Course Approval (including Course Scrutiny Group and Course Closure forms)

Course Approval (including Course Scrutiny Group and Course Closure forms)

Please contact AQU if you have any queries on which documentation to use.

Initial approval has to be recommended by Course Scrutiny Group and endorsed by VCAG for all new course proposals, major and substantial changes (including changes to course or award titles), course closures and course suspensions.

For new course proposals please see the CSG Process Flow Diagram
Please submit your proposal to Sara Gibbon in AQU using the headings provided in the CSG Process Stage 1 Course Proposal Guidance Document

When CSG1 has confirmed that the proposal can progress, please complete CSG Stage 2 Course Proposal Form including CSG Stage 2 Template for Provision of Information for Prospective Students and CSG Stage 2 Course Proposal Costings

For collaborative courses with partners, please ALSO complete CSG Stage 2 Collaborative Provision Proposal Form

For proposed major and substantial changes (including changes to course or award titles), course closures and course suspensions please see:
Course Closure, Suspension and Substantial Change Procedures
Flowchart for Course Closure, Suspension and Substantial Change
Course Closure, Suspension and Major Change Policy

Please complete the Course Closure, Suspension and Substantial Change form in conjunction with the Course Closure Action Plan

Please submit completed forms to Sara Gibbon for submission to CSG Stage 2.

If you are planning to develop a new course, please contact AQU and your IQC Chair in the first instance to arrange a preliminary meeting to discuss the process and timescales.

If unsure if your proposal needs to go to CSG Stage 1 and/or CSG Stage 2, please see guidance here.

The Course Planning and Approval/Re-approval Process is the means by which the University approves all courses leading to an award granted by UW, either directly or via partnership arrangements. The development process is based upon a consultancy model carried out by the course team in discussion with internal and external specialists. Listed below are key appendices as outlined in the principles and process document:

Appendix 1 Flowchart for Course Planning and Approval/Re-approval process
Appendix 2 Standard Criteria for Approval of all Provision
Appendix 3 Checklist for Courses involving Collaborative Arrangements
Appendix 4 Course Proposal Form (See CSG forms above)
Appendix 4a Documentation sign-off form for Academic Head, IQC Chair (new from Jan 2017)
Appendix 4b Briefing paper for final approval meeting
Appendix 5 Intent to Approve form (ITA)
Appendix 6 Guidance on choosing External Advisers/External Panel Members
Appendix 7 Programme Specification Templates
Appendix 8 Course Handbook guidance (updated July 2017)
Appendix 9 Module Specification Template
Appendix 10 Report Template for External Adviser 1
Appendix 10b Report Template for Employer External Adviser
Appendix 11 Resource Statement - UW based programmes
Appendix 12 Resource Statement - Collaborative Provision courses
Appendix 13 AQU Officer's Report Template
Appendix 14 Approval of new delivery venues for existing provision

The University takes a risk-based approach with regard to approving changes to modules and/or courses. The majority of changes to be made to existing provision can be approved through the Institute Quality Committees with the degree of external input varying according to the types of changes that may occur (see Appendix 15 below).

Appendix 15 Guidance on Amendments to Modules and Courses
Appendix 16 Amendments to Approved Modules form
Appendix 17 Amendments to Approved Courses form
Appendix 18 Removal of Optional Modules form
Appendix 19 Cumulative change tracking spreadsheet - new from Aug 2017
Appendix 20 IQC cumulative change report template - new from Aug 2017

Guidance for mapping UW HND awards to Pearson BTEC HN awards

Feedback on AQU processes

Thank you for your involvement in our Course Planning and Approval process.
It would be really useful for future development of our processes if you could send us your feedback.
If you have recently attended an approval or review event at the University of Worcester, please click here to go to our Evaluation Questionnaire, or send any comments by email to the Academic Quality Unit.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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