Validation of degree apprenticeships

Programme viability

Each new programme must be considered through the programme viability process. Further information is available in the Code of practice for Programme Lifecycle Processes and is overseen by Programme Viability Approval Committee.

The purpose of the committee will be to assess the viability of each proposal within the following areas:

  • Market demand
  • Resources required to deliver
  • Financial margin.

In brief once a proposal has met the requirements for viability within the main areas as detailed above and approved it can then progress to the validation stage. At this stage the programme will be advertised as ‘subject to validation.

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Validation of degree apprenticeships

The design and approval process (validation) is the quality assurance mechanism by which a proposed programme of study is scrutinised to assure Senate (the academic authority) that the programme meets the University’s expectations for quality and academic standards.

The validation of new degree apprenticeships programmes is managed in four distinct phases.

  • These phases can be categorised as:
    • Evaluation/development by the programme team
    • Planning meeting and confirmation of title(s) of the programme of study
    • Validation event and judgement/decision 
    • Post-event activity
  • Panel members for the validation event will consist of:
    • A chair
    • Internal panel member
    • Student panel member
    • External panel member(s)
    • Event coordinator
  • The validation event will focus on the scrutiny of the proposed programme.
  • The outcomes of the validation event will be:
    • Approval with/without conditions and/or recommendations and commendations
    • Rejection, with detailed reasons
  • Programmes approved through the validation process will have an open ended approval and will be subject to the periodic enhancement process when their school/department next undertake the process as per the schedule (for periodic enhancement schedule dates please email
  • The periodic enhancement process operates at school/department level.

Further information and guidance, including process maps, can be found within the Code of practice for validation of new degree apprenticeships.

External panel members

Please note: you may be aware that there are now commitments on employers to ensure that staff are eligible to work in the UK (PDF). This requirement applies to external assessor appointments.

All external assessors are required to provide a photocopy of their passport prior to the validation/enhancement event and should present their current original passport to the event coordinator at the event, to allow recording of sight of the original passport.

Template and guidance documents

Below are the relevant word templates and guidance documents related to these processes.