Regulatory advice 12: How to apply for degree awarding powers

This regulatory advice sets out guidance for existing and new providers of higher education in England that wish to apply to the OfS for authorisation to use degree awarding powers from October 2018.

Note: This document is yet to be updated to incorporate the changes to conditions of registration that came into effect on 1 May 2022, and should be read in conjunction with the regulatory framework.

OfS 2018.46
24 October 2018


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Last updated 08 December 2023
08 December 2023
Link fixed in advice pdf.
30 October 2023
Typo corrected in Appendix B of Annex D.
28 July 2023
We have made a small amendment to the wording in paragraph 34 of Annex D.
27 July 2023
Annex D published: operational guidance on the OfS’s approach to undertaking the assessment of applications for DAPs.
01 May 2022
Link added to list of consequential changes to conditions of registration, in effect from 1 May 2022.
17 June 2021
Updated to reflect that we are accepting DAPs applications
16 December 2020
Update to the alert message.
15 May 2020
Notice added about the suspension of applications for degree awarding powers.
20 December 2018
Annex C was updated to correct an error in the formulae for total higher education student numbers in cells K12 to M13 of the ‘Template – New provider’ tab.

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