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Planning a new programme

Important information for education providers planning to run a new programme

Have you seen our resources on the new Quality Assurance model?

Your progress through our approval process will depend on whether your institution already runs HCPC-approved provision.

If your institution runs HCPC-approved provision, please complete and return the Approval request form - existing institution. You will have one or more key quality assurance contacts established with us. One of these people should manage the request to approve a new programme.

If your institution does not run HCPC-approved provision, please complete and return the Approval request form - new institution. Through the approval process, we will establish key contacts who will manage the request to approve your institution and programme(s).

How to advertise your programme

We require that publicly available information for any programme going through our processes is accurate, so that potential learners and service users are not mislead. The following information is intended to help education providers achieve this.

How to refer to programmes

Terms such as “subject to HCPC approval” may only be applied if you have engaged with our approval process for the programme. You may only use the term “HCPC approved” if the programme appears on the register of approved programmes.

Admitting learners

You may admit learners to a programme that is not approved, but they must be aware that:

  • one of the results of our approval process is that we do not approve the programme, and that if this was the case the programme could not run
  • we may require changes to the programme that could impact on your intended start date.

Status of those completing programmes

Completing an approved programme does not automatically lead to HCPC registration. Rather, completing a programme leads to “eligibility to apply for HCPC registration”. Learners must then apply to join the HCPC Register, and we will make a decision about whether to admit them.

Page updated on: 18/10/2021