Quality Assurance in Education: Volume 8 Issue 4


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The concept of programme specification and its application in the new quality assurance framework

Norman J. Jackson

The article introduces the idea of programme specification and background to the development of policy by the Quality Assurance Agency. Programme specification will promote an…


Tackling programme specification at Leeds Metropolitan University

Malcolm Shaw

This article shows how an external policy imperative can be assimilated into the process of managing change within a university. It describes a project‐based approach to develop…


Creating programme specifications for different audiences

Margaret Harrison

This article takes as its starting point the notion that information has to be customised for different user groups and shows how different types of programme specification might…

Making the benchmarks explicit through programme specification

Norman Jackson, Geoff Parks, Margaret Harrison, Chantal Stebbings

The article introduces the concept of benchmarking as a referencing process to support self‐regulation of quality and outcome standards in higher education programmes. It examines…

Programme specification in a flexible, multidisciplinary curriculum environment: an Open University perspective

Chris Dillon, Linda Hodgkinson

The article examines the implications of programme specification for the distinctive multidisciplinary curricular environment of the Open University. It concludes that, for…


Programme specifications for multidisciplinary programmes: the BA Arts and Social Sciences Pass Degree, University of Strathclyde

Mark Ellis

This article considers the issue of programme specification in the context of a faculty‐based multidisciplinary programme. It argues for the creation and articulation of a…

Developing programme specifications with professional bodies and statutory regulators in health and social care

R. Michael Pittilo, Graham Morgan, Sue Fergy

This article describes a collaborative and ambitious project involving academics and colleagues in the health‐ and social care professional body and statutory regulatory body…

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