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).