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Designated courses

The Welsh Government is responsible for administering and assessing specific designation applications from alternative providers. Decisions on specific designation are made at the discretion of the Welsh Government.

Applications will only be considered from providers that have charitable status. Please note that specific designation only applies to eligible students who meet the residency criteria for Wales. Institutions wishing to apply for courses to be designated for eligible students ordinarily resident in:

  • Scotland should apply to the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)
  • Northern Ireland should apply to the Department for the Economy (DfE)
  • England should apply to the Department for Education via the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Who to contact

If you wish to submit a request for course designation or obtain details of the current specific designation process and criteria, please contact for more information.

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