Workstream C: Transition, Progression and Attainment

  • Workstream C is termed Transition, Progression and Attainment and its objective is to ensure a smooth transition into, and progression through, university life for students, through the design of a well-balanced programme structure over three or four years of full-time undergraduate learning.

    Workstream Lead: Dave Ellis

    Operational Implementation Lead: Maritza Miranda

    Status: Implementation phase

    Project overview

    The changes we are making will include giving Faculties the ability to set the number of compulsory and optional modules for each programme (within agreed minimum and maximum parameters), removing prerequisites from modules in the context of a new linear model of progression which is under discussion/development currently and, as a result, this will increase the consistency of course structure across the University.

    By September 2020, these changes will create more streamlined programmes of study involving a defined number of compulsory and optional modules, programmes will be easier for students to understand and will be easier for us to promote to prospective students. By reducing the number of optional modules, we will give our students a stronger cohort identity, make courses easier to manage and deliver, and allow us to focus on the quality of delivery, rather than quantity.

    The project also involves moving our programmes from a Stage 1 and Stage 2 structure to three levels of study (Levels 4, 5 and 6) and clear end-of-year progression requirements. This will facilitate students’ academic progression and transition through the levels of undergraduate study.

    A programme under the new academic framework might look like this:

    • Level 4/Year 1 Compulsory Credits x 90 (minimum); Optional Credits x 30 (maximum from a choice of 60)
    • Level 5/Year 2 Compulsory Credits x 60 (minimum); Optional Credits x 60 (maximum from a choice of 120)
    • Level 6/Year 3 Compulsory Credits x 30 (minimum); Optional Credits x 90 (maximum from a choice of 150)

    NB Faculties can exceed minimums, but cannot exceed maximums.

    Although this project is a significant undertaking for the University, we have now established that no major revalidations will be required as part of this work, unless they were already planned in, as the changes required can be done through the major/minor change process.