Categories of Providers’ Licences

Category 1: University

A licence to operate as a ‘university’ permits a provider established as a ‘University’ under the Act or by a regulation made there under, or by any other law, as well as providers which are not so established, to provide accredited ‘higher education programmes’, as defined in the Third Schedule, including those self awarded or otherwise.

For eligibility for a licence as university, a provider must be a body corporate and a self-awarding provider of higher education programmes

Category 2: Higher Education Institution
A licence to operate as a “higher education institution” permits a provider to provide accredited “higher education programmes”, as defined in the Third Schedule, whether self-awarded or otherwise. This licence includes higher education institutions established by the Act or by a regulation made there under or by any other law. It also includes providers which are not so established

For eligibility for a licence as a “higher education institution”, a provider shall be a body corporate.

A licence to operate as a “higher education institution” does not authorise a provider to provide “further education programmes” as defined in the Third Schedule.

Category 3: Further Education Institution
A licence to operate as a “further education institution” permits a provider to provide accredited “further education programmes” as defined in the Third Schedule, whether self-awarded or otherwise. This licence includes further education institutions established by the Act or by a regulation made there under or by any other law. It also includes providers which are not so established.

For eligibility for a licence as a “further education institution”, a provider shall be a body corporate. A licence to operate as a “further education institution” does not authorise a provider to provide “higher education programmes” as defined in the Third Schedule.

Category 4: Further Education Centre  
A licence to operate as a “further education centre” permits a provider to provide accredited “further education programmes” as defined in the Third Schedule, which are non-self-awarded.

For eligibility for a licence as “further education centre”, the provider shall be an individual and shall not be a body corporate.

A licence to operate as a “further education centre” does not authorise a provider to provide self-awarded “further education programmes” or “higher education programmes” as defined in the Third Schedule.

 

Category 5: Tuition Centre
A licence to operate as a “Tuition Centre” permits a provider to provide, as its main mission, courses not part of compulsory schooling in accordance with the licence.

A licence to operate as a “Tuition Centre” does not authorise a provider to provide any of the courses or programmes listed in the Third Schedule, but only those listed in the licence itself.