources, support and student engagement
We would require providers to offer the resources and support necessary for students to have a high quality academic experience and succeed on, and beyond, their course. This includes human, physical and digital resources and a minimum requirement for student engagement.
B4: Assessment and awards
We would require a provider to ensure that assessment of students is rigorous and consistent, and the qualifications granted to students are credible and hold their value over time.
How are these different from the current conditions B1, B2 and B4?
These conditions provide more detail and clarity about our requirements when compared with the current conditions of registration. These ongoing conditions of registration, that apply to registered higher education providers, would be separated from the initial conditions that would need to be met by providers seeking registration.
Why are we taking this approach?
These proposals offer better regulatory protection to students because they more clearly set out a minimum set of requirements for all higher education courses offered by registered higher education providers.
They set out requirements for the rigour and challenge that all students should expect from their courses and assessments, no matter where or how they study, and no matter what their background.