The existing UK Quality Code was developed with the higher education sector and is maintained and published on their behalf, by QAA. It sets out 19 Expectations that all providers of UK higher education are required to meet. It is grouped into three Parts.


Part A – Setting and maintaining academic standards

Part B – Assuring and Enhancing Academic Quality

Part C – Information about higher education provision


The Expectations


Expectations are what universities and colleges expect of themselves and each other, and what students and the public and expect of them.


The UK Quality Code for Higher Education: Overview and Expectations

Publication Date: 05 Aug 2015

The UK Quality Code for Higher Education is the nationally agreed, definitive point of reference for all those who deliver or support UK higher education programmes. This document will help you understand the UK Quality Code for Higher Education, its purpose, values and how it is developed and maintained by QAA and the higher education sector.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 754 KB

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The Quality Code: A Brief Guide

Publication Date: 20 Feb 2015

The UK Quality Code for Higher Education (the Quality Code) is used to assure the standards and quality of higher education in the United Kingdom. This brief guide explains what the key features of the Quality Code are, why the Quality Code is important, and how it is used.

Author: QAA
Format: PDF
Size: 375 KB

Transitional Arrangements


The Quality Code has undergone significant redevelopment, with new Expectations and Practices published in March 2018.



Transitional arrangements for moving to this new Code vary across the nations. If you are unsure which version of the Code applies to your institution, please contact us.