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We are carrying out planned maintenance on Saturday 24 June. 

This means at times, you may become disconnected from Apply. Please do not make any changes to your application during the following times:

  • 07:30 – 08:00 on Saturday 24 June
  • 14:00 – 15:00 on Saturday 24 June

Track will also be unavailable between 09:00 – 11:00 on Saturday 24 June.

The UCAS Teacher Training search tool will also be unavailable from 18:00 on Friday 23 June until 23:59 on Sunday 25 June.

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for courses starting in 2017

Find out what the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is, and how it may affect the choices you make about where to study.
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The information below applies to courses starting in autumn 2017. Find out how the TEF will operate for courses starting in autumn 2018

What is the Teaching Excellence Framework?

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is being introduced by the Government to encourage excellent teaching in universities and colleges. It is intended to help students choose where to study, by providing clear information about teaching provision and student outcomes.

In its first year, the TEF will allow universities and colleges to increase their tuition fees, in line with inflation, if they have passed a baseline quality standard.

Find out more about tuition fees, and fee levels across the UK


Which universities have TEF?

View the full list of universities taking part in year one of the TEF.


When is TEF being introduced?

The changes apply to courses starting from September 2017, and may apply to existing students who started after 1 September 2012. It is up to each university to decide whether or not to change their fees. 


How will TEF be calculated?

In the first year of TEF, universities and colleges will receive a Meets Expectations award, if they pass the relevant quality criteria.  

In future years, universities and colleges could achieve additional levels of TEF. TEF decisions will be made against a set of criteria covering teaching quality, learning environment, as well as student outcomes. It will look at a range of factors, including the National Student Survey results.

Find out more about the TEF and how it works.


How does TEF affect my tuition fees?

Universities and colleges with a successful TEF award will be able to increase fees for full-time courses, in line with inflation.

For 2017, this means maximum fees will be £9,250 a year. The Welsh Government has maintained the fee cap of £9,000 for students studying in Wales.

The changes apply to courses starting from September 2017, and may apply to existing students who started after 1 September 2012. It is up to each university to decide whether or not to change their fees.

Find out more about information about tuition fees, and fee levels across the UK


Will my loan still cover my tuition fees? 

The tuition fee loan will still cover the full cost of your university or college fees.


What if my university doesn’t have TEF?

If your university or college doesn’t have a TEF award, it will be because it has either opted out of the TEF, or because it has not passed the quality criteria.