All providers approved by the Office for Students need to comply with the conditions set out in our regulatory framework.
One of our main aims is that all students, from all backgrounds, receive value for money. By monitoring providers and enforcing regulation, we reduce the risk that this objective is not met.
Here are some of the ways we do this:
Limits on tuition fees
The OfS ensures that students do not pay more than they need to. Approved higher education providers must not charge fees that exceed the limits set by government.
Offering quality assurance
The OfS gets the Quality and Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) to assess providers’ quality and standards, and we take action when these don’t meet requirements.
Promoting excellent teaching
The OfS rates providers on the things students care about and publishes the results through the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF).
Providing the right information
Prospective students need good information to make the right choices about where to study. The OfS ensures that reliable information is available.
Unistats allows users to compare information about undergraduate courses, including results from the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and the National Student Survey (NSS).
Ensuring good governance
The OfS checks that providers are well run and that they are open about value for money for their students.
Protecting students' interests
The OfS checks that providers are being clear and fair with students. All approved providers must show that they comply with consumer protection law and be part of the student complaints scheme run by the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education.
Checking providers’ finances
The OfS checks providers’ financial statements and forecasts to make sure they are financially sustainable. Where there are issues, we have the power to inspect a provider and improve the way it is run.
Making sure there are contingency plans
The OfS makes providers publish a student protection plan that sets out what they will do if they close a course or shut down completely. The purpose of these plans is to ensure that students can continue their studies.