The arrangements for securing outline approval to develop a programme that leads to a University award or to make modifications to an approved taught programme are given here:


Once the proposal has been approved at Strategic Planning, Resources and Development Committee (SPRDC), where necessary, and Programmes Committee, the arrangements for securing approval for a new programme that leads to a University award are given here:


The approval forms require financial plans to be presented and the following spreadsheet can be used to generate the financial information to be included with the Approval Forms at Appendix 1:


An up to date programme specification and a set of up to date module specifications are required in order to support a proposal for approval of a new or modified programme.  The specifications should be developed in the programme and module databases, located here:

 Guidance on completing programme and module specifications and designing the curriculum are available at:

             Curriculum Design Guide

             Guidelines for Preparing a Programme Specification

             Guidelines for Preparing a Module Specification

The UK Quality Code contains the main reference points for use in programme design and development.

For the Expectations about academic standards see Part A.

Part A contains the Qualifications Framework which specify outcome based level descriptors; subject benchmark statements for a range of common subjects; and characteristics statements for specific categories of provision including Foundation Degrees, Integrated Master’s and Doctoral qualifications.

For the Expectations about the quality of the student learning experience see Part B

Part B contains good practice on all aspects of the student life cycle, the programme life cycle, collaborative partnerships and postgraduate research provision. Embedding the specified good practice in a programme proposal during the design phase is beneficial.

For the Expectations about information about the provision that is provided for prospective students, current students and staff, see Part C.

Part C contains good practice on making available valid, reliable, useful and accessible information about programmes for different audiences.  Embedding the specified good practice in a programme proposal during the design phase is beneficial.