Thinking about Degree Awarding Powers?
The Higher Education and Research Act (2017 (HERA) makes it possible for a registered higher education provider in England to apply for Degree Awarding Powers (DAPs), even when it has no prior track record of providing higher education, or is seeking DAPs in one or a restricted range of subjects. This is 'New DAPs'.
Providers can apply to the Office for Students (OfS) to be considered for New DAPs at the same that they register with OfS as a provider, or later.
OfS will check the provider's financial sustainability, management and governance. QAA than checks on behalf of OfS that the provider's plans for courses, teaching, learning and its support (including by qualified staff), meet OfS requirements.
Meeting these tests means that providers with New DAPS can award degree level qualifications and credits for three years, after which they must apply for Full DAPs (with some provisos).
1. Baseline assessments for New DAPs
If you are a provider interested in applying to hold New DAPs then you might want to commission a Baseline Assessment of your readiness from AAA. We offer Baseline Assessment services for both New DAPs and Full DAPs. Assessments allow clients to gauge how their existing arrangements measure up to the requirements of the OfS Regulatory framework and assess their priorities
2. Diagnostic and Developmental Assessment for New DAPs
AAA also offers Diagnostic and Developmental Assessments for clients seeking New DAPs that combine a Baseline Assessment (Part 1) with staff development and support to enable the client to draw up their New DAPs Plan and make their application to OfS. (This is Part 2).
As a further service, AAA can also offer clients extended support over the time they hold New DAPs and an advice hotline (This is Part 3, an add-on option).
3. Baseline Assessments for Full DAPs
Providers based in England that are registered with OfS and have prior experience of working with an awarding body to offer degree-level courses AND meet the OfS criteria can apply immediately for Full DAPs.
As with Baseline Assessments for New DAPs, Baseline Assessments for Full DAPs consist of desk-based studies of the client's existing papers and plans, and review meetings with senior managers usually on-site. Again, Assessments of readiness to apply for Full DAPs are made a two-person AAA team which reports back to the client in writing.
4. Diagnostic and Developmental Assessments for Full DAPs
These assessments are designed for clients with some experience of providing higher education. They combine a Baseline Assessment of the client's readiness to apply for Full DAPs (Part 1), with staff development and support for the client as it makes its own critical self-assessment against the OfS requirements for holders of Full DAPs and support (as required) with the application to OfS.
As a further service, AAA can also offer clients extended support over the time they hold Full DAPs to enable them to apply with confidence for Indefinite DAPs and an advice hotline (Part 3, add-on option).
For further information on AAA assessments for New DAPs and Full DAPs please contact the Directors.