Programme Specifications

Developing Specifications: Guidance

  • Annex C: Approval and Withdrawal of Taught Programmes webpage
  • Appendix A: Programme Proposal Cover Sheet Microsoft Word Document
  • Appendix B: Business Case Template Microsoft Word Document
  • Appendix C: Out of Cycle Approval for New Programmes and any Associated Modules ('Fast-Track') webpage pdf
  • Appendix D: Pro forma for Requesting for a New Programme Proposal to Proceed Out of Cycle ('Fast-Track') Microsoft Word Document
  • Appendix E: Guidance on the use of External Advisers for Programme Approval webpage pdf
  • Appendix F: Pro forma for the use of External Advisers in Programme Approval Microsoft Word Document
  • Appendix G: Developing Programme Specifications - Design Principles webpage pdf
  • Appendix H: Undergraduate Programme Specification Template 2018/19 Microsoft Word Document
  • Appendix I: Postgraduate Taught Programme Specification Template 2018/19 Microsoft Word Document
  • Appendix J: Terms of Reference for the Business Case Committee pdf

Implementing Programme Specifications: Guidance for Heads of Schools

1. The University of Kent requires all its programmes to have current programme specifications. Programme specifications should identify potential stopping-off points and provide the intended learning outcomes of each programme in terms of:

a) knowledge and understanding

b) intellectual skills (also known as cognitive or 'thinking' skills)

c) subject specific skills (eg. laboratory skills)

d) transferable skills: communication, numeracy, the use of IT and learning how to learn

2. At their core, programme specifications must provide:

a) a concise description of the programme in terms of intended learning outcomes. QAA Subject benchmarking statements provide the measure against which the intended learning outcomes will have to be justified.

b) information on learning and teaching methods designed to enable students to understand how intended learning outcomes areachieved.

c) information on assessment methods, designed to enable students to understand how the achievement of intended learning outcomes isdemonstrated

d) the programme/curriculum structure, including the relationship of the programme and its study elements to the qualifications framework.

3. The Education Board and Graduate School Board require the following:

a) Accurate programme specifications to be published for all taught and research programmes of study.

b) Use of the approved programme specification templates (please see the links above).

c) Programme specifications are required for all Kent programmes, including franchised programmes, and also for all Kent-validated taught programmes:

i. For each single subject programme and multidisciplinary programme (eg BA in American Studies, Certificate in Combined Studies).

ii. For each 'dedicated' joint programme and major/minor (and major/major/minor) programme. 'Dedicated' here means individually - approved programmes. The lead School should be responsible for preparing this.

iii. For each half of 'pick-and-mix' joint programmes. (Hence a student following a joint honours programme will look at the two relevant programme specifications in order to construct an idea of the overall specification for the programme.

d) Programme specifications are required for each interim award (eg undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas). Variants on programmes, for example of the type "with a year abroad/in industry", should wherever possible be accommodated within the specifications of the 'standard' programme. Separate programme specifications may be produced where there is good reason.

e) All programme specifications must be submitted to the Faculties Support Office for approval by the Faculty and then submitted to the Programme Approval Sub-Committee for approval on behalf of EB/GSB (see Annex C for details).

f) To assist Schools in developing programme specifications, the programme specification templates include guidance where relevant.

g) Since one of the key drivers behind programme specifications is the need to provide clear information for external stakeholders, primarily students, programme specifications are published on the relevant Faculty website.

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