Change of Approval refers to the processes by which existing programmes and modules are revised and updated. It also refers to the introduction of new modules, new named pathways and the introduction of new modes of delivery to existing programmes. It does not refer to the approval of new programmes and in such cases the Validation Handbook should be consulted.

The University believes revisions to programmes and modules to be the signs of healthy and developing curricula, which are responsive to the needs of:

  • students
  • employers
  • the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
  • Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs)
  • Collaborative Provision partners and delivery organisations
  • members of the University (academic and professional services)

All Change of Approval processes at the University are underpinned by the following principles:

  • students (and applicants holding places where applicable) are demonstrably consulted and informed about Changes of Approval as appropriate
  • ensuring the continued alignment of programmes and modules with the University’s Strategic Plan and Changemaker Plus
  • ensuring that programmes and modules continue to meet external benchmarks including QAA Subject Benchmark Statements, the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) and PSRB requirements
  • applying processes that are proportional to the level of change required
  • external scrutiny is applied to proposed changes as appropriate
  • any proposals for Changes of Approval are considered in a timely manner and meet the requirements of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)

From 2014-15 it has not been permissible to consider Changes of Approval through the Periodic Subject Review (PSR) process.

The deadlines for Changes of Approval to be implented during the 2017-18 academic year have now passed.

For Type B and C Changes of Approval to be implemented during the 2018-19 academic year the final deadlines for the submission of CoAP1 Forms to the relevant Quality Officer are as follows:

  • Levels 5 and 6: 1 December 2017
  • Levels 4, 7 and 8: 1 February 2018

The COAP1 Forms should be submitted to the following Quality Officers:

The next Change of Approval Panel meeting will take place on Monday 4 December 2017 at 10:30am.

Changes of Approval specifically in relation to the University Modular Framework (UMF) Review (i.e. reduction of assessment and the introduction of employability and Changemaker-focussed Learning Outcomes) will normally be considered via a separate Faculty-based process. For any queries regarding this, please contact rachel.maxwell@northampton.ac.uk in the first instance.

For more detailed guidance, please see the Change of Approval Handbook.

For information on writing new programme and module specifications and for the templates please see new programme and module specification templates.

Queries in relation to Change of Approval processes can be sent to
quality@northampton.ac.uk.