Applying for Educational Oversight

Applying for Educational Oversight

Applications for Educational Oversight can be made all year round

Who can apply for Educational Oversight?

ISI accepts applications from colleges offering education provision at Level 3 (Approved on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and English language courses at level B2 and above of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

English colleges wishing to sponsor students on courses at Level 4 and above should contact the Office for Students (OfS) who are the Educational Oversight body for higher education.

A college applying for Educational Oversight must: 

  • be based in England or Wales
  • be privately funded or have a separate privately funded provision
  • have provided courses for UK students: for a continuous period of at least two years, and one of those courses must meet the Home Office requirements for students on Student visas and be full time (15 hrs + per week)
  • provide evidence of address
  • provide audited financial accounts

What is the cost of Educational Oversight?

Financial Sustainability Check

All colleges must provide:

  • Colleges must provide audited financial statements that cover the two most recent financial years prior to application.
  • The accounts must be audited by an independent registered auditor that is not the same firm that prepared the accounts.
  • Colleges who are not currently required to have audited accounts, will exceptionally be able to submit two sets of accounts that have been approved by the directors but not audited, although they must obtain audit certification for the last balance sheet that has been prepared.

Please note that once a college has been accepted into the Educational Oversight process, they must, irrespective of their size, provide their latest audited accounts to ISI each year for an annual financial check.

Colleges whose applications are approved will undergo an inspection approximately 6 months after a successful application.

For further information or queries please see our FAQs or contact the PFE team.