Applying for accreditation

Application for HEA accreditation is made via a documentary submission within a structured template. The accreditation submission template is updated annually and is available on the HEA website.

The submission template was introduced in 2015-16 to support institutions in structuring their submission to present relevant information required to meet the criteria for accreditation.

The completed template must be endorsed by the institutional signatory and be accompanied by the full participant facing guidance for all programmes presented.

You will need to refer closely to two HEA documents as you complete the submission template and embed the requirements for accreditation within the participant-facing guidance for each programme:

Please refer to the HEA accreditation policy 2016-17 for the terms and requirements related to HEA accreditation.

Submitting the completed accreditation submission template

When completed the submission template and appendices should be emailed to the accreditation team at

The submission will be checked to ensure that all documentation is complete and an acknowledgement will be sent to the institution.

Accreditation commences on either 1 February, 1 May or 1 September and runs for a period of three years. The following deadlines apply for 2016-17:

Accreditation submission deadline

Earliest programme start date

31 October 2016

1 February 2017

31 January 2017

1 May 2017

31 March 2017

1 September 2017

Accreditation must be confirmed prior to the programme start date and backdating of accreditation start date is not permissible.

Contact us

Please contact the accreditation team by email at or by phone on 01904 717500 if you have any further queries.