The currency, coherence and academic standards of programmes are monitored within the College, Department Management Boards and Subject Area Boards of Studies.
Current programme information as per programme specifications and block outlines can be found in the Programme Documentation Repository (authorised users only).
Programme Design, Development and Approval
High-quality programme provision is integral to Brunel's ongoing success in producing high calibre graduates. Realising this, the mechanisms utilised in programme design, development and approval ensure it is transparent, robust and consistent with the University's strategic plan and Part A and Chapter B1 of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education.
Staff are advised to read the following policies and documents prior to undertaking any programme design or development.
Programme Approval Policy
Programme Approval - Design Endorsement Form
Short Course Approval Policy
A list of Recognised Programme Developers who support programme development and chair programme approval events can be found here.
Strategic Scrutiny and Approval Stage
All initial proposals for new programmes, pathways and re-approvals, due to changes to programmes or award titles, must gain strategic approval from the University’s Strategic Approval Scrutiny Panel. This is to establish the business case for the proposal before any detailed academic design is undertaken and to ensure that any resourcing issues are addressed at the ealiest stage.
Strategic Approval Form for New Programmes
Strategic Approval Form for Programme Re-Approval
Design Scrutiny, Review and Approval Stage
Strategic scrutiny and approval is followed by detailed development of the proposed programme, which is then scrutinised by either a Full Design Review Panel or a Fast Track Programme Design Review Panel. In accordance with Chapter B1 of the UK Quality Code, this stage of the process involves external scrutiny and expert academic advice. Once final approval is granted by the appropriate body the programme can be marketed and students can be admitted.
The following documents are of relevance to staff undertaking programme development.
Undergraduate Programme Specification
Postgraduate Programme Specification
Integrated Masters Programme Specification
Validated Postgraduate Programme Element Specification Pro-forma
Validated Undergraduate Programme Element Specification Pro-forma
Guidance for completing programme specification pro forma
Short Course Specification Template
Short Courses: Additional Information Required for Approval Template
Assessment Block Outline
Study Block Outline
Modular Block Outline
Guidance for Completing Modular, Study and Assessment Block Outlines
External Reviewer - Nomination Form
English language requirements
A list of JACS Codes can be found here
Programme Modifications, Suspensions and Withdrawals
Information on how to make minor modifications to programmes or module/block outlines is presented in the Minor Modification Policy.
A proposal for a minor modification should be made using the Minor Modification - Approval Form.
Suspension and withdrawals of programmes
Proposals for the suspension/withdrawals of programmes undergo scrutiny to ensure that all significant risks, including to academic standards and quality of learning opportunities for all students remaining on the programme, are robustly mitigated for.
Programme Suspension and Withdrawal Policy
Programme Suspension or Withdrawal Request Form
Programme Monitoring and Review
We conduct regular reviews of our programmes and students’ success in achieving the intended learning outcomes. These reviews occur at all levels from individual modules to entire subjects, and are consistent with the expectations outlined in chapters A3 and B8 of the UK Quality Code.
Read more about our programme monitoring and review.