Glossary Glossary

Academic Year


The start dates and end dates for undergraduate and taught postgraduate academic studies at the University, as amended from time to time in the University Policies and Regulations

Accredited Course

A course approved for delivery by UEA not leading to an award of the University


The process of approval of an accredited course by the university

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning



The award of credit to an individual student towards a specific

award on the basis of non-certificated prior learning and/or

relevant experience, usually assessed by a portfolio of evidence generated by the student. Credit is not awarded on the basis of

an experience itself but on the basis of the demonstrable learning outcomes of that experience

Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL)

The award of credit to an individual student towards a specific

award on the basis of prior certificated learning

Awarding Institution

An institution able to award degrees, diplomas and certificates

by virtue of authority given to it by statute, Royal Charter or

the Privy Council or under licence from another body


Aspects of good practice highlighted by validation, periodic

review, revalidation or institutional review panels



A formal document signed by the UEA and each partner

institution, which sets out the formal relationship between

the institutions and provides a framework within which courses

can be approved and delivered

Conditions of


Issues raised at validation that must be addressed by

the institution before a proposed new course may commence


A set of modules which leads to an award or gives credit towards an award; also includes courses of research leading to higher degrees.

Course Committee


The committee appointed by an institution to each course to oversee the delivery of the course

Course Team

The team of academic staff which develops and submits a

course of study for validation and subsequently delivers it

Course Validation

The process by which the University as awarding institution

judges that a course of study developed for delivery at an

institution is of an appropriate standard and quality to lead to an award of the University


Continuing Professional Development, a term for training

courses which support the development of employment-

related knowledge, skills and understanding


Council of Validating Universities, an organisation which

specialises in good practice and standards for the validation

of higher education courses by universities and colleges

('awarding institutions') or delivery by other colleges or organisations ('partner institutions')

Definitive Course



The final record of a validated course which should incorporate

all approved amendments to the original validation documentation

Delivery of a course

Teaching, management, administration and assessment of a course of study

Due Diligence

The purpose of the due diligence process is to establish at an early stage whether the proposed new partnership aligns with the University’s strategic aims and presents no undue risk to the University’s reputation and standing. It also enables the University to evaluate whether the proposed partner institution has the academic, financial and legal standing to support a high quality and sustainable partnership.



The process whereby a student registers for individual

modules within a course

Equality and Diversity

Refers to the duty to promote Equality and Diversity in those aspects required by legislation. Further information on UEA’s policy on this can be found on the UEA Equality and Diversity webpage.

External Examiner

A senior academic from another Higher Education institution, appointed by the University to confirm the standards of student performance within a validated course 


Foundation degree, which is a higher education qualification at one level below the Honours degree and of two years' duration full-time or an equivalent duration part-time


Foundation Degree Qualification Benchmark


Further Education


Further Education College


The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies (October 2014), which applies to degrees, diplomas, certificates and other academic awards (other than honorary degrees and higher doctorates) granted by a university or college in the exercise of its degree awarding powers.  It sits alongside the National Qualifications Framework for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which sets out the levels at which qualifications can be recognised


An arrangement whereby an awarding institution

authorises a partner organisation to deliver all or part of a

course designed by the awarding institution

Franchised Course


All or part of a course of study, designed (at least in part) by

an awarding institution and delivered in and by a partner organisation. The overall and direct responsibility for the quality and standard of the franchised provision is retained by the awarding institution


Full Time


Full Time Equivalent



The Higher Education Funding Council for England, which distributes public money for teaching and research to universities and colleges in England


Higher Education Institution



The Higher Education Statistics Agency, which is the

official body responsible for the collection and publication

of statistical data on higher education


Higher National Certificate/Higher National Diploma awarded by Pearson UK

Institutional Review


The quality assurance process whereby UEA reviews the arrangements and the ability of a institution to deliver approved courses to the standard and quality required by the University

Institutional Approval

The quality assurance and validation process used for the initial judgement by the University as awarding institution that a prospective partner organisation is suitable to deliver courses leading to its award.

Joint Board of Study/

Joint Committee


A joint committee between UEA and a partner institution. Normally referred to as the Joint Board of Study (JBOS) and responsible for monitoring the operational and quality aspects of the partner’s provision, chaired by a senior UEA academic JBOS (or equivalent) is a committee of the UEA Learning and Teaching Committee, which acts with delegated authority from the UEA Senate.

Key Information Sets


‌‌Key Information Sets (KIS) are comparable sets of information about full or part time undergraduate courses and are designed to meet the information needs of prospective students.


UEA Learning and Teaching Committee



A unit which forms part of a course of study but which does not by itself lead to an award of the University.

Partner Institution


An organisation with which the awarding institution enters into an agreement to collaborate.  A partner institution is normally a

body without degree-awarding powers

Partnerships Handbook

The handbook of procedures, regulations and policies relating to the validation of academic provision by UEA, as reviewed and amended annually.



A summary of a course which includes the intended learning outcomes together with information on the teaching, learning and assessment methods used to enable the learning outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated



The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, which works with UK HEIs in auditing, assessing and enhancing the quality and standards of higher education

QAA UK Quality Code

The UK Quality Code for Higher Education (the Quality Code) sets out the Expectations that all providers of UK higher education are required to meet.

Recommendations of Validation


Issues raised at validation on which a response from the institution is expected but on which closure is not required for a course to commence


The process whereby an individual registers for a UEA award.

Regulatory Body

A body established by Parliament to provide self-regulation of a professional group and whose remit is to protect the public through standards and regulation of education and practice. Examples of regulatory bodies are the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Health Professions Council and the General Social Care Council

Requirements of


Issues raised at validation on which action will be expected by

an agreed deadline once the course has started

Self-Assessment Review and Evaluation (SARE)

Process of self-assessment carried out by the partner at course and institution level. 


The academic governing body of the University

Subject Benchmark Statements


Subject Benchmarks are part of the QAA academic infrastructure used to define explicit national statements of academic standards or outcomes at subject level. Subject benchmark information of this type provides a reference point against which outcomes at honours level can be measured


University of East Anglia

UEA-owned Course

A course designed by UEA (delivered at a partner institution)



Evidence provided for consideration by a validation panel as

part of the validation process

Validation Panel

A formal group of experts who discuss and evaluate the academic soundness of a proposed new course.