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Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP)

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The Engineering Council sets the overall requirements for the Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP) in engineering, in line with the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

Our COVID-19 Information for HE providers is available below (under Useful Documents). This includes a University Impact Report template, which has been created to assist providers in submitting relevant information about adjustments (including those arising from factors other than COVID-19) that have had an impact on programmes that needs to be notified to the accrediting PEI(s).

AHEP sets out the standard for degree accreditation. It also outlines the purpose and application process for universities that wish to secure or maintain accreditation of their programmes. The standard for engineering degrees has been developed through consultation with the engineering profession and includes input from employers and academics.

Degree accreditation is undertaken by sector specific professional engineering institutions under licence from the Engineering Council.   These institutions interpret the standards as appropriate for their own sector of the profession and use them when deciding whether degree programmes meet the requirements to be awarded ‘Engineering Council accredited degree' status.

AHEP was first published by the Engineering Council in 2004, and adopts the same outcomes-focused approach as UK-SPEC. It was reviewed in 2013 It was most recently reviewed and updated in 2020, with the fourth edition published in August 2020. Since 2006, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) has adopted the Engineering Council’s learning outcomes as the subject benchmark statement for engineering.

Accreditation of different types of degree

Programmes may be accredited as fully or partially meeting the education requirements for registration as either an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or a Chartered Engineer (CEng). AHEP sets out the output standards expected from each of the following:

  • Bachelors and Bachelors (Hons) degrees (accredited as fully meeting the education requirements for IEng registration)

  • Bachelors (Hons) degrees (accredited as partially meeting the education requirements for CEng registration*)

  • Integrated Masters (MEng) degrees (accredited as fully meeting the education requirements for CEng registration)

  • Other Masters degrees (accredited as partially meeting the education requirements for CEng registration)

  • Key principles and reference points are provided for the accreditation of EngDs.

*Further learning to Masters level is required to fully meet the education requirements for CEng registration.

All honours degrees accredited since 1999 as partially meeting the education requirements for CEng also fully meet the educational requirements for IEng registration.

There are six key areas of learning, regardless of degree type

  • Science and mathematics

  • Engineering analysis

  • Design

  • Economic, legal, social, ethical and environmental context

  • Engineering practice

  • Additional general skills

Download AHEP

Click here to download ‘The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes: Third edition’. All accredited degrees taught from September 2016 should align with this edition

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Download a previous edition of AHEP

Visit our publications archive to view earlier editions of AHEP. If the intake date of an accredited degree is earlier than August 2016 it may be aligned with the second edition of AHEP

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Accreditation is a mark of assurance that a degree programme meets the standards set by the profession. Learn more about accreditation here

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Accredited course search

Find a degree programme that partially or fully satisfies the education requirements for IEng or CEng registration using our course search

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Fourth edition, to be implemented by 31 December 2021

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