What is Course Validation?

Each new course has to go through a validation process before students can be recruited to it. Validation is used to ensure that a new course is appropriate academically, that the academic standards and quality are suitable and that students will have the best possible opportunity to learn.

Aims and Purpose of Course Validation:

Validation is the method by which new courses are introduced into our bank of courses on offer to students. It is an opportunity for new courses to be scrutinised before their introduction, both to assure their standards and to enhance the quality of the proposal. As part of the validation process the validation panels will consider:

  • The rationale for introducing the new course.
  • How the new course fits with other courses on offer
  • The awards offered and the curriculum – its design, content, delivery and assessment
  • The appropriateness of the standards set for the level and credit of the award
  • The appropriateness of the intended learning outcomes and how well those intentions are being met
  • The availability of human, physical and other learning resources to support the new course
  • The student experience offered by the new course, including opportunities for employment and further study
  • The way in which the course facilitates the widest possible access to ensure that all students can maximise their potential.

Aspects explored during validation:

Course design and curriculum

  • Structure and appropriateness of the curriculum
  • Overall coherence of the course
  • Alignment with national benchmarks and any relevant professional requirements (EQF level)

Learning, teaching and assessment

  • Appropriateness of the modes of delivery
  • Variety of teaching and learning methods to meet the needs of a diverse range of students
  • Coverage of learning outcomes
  • Reassessment; Innovation and balance of assessment methods

Student recruitment, admissions and support

  • Proposed student numbers and anticipated market
  • Support for work-based learning/placement (where appropriate)
  • Student induction and ongoing support

Resources

  • Course management
  • Staffing and staff development
  • Resource requirements, including library resources, physical and technical requirements

Validation documentation

This should provide the panel with the information they need to understand the course or courses, being proposed; including how they will be taught, assessed and resourced and be concise but sufficiently detailed to enable the panel to evaluate the proposal properly.

The course documentation compiled by your team, should be produced in line with the template and must include programme specifications for all the proposed awards. Where there are external requirements for validation, for example by a professional, statutory or regulatory body, the documentation must also meet any criteria published by the external body.

You can use the PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION TEMPLATE for submitting your course validation proposal. Clock on the link below to download the template.

PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION TEMPLATE