What are the subject pilots?
TEF provides information about teaching at higher education providers to help prospective students choose where to study.
TEF ratings are currently given at provider level only, but making this information also available at subject level will be even more useful to applicants.
We’re currently carrying out subject pilots on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) to find the most effective way of producing TEF ratings at subject, as well as college or university level.
- TEF subject pilot 2017-18: This pilot tested how two models produce TEF subject ratings.
- TEF subject pilot 2018-19: This pilot will be based on the findings of the 2017-18 pilot, responses to the DfE consultation and findings from the DfE’s student research. The specification will be published after the Government response to the consultation has been released – this is expected in autumn 2018.
As these pilots are testing methods, none of the ratings they produce will be published.
From 2019 onwards, TEF will be assessed and ratings will be published at subject and provider level.