Provided below are a number of useful pro forma and guidance documents that aim to ensure a smooth validation process:

Document titlePro formaGuidance documentAdditional information
Marketing approval   Marketing Information for Course Validation Guidance Marketing approval must be obtained before the validation proposal can be added to the schedule. To be completed and submitted to Marketing for approval - confirmation is required from Marketing that there are no perceived issues. Some details included within this document may also appear within the rationale document.
Validation Principles and Guidance   Validation Principles and Guidance Validation of new courses and changes to existing courses are governed by the University's Regulations for Awards and Quality Assurance Procedures for Taught Courses, the following guidance provides supplementary information for School Teaching and Learning Committees and School Validation Panels on the practical operation of these procedures.
Programme Specification Document (PSD)

Programme Specification Template September 2017

Programme Specification Template Guidance The QAA has also produced guidelines to offer help and guidance to those preparing programme specifications, click here to download a copy.
Module Specification Document (MSD) Module Template

Module Guidance


The pro forma has been modified to include sections on tutor re-assessment and anonymous marking. Teaching and Learning Definitions have also been added.
UTLC Teaching and Learning Definitions  

Teaching and Learning Definitions

UTLC agreed definitions for learning methods and assessment types - these are the terms to be used in module specifications and other relevant documentation.
Validations Minutiae Checklist   Validations Minutiae Checklist Utilising this checklist throughout the document preparation process will ensure that consideration of minutiae is minimised at the validation event, thus allowing an increased focus on matters of pedagogical interest and concern
Embedding Skills   Embedding Skills Guidance on embedding skills in PSDs
Personal Development Planning (PDP) policy   Personal Development Planning The policy provide guidance on the principles and expected practice relating to PDP.  There is a requirement for all new PSDs to indicate where PDP is to happen and the policy document provides guidance on the format that this mapping exercise could take.
Assessment and Feedback Strategy   Assessment and Feedback Strategy This strategy should be taken into consideration when designing/revising assessment strategies.
QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)   Qualifications and Credit Frameworks This framework describes the achievement represented by higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
QAA Subject Benchmark Statements   Subject Benchmark Statements Subject benchmark statements set out expectations about standards of degrees in a range of subject areas.  They describe what gives a discipline its coherence and identity, and define what can be expected of a graduate in terms of the abilities and skills needed  to develop understanding or competence in the subject.

QAA Quality Code, Advice and Guidance - Assessment 

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  Quality Code, Advice and Guidance - Assessment   

QAA Quality Code, Advice and Guidance - Course Design and Development

29 November 2018

  Quality Code, Advice and Guidance - Course Design and Development  
Distance Learning - Design and Delivery   Digital Literacies for Staff Latest QSAG Guidance on Digital Literacy for Staff Designing or Delivering Modules or Courses in Distance Learning Mode
CV - Professional Profile (example)   CV Pro Forma The use of this pro forma is not mandatory. This pro forma provides an indication of the information that validation panels will require in order to make an informed decision regarding course management and delivery
VAL1   VAL 1 For completion when a course utilises modules provided by another School
Programme Information Form   Planning Information Form For completion by the course team for discussion at the planning meeting
Responses to Conditions and Recommendations Form   Responses to Validation Conditions Form.doc Please complete and return to the validation event officer together with the revised documentation that should be updated using tracked changes.

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