Decisions on applications for specific designation are made at the discretion of the Welsh Government.
From 1 April 2018, HEFCW will be responsible for managing the specific designation process, including processing applications and in future the ongoing monitoring of providers who have had courses specifically designated by the Welsh Ministers prior to this date. HEFCW will also advise the Welsh Ministers on whether or not to award specific course designation.
Specific Designation of Undergraduate courses, and Postgraduate courses for the purposes of Disabled Students’ Allowances
The Welsh Government consulted on revised arrangements for specific course designation in 2015. The Welsh Government’s policy, updated in 2018, can be downloaded below. The policy applies to the designation of undergraduate courses and postgraduate courses and also designation of postgraduate courses for the purpose of enabling students to access Disabled Students Allowances. Courses with an existing designation are not affected, but HEFCW will review these courses in due course. The policy applies to the designation of courses which started on or after 1 September 2017.
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 Office for Students.
Who to contact
If you wish to submit an application for course designation or have any queries about the guidance and process, please contact HEFCW:
If you have any queries about designation, you can also contact Welsh Government on HECourseDesignation@gov.wales