All new and modified programme proposals require Academic Approval before any significant development work is undertaken.

Strategic Approval

To obtain this approval a completed Academic Development Strategic Proposal (ADSP) form should be submitted to the Head of Standards and Enhancement (Operations).  

If there is an approved PAF or SAF, please contact Dr Lisa Cove, Acting Academic Registrar to discuss further.

Key Information Forms (KIFs) 

This may assist teams who are producing module specifications and are to be used alongside the curriculum development and design guidance when working with your AC SELE.

Key Information Form for Level 6 and below programmes

Key Information Form for Level 7 programmes

Key Information Form for Module Specifications

Annex 4 of the Programme Approval Handbook

This annex provides guidance and examples of many aspects of Programme Design and Development, which may assist teams with the planning for new programmes or changes to current programmes or modules.

 Annex 4i - Guidance for HE6 Programmes  Annex 4ii - Guidance for HE7 Programmes
 Annex 4iii - Guidance for HE8 Programmes  Annex 4iv - Best Practice Guide to Curriculum Design
 Annex 4v - GAME Design Guidance  Annex 4vi - Guidlines for Preparing a Programme Specification
 Annex 4vii - Guidelines for Preparing a Module Specification  Annex 4viii - Example of a Programme Learning Outcomes Map
 Annex 4ix - Example of a Coherence Map  Annex 4x - Example of an Assessment Table
 Annex 4xi - Example of an Assessment Journey Map  Annex 4xii - Example of a GAME Map
 Annex 4xiii - Module Standard Hours


Modification to an existing programme requires Academic Approval and this can be obtained, as follows:

A completed Change Approval Form (CAF) should be submitted to the Secretary of Programmes Committee.

The procedure to be followed is documented in Process Guide - Approval for Modification to Module and/or Programme Specifications

Programme Closure or Suspension requires approval from Programmes Committtee as follows:

A completed Programme Suspension and Closure Form  (PSCFshould be submitted to the Secretary of Programmes Committee.

Financial Planning for Programme Approval

The following spreadsheet can be used to provide the Appendix 1 financial information which is required for all Strategic, Academic and/or Apprenticeship Approval processes

 Appendix 1 - Financial-Planning-for-Approval-Process-2023-24

If you have any questions please contact the Standards and Enhancement Office at or telephone Angela Hale at 01204 953041