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Validation refers to the process by which new programmes are considered for approval at the University of Northampton.

The process aims to ensure that the programme is current and valid so meeting the needs of the following:

  • Students
  • Employers
  • Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs)
  • Collaborative partners
  • Staff (both academic and professional services)

The validation process also ensures that the programme is aligned with the University’s Strategic Plan and Changemaker Plus and that all external requirements are met particularly in relation to Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Subject Benchmark Statements and the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).

The validation process is underpinned by externality, peer review and the student voice being central to all considerations. Validation events are currently being held remotely (i.e. via online platforms).

The validation process is maintained by the Quality Unit which ensures that it is proportionate to the scope of the provision being considered whilst being both robust and responsive.

Programme Teams should bear in mind the need to validate programmes in good time to allow an appropriate period for marketing and recruitment. For programmes commencing in September 2021 it is recommended that new programmes should have normally completed the validation process (including the meeting of any conditions) by May 2021 at the very latest.

For more detailed information please see the Validation Handbook. The 2019-20 version and its appendices are now available. Download the current programme and module specification templates. The 2020-21 version of the Validation Handbook will be made available shortly.

General queries in relation to validation processes can be sent to

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