Accelerated Degrees: widening student choice in Higher Education

Closed 11 Feb 2018

Opened 11 Dec 2017


This consultation is about the provision of accelerated degree courses in higher education.  The consultation seeks views on how to enable and encourage wider provision of accelerated degree courses, and increased enrolment by students. 

This consultation is for anyone with an interest in higher education, and particularly in flexible modes of provision. This includes:

  • Higher education providers and representative groups
  • Higher education provider faculty and professional services staff
  • Prospective and current students and graduates, especially those who are studying or have studied on an accelerated degree course
  • Student representative bodies; and
  • Businesses of all sizes


Why We Are Consulting

The Higher Education and Research Act (HERA) 2017 created a new power for the Government to set a specific annual fee for accelerated courses.  In the debate in Parliament on the passage of the Bill, we committed to consult on the detail of our proposals.  This consultation fulfils that commitment. 


  • Adult education providers
  • Further education colleges
  • Independent specialist colleges
  • Designated institutions and 16-19 academies
  • Employers
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Government bodies and departments


  • HE
  • Lifelong learning