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Accrediting Course Content for Professional Practice

SBID are appropriately recognised to accredit BA and MA university course content specifically for interior design, holding the unique ability to measure the criteria required from the practising industry and consult with the profession to create relevantly skilled and professionally trained designers. SBID connected with universities and schools through student competitions across the UK.

Higher Education Statistics Agency

As a professional interior design organisation, SBID is an accrediting body of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), recognised as a provider of accreditation for interior design courses at national degree awarding universities and colleges in UK. A course accredited by the SBID is therefore regarded as fit-for purpose for the journey into the professional practice of interior design.


The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) are the experts in UK higher education data and the designated data body for England. Collecting, assuring and disseminating data about higher education (HE) in the UK and working with HE providers to collect and curate one of the world’s leading higher education data sources.

HESA’s Unistats Dataset act as an accreditation survey of customer and provider data gathered from the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE), as well as information provided by individual universities, colleges and students on higher education courses. This broadly collated data provides accurate statistics as a guide to help potential students make an informed decision when selecting a destination to study a degree. The statistics measure outcomes. The information includes five key areas of data for potential students when choosing a course:

  • Accreditations granted to the course by professional bodies
  • How the course is assessed
  • Proportions of scheduled learning and teaching hours
  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation costs

The Unistats Dataset statistics also provide information on student continuance of courses, providing statistics on course numbers such as when a course commences, drop out numbers throughout the year and course results achieved. This overall analysis of courses, student course participation and industry accreditation provide a close-up measurement including peer opinion of individual course success over a variety of measures.

SBID is the founding recognised professional body for accreditation specifically for interior design courses to the Unistats Dataset created through consultation with universities and practitioners in practice of all SBID identified specialisms in interior design.

How does SBID work with universities?

SBID assess how fit-for-purpose tuition transfers to the commercial world. We created a Memorandum of Understanding between SBID and educators at a variety of UK universities. Various groups and forums collectively established an agreement to form and improve the outcome of course content for a career in the commercial environment. In 2011, following an introduction from the Minister of Universities and the Department of Education, SBID formed collaborations directly with individual universities empowered to provide interior design degrees and continued with our highly researched remit to measure course content. In 2015, SBID was then validated with accreditation status by the HESA’s Key Information Set (now known as Unistats Dataset) for interior design. In the same year, SBID created 5 modules for interior design BA and MA degree courses registered with HESA.

SBID went on to create the pioneering three-step approach to course Accreditation from Recognition to Accreditation and ultimately, status as an SBID Centre of Excellence.

Why is it important to support interior design initiatives in education?

Practicing Interior Designers previously argued that university graduates didn’t possess the skills expected from a junior designer. At the time of SBID incorporation, there wasn’t a single university in the UK connected with a professional interior design organisation. Immediately, SBID was selected from three professional interior design organisations to be the partner of the course leaders’ informal group.

SBID was founded on a remit to measure and create fit-for-purpose education for its suitability and appropriateness in the commercial environment. We provide the information for the benefit of students so that they can make an informed choice from the professional body to the profession they hope to graduate in when selecting a suitable university.

Graduating with an interior design degree from an Accredited course recognised by the professional body pre-eminent in validating course content and education for practice provides prospective employers with the comfort that course content is fit for purpose.

SBID own the intellectual property of course validation and accreditation scheme.

How does SBID accredit course content?

Evaluating course content, we measure interior design modules content for a variety of criteria to ensure it covers the content required for practice. Considering its relevance for the broader industry, innovation, creativity and employer’s expectations of basic knowledge in the workplace.

As the government monitored the criteria and outcomes of the accredited courses, SBID monitored the transfer from teaching to learning through mentoring programmes and paid internships, student competitions and inclusiveness. We arranged course-share diversity. In addition, SBID drafted five modules for interior design which, after being formally approved were adopted by some universities in the UK as part of a BA Interior Design course. This process provided the government to review and measure outcomes through course grades. We accredit university course content ensuring each course meets all-inclusive education standards, this is provided through Head of School, Chancellor and government personnel. The accreditation relates to a carefully measured professional criteria and process.

What is the difference between the pioneering accreditation scheme created by SBID and other providers?

SBID created five independent course modules adopted into a BA interior design degree course by directly empowered universities. The course modules are registered with HESA. The SBID has been the sole influencing professional body between education and practice in the specific field of interior design expertise to which course accreditation applies.

We’re proud to encourage the next generation of trained and qualified professionals by supporting universities interior design qualifications. All SBID Recognised courses therefore provide free student membership; including one year post-graduation membership, a fifty per cent fee reduction in year two to help transition to the workplace, leading into full SBID Accreditation as a professional-work-experienced interior designer commencing year three.

This accredited status opens the route to international practice, professional indemnity insurance and life long learning and guidance in the profession of interior design. Click here to find out more about SBID Accreditation.


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