Welcome To DQB

The Designated Quality Body in England provides assessments and advice for the Office for Students on quality and standards in higher education in England.

Who We Are

The Designated Quality Body in England is operated on arms-length basis by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).


Quality and Standards Review (QSR) provides evidence to the Office for Students to allow the OfS to make judgements about whether providers meet the requirements of the OfS regulatory framework.


Degree Awarding Powers

All valid UK degrees are awarded by a body that has degree awarding powers. The Designated Quality Body conduct assessments of English higher education providers to provide advice to the Office for Students regarding the quality of, and the standards applied to, higher education provided by a provider seeking degree awarding powers.


The Designated Quality Body conducts the External Quality Assurance of End-Point Assessment Organisations, on behalf of the Office for Students, where a provider is offering an integrated higher or degree apprenticeship in England.