Course Design, Development and Approval

The Office for Students requires registered Higher Education providers to deliver well-designed programmes of study that meet national degree standards, provide a high-quality academic experience for all students, and prepare them for employment or further study. At Edge Hill, new programmes go through a formal planning process before entering detailed design and development. Once written, course documents are approved through an internal validation process where curriculum content (modules), teaching, assessment, student support, staffing and resources are scrutinised thoroughly before the courses can be advertised, and students recruited. The following pages summarise these processes with more information contained in Chapter 4 of our Quality Management Handbook. The processes take account of the Quality Assurance Agency’s (QAA) Advice and Guidance on Course Design and Development which supports the UK Quality Code for Higher Education.

Validation and Audit Standing Panel

The Validation and Audit Standing Panel (VASP) is responsible to Edge Hill’s Academic Quality Enhancement Committee for the development, operation and evaluation of the University’s validation, periodic review and internal audit processes. The Panel consists of qualified and experienced academic and academic-related support staff who are assigned to individual validation, review and audit panels. Panel members ensure that new and existing provision meets nationally-defined standards, complies with the University’s own regulations, and provides an appropriate quality of learning opportunities for students.

Edge Hill staff can find more information regarding VASP membership on the internal wiki pages.

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