Setting Up and Re-Approving a Course

Validation

Validation is the formal process by which a new or significantly revised course is examined by an acknowledged group of experienced peers including UEA and external academics, employer representatives and students. Validation and revalidation policies and procedures follow the principles of the QAA UK Quality Code.  

Validation and revalidation guidance

Validation document template

Validation document checklist

Programme specification template

Programme specification guidelines

Course proposal process flowchart

Initial course proposal form 

Example module outline template 

Example course map for PI submission 

Revalidation

Revalidation is the formal process by which a course is evaluated and UEA is assured of the continuing quality of the provision. The process normally takes place every five years and is the basis for revalidation with effect from the following academic year. The revalidation process can be brought forward at the discretion of the Chair of the relevant Joint Board of Study where there is a major variation to a course, or where either the institution or the University have a particular concern. Internal and external peer review is a normal part of revalidation, as it is of the validation process.

Revalidation self-evaluation document template 

Revalidation documentation checklist

Admissions

The status of students studying on UEA validated courses must be made clear on admission to the course.

The admissions policy of the partner institution should follow or be consistent with that of UEA and must take into account the QAA’s UK Quality Code.

Accreditation of courses

In certain circumstances courses offered by outside bodies can be accredited by UEA. Such courses will lead to the award of a University Certificate or Diploma, but are not credit-bearing and sit outside the National Qualification Framework (NQF). Courses appropriate for accreditation will tend to be for continuing professional development. Academic Partnerships will be able to advise on the appropriate approval process for such awards.