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BAC - British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education

Admission valid until: 2020-01-31 (listed since 2015-06-05)
Based in*: United Kingdom
HE systems where agency conducted reviews**: Bulgaria, Greece, Ireland, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Reports by the agency: http://www.the-bac.org/accredited-providers/directory/
External review reports and EQAR decisions:

Contact details

Website: http://www.the-bac.org
Address: Ground Floor
14 Devonshire Square
London
EC2M 4YT
UK
Contact Person: Paul Fear
Phone: +44 (0)300 330 1400
Email: paul.fear@the-bac.org

Information on the agency's work

BAC is an independent organisation, established in 1984 to be the national accrediting body for independent post-16 education in the UK. BAC is a not-for-profit charitable organisation and is self-financing through accreditation fees. It receives no public funding. BAC is a non-regulatory body and higher education institutions applying for accreditation approach BAC voluntarily.

The award of accreditation is subject to an institution meeting standards established and periodically reviewed by BAC. The decision to award accreditation is made by an independent committee which considers reports produced by a professional inspectorate. Institutions are subject to regular monitoring, centering on interim visits and the submission of annual returns

External quality assurance activities in the scope of the ESG: BAC accredits institutions. Institutions applying for accreditation vary greatly in size and in the character of provision. Many are specialist institutions offering only a small number of study programmes. To reflect the diversity of the sector, BAC operates five accreditation schemes to cover all types of provider. Accreditation, at present, is only available to private providers.
ENQA membership: Full member

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