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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - www.hefce.ac.uk - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.

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Who is eligible to apply for a new location or register new courses?

Any provider that has current designation for undergraduate student support, disabled students' allowance or postgraduate masters loans.

Full information is contained within the Government guidance: Specific course designation: guidance for alternative higher education providers.

When should you use this process?

You should use the new locations and course process when you wish to:

  • register a new course at a location (or multiple locations) that have existing designation
  • apply for a new additional location to be designated
  • apply for a new additional location to be designated and register new courses at that location
  • change Higher National (HN) courses under the ‘one in, one out’ policy. See page 17 of the Government guidance.

New location application process

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When should you not use this process?

You should not use this process if you wish to:

  • change an existing location for another
  • make small title changes to a course where there is no substantial effect on the course design or structure. 

These changes are managed under the change of circumstances process.

How can you apply?

Before making an application you should ensure you have everything you will need to submit a complete application. This information is contained within the Government guidance: Specific course designation: guidance for alternative higher education providers.

Application packs are available to all providers who hold current designation via the HEFCE extranet.

Contacts

If you have any queries about your application, please contact a member of the Gateways team on 0117 931 7317 (select option 2) or email coursedesignation@hefce.ac.uk.

Page last updated 26 July 2017

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