Applying to join the regulated sector
We have published separate pages which explain how to apply to the gateways described in this guide. Institutions can now apply for:
HE providers in England are a wide range of organisations. There are no restrictions over which providers can teach post-secondary education.
Universities, colleges of higher education, colleges of further education, and a wide variety of other institutions, charities and companies can all run HE programmes.
These providers can be for-profit and not-for-profit organisations.
What is the regulated sector?
To become part of the regulated HE sector, institutions must have one or more of several features.
These features are described within a ‘regulatory framework’, which covers:
- the powers to award degrees
- the right to use university title
- receiving HEFCE funding
- designation for student support purposes
- partnerships which deliver courses where the award is made by another organisation.
These are the 'gateways' to the HE system. The operating framework for HE describes the gateways and the framework of regulation in more detail.