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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 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.
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.
AHEP sets out the standards for degree accreditation, including the key areas of learning required for all degree types.