A1.2.2 Definition of programmes of study

    1. Programmes of study are constructed to enable students to progress through the credit levels and, on achievement of the learning outcomes and credit requirements associated with each stage of the programme, to qualify for a University award.  Where appropriate, programmes must be designed to allow for entry and exit at different stages, to allow maximum flexibility for students.
    2. A stage indicates the sub-division of a programme of study into major steps of progression.  Each stage provides a coherent learning experience and may be certified with an interim exit award.  Normally, modules within a stage will be at the same level, but modules at different levels may be taken within the same stage, as specified in the programme or award scheme regulations.
    3. All programmes leading to a University award or certificate of credit must have a Programme Specification, set out on the approved University template, which forms part of the University's public information set.  The Programme Specification is a concise description of a programme, including the awards available, entry requirements, learning outcomes, curriculum structure, and details of how the programme will be taught and assessed.  A programme specification is required for all credit bearing programmes of study, and is formally approved by the University as the awarding body.  Any modifications to a programme must be formally approved through the appropriate procedure, as set out in the University's Quality & Standards Handbook, and a revised Programme Specification will be published by the Academic Policy & Quality Office.