We offer a range of programmes, including Foundation Certificate courses and undergraduate courses offering BA (Honours) Degree programmes for applicants aged 18 and over.

Our courses are validated by Liverpool John Moores University

Quality Assurance Agency - UK Quality Mark 


We are pleased to note the excellent outcome from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), following its review in May 2015.

A team of QAA reviewers visited Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and judged that its academic standards, the quality and enhancement of its student learning opportunities, and the quality of information about its learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.

The review identifies a number of examples of good practice. These include:

  • the comprehensive range of individually tailored and flexible support provided for students
  • the strategic approach to the use of deliberate and collaborative interdisciplinary practice, which prepares students for long term employability.

The review made one recommendation for improvement: to work with the awarding body to clarify and implement the policy on assessment to ensure that students receive feedback and marks in a timely manner.

QAA's Higher Education Reviews are carried out by experts from other universities and colleges. Every review team includes a student reviewer, because QAA believes that students should be partners in the quality assurance of their education.

The team that reviewed Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts included Professor Hilary Grainger (University of the Arts, London), Associate Professor Alan Howard (University of Reading) and Laurence McNaughton (student reviewer from the University of Southampton).

"The quality marks we achieve are reassuring for many. This one from QAA is especially welcomed." - Mark Featherstone-Witty RNOM OBE

Read the full QAA report here (external link)

Please also see the agreed Action Plan:

Action Plan Arising From QAA​​​​​ Higher Education Review​

Student Representatives were consulted on the agreed action plan at the meeting of Institute Student Advisory Board on Thursday 26 November 2015 and confirmed that they endorsed the actions outlined.

​Teaching Excellence Framework Results

Our teaching received the top Gold rating in the Government's Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Awards, which were announced in June 2017.

The award means that the TEF panel judged that LIPA delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

The TEF was introduced by the Government to build evidence about the performance of the UK's world-class higher education sector, complementing the existing Research Excellence Framework with an analysis of teaching and learning outcomes.

As well as the award, the panel also released a statement of findings about LIPA. It highlighted and praised:
  • A strategic focus on vocational and professional education, demonstrated by a rigorous approach for ensuring that students attain the skills most highly valued by the Creative Industries.
  • An exemplary simulated work environment, including masterclasses, mock auditions, placements and regular public performances.
  • A strategic use of teacher-practitioners to frequently engage students with developments from the forefront of scholarship and professional practice.
  • Outstanding levels of student satisfaction for academic support.
  • Very high levels of student satisfaction for teaching, assessment and feedback.