Programme Monitoring and Review

This procedure has been devised to meet the expectations and practices of the Quality Assurance Agency’s (QAA) Quality Code.

The Quality Code discusses the mechanisms that higher education providers use to reflect on a programme once it is running, and to determine how it can be improved. It also
addresses matters relating to closure of existing programmes.

The Quality Code sets out the following expectations about monitoring and evaluation:

Expectations for standards

  • The academic standards of courses meet the requirements of the relevant national qualifications framework.
  • Monitoring and evaluation ensures that providers' academic provision enables students to achieve the intended learning outcomes of courses. They evaluate student attainment of academic standards and allow providers to confirm that their portfolio aligns with their mission and strategic priorities.
  • The value of qualifications awarded to students at the point of qualification and over time is in line with sector-recognised standards.
  • Monitoring and evaluation is an essential process within a provider’s internal quality assurance mechanisms, covering all provision that leads to their awards and assuring the standard of those qualifications. Relevant sector-recognised standards form a baseline for monitoring and evaluation systems.

Expectations for quality

  • Courses are well-designed, provide a high-quality academic experience for all students and enable a student’s achievement to be reliably assessed.
  • Effective monitoring and evaluation allows providers to consider objectively whether their courses are in fact well designed and high-quality, and can consider whether other systems
  • and processes are effective in ensuring reliable assessment.
  • From admission through to completion, all students are provided with the support that they need to succeed in and benefit from higher education.
  • Monitoring and evaluation systems look at all stages of the student experience and consider the support provided to students.

Programme Monitoring and Review

For all associated documents and forms, visit the Higher Education Taught Award Regulations home page.