Part of the role of the OfS is to make sure you have authoritative, trustworthy information to help you make that decision.
Here are some of the things we do to achieve this:
We run the Unistats website providing official data to help those applying for higher education courses decide what and where to study.
It is the central, authoritative resource for information about undergraduate courses and providers.
2. Gathering information
We run and oversee surveys like the National Student Survey (NSS), which gathers students’ opinions on the quality of their courses.
This can help inform your choice as the results are published on Unistats.
3. Advising providers
We advise higher education providers on what information they should make available on their own websites and how this should be presented to help you choose a course.
See our guidance to providers
4. The TEF
We run the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) which recognises excellent teaching.
Outcomes are also published on Unistats to help inform your decision.
We have also published detailed outcomes on our site.
5. Registering providers
We are establishing a register listing all the providers officially recognised by the OfS.
To register a provider must meet a set of requirements.
6. Quality and standards
We oversee the quality of the academic experience which providers offer and make sure that they meet to certain standards.
‘Annual Provider Review’ is the main way providers are assessed for quality. Currently the outcomes from the reviews are published on Unistats as well.
7. Promoting access, success and progress
We promote access, success and progress for disadvantaged groups of students and aim to ensure all students are supported make the best decision for them.
8. Conducting research
We conduct research to make sure we understand what support students need to make decisions.
9. Supporting postgraduate students
As well as undergraduates, we are also responsible for supporting prospective postgraduate students in their decision making.