Programme life cycle

Programme and module design, approval, modification, suspension and withdrawal: taught programmes

A major component of the quality framework is the design and approval of new programmes.  Procedures are set out in the Code of practice for the design and approval of new programmes and periodic programme review.  It is important to bear in mind that the completion of the programmes and module paperwork should be the culmination of the academic process in devising a new programme or module, not the starting point.  Advice on curriculum design is provided by the Department of Higher Education.  Procedures are also in place to ensure that programme modifications and suspensions and withdrawals are properly managed.

Annual programme review

Annual programme review provides a "health-check" that programmes are running as they should and uses a range of evidence such as self-evaluation, student feedback, student performance data and external examiner reports to do so.  Reports are produced at the programme level which are then summarised at Faculty level before being scrutinised by ULTC.  Procedures are set out in the Code of practice for annual programme review: taught programmes.

Periodic programme review

Periodic programme review is the process through which validated programmes are re-validated for a further period, normally five years.  The process ensures that existing programmes of study continue to be relevant, current, meet their stated aims and objectives/learning outcomes and are adequately resourced and that the quality of the student experience is maintained.  The process also identifies opportunities for enhancement.  Details are set out in the Code of practice for the design and approval of new programmes and periodic programme review.

QAA Quality Code