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How we regulate approved education programmes

Our role and process for regulating AEI programmes

Quality assurance (QA) is our process for making sure that all our approved education programmes reach the required standard to protect and maintain public safety.

Before a programme can be run, an approval process takes place through which we check that the proposed programme meets our standards. A programme cannot run until our approval process has confirmed that the standards have been met.

Programme approval involves an event at which our review team meets with representatives of the approved education institution (AEI) and other stakeholders. The NMC review team speaks to students as part of the QA process. We contract operational delivery of our QA processes to a company called Mott MacDonald.

Once a programme is approved, we might select it as part of our annual monitoring review process. This allows us to make sure that AEIs continue to meet our standards for the programmes they run. Monitoring review teams also look at how an AEI manages any risks associated with delivering the programme.

AEIs are required to send us an annual self-assessment report and to self-report on an extraordinary basis any risks or concerns that could affect the quality of programme delivery and, therefore, public protection. We also have our own internal process for collecting, analysing and responding to any risk intelligence we receive around QA and education, including concerns raised with us directly by students.

We strongly encourage students to take part in QA events, where they will be asked to share experiences of their programme and suggest improvements. These events are an excellent learning opportunity and students can document these experiences in their portfolio and CV.