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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.The standards and expectations set by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education are our guide to what we are required to do to ensure these standards.

Procedures are in place to routinely monitor and periodically review programmes, in order to assure the standards of awards and quality of the students’ learning experiences, and to maintain the currency of awards following initial approval.

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.

Programme Approval and Maintenance Handbook

Download: Programme Approval & Maintenance Handbook Oct 2013


For the documentation and proformas needed when undertaking a programme approval and management process please visit:
Programme Approval Documentation and Further Guidance

Common Queries

(Note: Information drawn from the full handbook)

To establish whether the change to a programme is significant or minor please visit:

For information relating to programme approval procedures, please visit the relevant page below:


Quality and Standards Team, Registry and Academic Services
For advice on the approval of new programmes and significant changes to existing programmes:

Student Records Team, Registry and Academic Services
For support with making minor amendments to existing programmes of study or discontinuing a programme:


Page last updated: 15 January 2015.