SOAS University of London


Section E: QAA Quality Code


Teaching, Learning and Student Outcomes [TELSOC]
Student Experience and Outcomes Committee [SEOC]


Curriculum, Assessment and Quality Assurance Manager
Academic Registrar

The Quality Assurance Agency’s Quality Code replaces the guidance known as the Academic Infrastructure. It provides a shared means of describing academic standards in UK higher education. It is the basis of all quality assurance in the sector, including Institutional Review.  The Quality Code was revised in 2018 and is now know as the revised UK Quality Code for Higher Education (the Code).

The Code will continues to fulfil its role as the cornerstone for quality in UK higher education, protecting the public and student interest, and championing UK higher education's world-leading reputation for quality.


The revised Code is based on three elements that together provide a reference point for effective quality assurance:

1.  Expections which clearly and succinctly express the outcomes providers should achieve in setting and maintaining the standards of their awards, and for managing the quality of their provision.

2.  Practices representing effective ways of working that underpin the delivery of the expectations, and will deliver positive outcomes for students. These include:

  1. Core practices that must be demonstrated by all UK higher education providers as part of assuring their standards and quality;
  2. Common practices that will be applied by providers in line with their missions, their regulatory context and the needs of their students.  These are practices common to the underpinning of quality in all UK providers but are not regulatory requirements for providers in England.

3.  Advice and guidance which will help establish and new providers alike to develop and maintain effective quality assurance practices.

For the full UK Quality Code please see the QAA website here