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Accreditation of Higher Education programmes

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What is academic accreditation?

Accreditation is the process of reviewing an engineering degree programme to judge whether or not it meets the defined standards set by the Engineering Council. A degree may be accredited by one or more of the engineering institutions licensed to do so, particularly where it spans several engineering disciplines.

Accredited engineering degrees offer students, their parents and advisors, and employers an important mark of assurance that the programme meets the high standards set by the engineering profession. The value of degree accreditation is explained here.

Engineering employers and academics are involved in setting the standards, reviewing degrees and deciding whether to award accredited degree status.  Therefore, employers have a strong voice in deciding that an accredited degree programme provides a student with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills to support their application for eventual professional registration.

Programmes that are awarded accredited status are listed on the Engineering Council's accredited courses database.  Most accredited degrees are Bachelors, Honours or MEng.  Some Foundation degrees and Engineering Doctorates are also accredited.  An increasing number of MScs are being put forward for accreditation.  Other non-degree programmes, including apprenticeships and employer training schemes may be approved rather than accredited.

Accreditation is not a barrier to innovation in delivery. Degrees can be accredited for full time, part time or distance learning delivery, with or without elements of work based learning, which may or may not take the form of sandwich placements. 

An important development has been the Quality Assurance Agency’s adoption of the engineering profession’s standards in the AHEP as its Engineering Subject Benchmark Statement.

Use the links below to find out more:

AHEP – Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes handbook

AHEP is the document produced by the Engineering Council that sets out the standard for degree accreditation

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Information on accreditation for Higher Education students and graduates

Further information about accredited degree programmes and routes to professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng)

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Information for Higher Education providers

Additional information on how the Engineering Council works with universities to set the accreditation standards and support the provision of engineering education

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Accredited Course Search (ACAD)

Search for accredited degree programmes and establish which professional title they are aligned with

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Accreditation of Innovative Provision

A common myth is that accreditation stifles innovative provision.  This is not so.  The accreditation process supports innovation in the delivery and content of engineering degrees

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