Development Phase

Once the Programme Management Board approves the programme for full development, the College/School and the Proposing Team will need to develop the full Programme Proposal online on the Programme Approval and Management (PAM) System.

At this point, the Proposing Team should engage external expertise to support and advise them through the academic development of the programme. If the programme is entirely new as opposed to being a development of an existing programme an External Subject Specialist and Employer should be engaged to support development.

Students should be engaged from the concept phase, but if they have not yet been engaged, ensure that they are fully engaged as part of the Proposing Team from this point forward.

The Proposal must cover each section identified in the proposal template, focusing on Learning and Teaching, Employability, Assessment and Feedback, Student Experience and other key elements. The Proposing Team must also develop and upload the following documents which frame the structure of the programme:

  • Programme Structure/Student Journey Map
  • Assessment and Feedback Strategy
  • Curriculum Map
  • Approved and Updated Module Proformas for all modules (including any optional modules)

As part of the process of Programme Development, the Proposing Team must develop and/or review all modules that form the programme and present these as part of the programme proposal. Each module must be completed using the Module Proforma and approved by the College’s/School’s Learning and Teaching Committee, prior to inclusion within the proposal. Once complete, the modules must be updated on the Programme Pathways/Syllabus Rules system, which can be accessed via the PAM system.

All teams proposing new programmes are required to complete a proforma which identifies if there are any issues relating to Tier 4 compliance in the proposed programme. If there are matters requiring attention, for example lack of clarity around UKVI compliance,  it would normally be picked up by Programme Approval Committee as a condition of approval. Where necessary teams will be referred to the Governance team who will be able to advise how UKVI compliance can be assured. If you are amending an existing programme you should also consider UKVI compliance using the same form.

The Guidelines on the Development, Approval and Review of Modules provide full information on the development of new modules.

During this phase, the Proposing Team and College/School will need to work closely with the Academic Partnerships Department for any programmes including collaborative partnerships. More information on this process can be found in Code of Practice for Collaborative Partnerships and in the Frequently Asked Questions relevant to this section.

The Development Phase of the process aligns to the EXPECTATION FOR QUALITY

Courses are well-designed, provide a high-quality academic experience for all students and enable a student’s achievement to be reliably assessed.

Feedback from key stakeholders/sources and multidisciplinary research allow developers to craft relevant and innovative courses of study. Sources of feedback for course design may include internal and external specialists, prospective, current and past students, employers and PSRBs. The incorporation of a systematic, relevant and stimulating assessment strategy, which enables course and module learning outcomes to be met, is also a key consideration for course design and development.

This phase of the process aligns to Guiding Principle 3 and Guiding Principle 4 for Course Design and Development set out in in the Advice and Guidance associated with to QAA UK Quality Code.

Have a look at our FAQs for more information.

Actions Required:
  • Nominate External Assessor/External Subject Specialist
  • Nominate Employer
  • Create programme proposal in PAM
  • Create/update all modules
  • Create Programme Pathways/Syllabus Rules
  • Create Assessment and Feedback Strategy
  • Create Curriculum Map
  • Create Programme Structure/ Student Journey Map
  • Complete relevant approval processes for any new partners
  • Submit Programme Proposal to College Learning and Teaching Committee for final internal approval
  • Submit Programme Proposal to Programme Approval Committee by assigned Programme Delivery Plan deadline.

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