Accreditation of Courses Accreditation of Courses

In certain circumstances courses offered by outside bodies can be accredited by UEA. Such courses will lead to the award of a University Certificate or Diploma, but are not credit-bearing and sit outside the National Qualification Framework (NQF). Courses appropriate for accreditation will tend to be for continuing professional development. The Partnerships Office will be able to advise on the appropriate approval process for such awards.

APPROVAL OF A NEW SITE OF DELIVERY APPROVAL OF A NEW SITE OF DELIVERY

Where a partner proposes delivery of a validated programme at a new site, the Partnerships Office will agree the detail of approval based upon the nature of the agreement, however the minimum requirement will be a visit to the proposed centre by a panel agreed by LTC and a meeting with the staff delivering the course at a local level to ensure ownership of the curriculum.

SERIAL VALIDATION/FRANCHISING SERIAL VALIDATION/FRANCHISING

Following successful validation, the course may be delivered only at those specified locations approved at the time of validation. The partner institution must not offer the validated course(s) (and thus the University’s awards) in collaboration with another body and is not permitted to sub-contract the course (serial validation/franchising) to other educational providers unless it has been formally sanctioned to do so. 

As stated in the QAA UK Quality Code Chapter B10: Managing Higher Education Provision with Others, such serial arrangements “can severely curtail the ability of a degree-awarding body to safeguard the academic standards of its awards. For this reason, degree-awarding bodies do not permit serial arrangements (that is, further sub-contracting) involving their programmes in their entirety” (Indicator 8).