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Programme Approval and Management


Programme approval is the process by which we ensure that any named award of Cardiff University is of an appropriate standard and will provide a valuable and stimulating learning experience for the student.

Procedures are in place to routinely monitor and periodically review programmes once they have been approved, in order to assure the standards of awards and quality of the students’ learning experiences, and to maintain the currency of awards. For further information, please visit the following pages: Annual Review and Enhancement (ARE) or Periodic Review.

On this page you will find links to resources that will support you in managing existing programmes or in creating new programmes.


Please consult the Programme Approval Policy Framework and associated Guidance Handbook before completing your approval documentation. These set out the processes and highlight the documentation and details needed in each proposal. For bespoke guidance please contact your College Quality Officer using the contact details at the bottom of the page.

Download: Programme Approval Policy Framework Word Format (209KB)

Download: Programme Approval Policy Framework – Cymraeg

Download: Programme Approval Guidance Handbook Word Format (211KB)

Download: Programme Approval Guidance Handbook – Cymraeg

Approving New Programmes

For the documentation and proformas needed to approve a new programme, please visit the Approving New Programmes page. Please note if your programme includes elements of Collaborative Provision please also consult the information about approving this type of programme on our Provision with Others pages.

Making Changes to Existing Programmes

For the documentation and proformas needed to make changes to an existing Cardiff University award, please visit the Making changes to existing programmes page. This page includes guidance on:


Quality and Standards Team, Registry and Academic Services
For advice on the approval of new programmes (including Collaborative Provision), making changes to existing programmes and submitting completed documentation.


Page last updated: 17th November 2015