Seek approval if you've not been approved before

The following information is from our new QA framework which came into effect on 1 September 2018. 

We also publish a QA handbook with our external QA delivery partner, Mott MacDonald, which sets out the detail of our processes and the evidence that you (and your practice learning partners) will need to provide to demonstrate that you meet our standards.

Submit your proposal

When you think your programme is ready for approval, you can email us at with your proposal which should include: 

  • the rationale for the proposal and intended programme delivery
  • confirmation of the appropriate qualification awarding power
  • evidence of resources in place to support the proposal
  • details of wider support (for example, partnerships with employer organisations, practice learning providers, education commissioners, employer led initiatives and senior level support such as Chief Nursing Officers)
  • proposed numbers of student intakes, start dates, fields of nursing (where appropriate) and a breakdown of student numbers for each programme
  • a timeline for all aspects of the proposal including intended future delivery of programmes.

You should request approval to run a programme at least 12 months before you expect your first cohort of students.

What happens next

Once we’ve received your proposal, we’ll carry out some preliminary checks and then share the information with Mott MacDonald. This can take up to 20 working days, but we’ll let you know when we’ve done this.

Mott MacDonald will then carry out the next steps of the approval process, as set out in the QA handbook, which include granting you access to the online QA portal, requesting evidence and scheduling an approval visit.

After your approval visit, Mott MacDonald will write a report to let us know if they recommend that our standards have been met or not.

We’ll then conduct our internal QA checks and will inform you of our approval decision outcome in writing within 20 working days of receiving their report.

During the approval process we may identify conditions that will need to be met before our approval can be given. 

Once we’ve approved you to run a programme, you’ll become an approved education institution (AEI). Find out more about seeking approval for subsequent programmes.