The Professional Approval process is the route offered for degree and postgraduate programmes. The process combines a significant written submission with a two day visit from an Approval panel.
The Standards document sets out the principles and values underpinning the process and provides a clear reference to the evidence sought by a Professional Approval Panel. The process document guides providers through the construction of the written submission and explaining what happens before, during and after the visit.
The Professional Approval process takes as long as is necessary for the provider, in discussion with the Approvals Officer, to put together the relevant documents, arrange a visit and implement any conditions arising from the visit.
The approval visit involves a group of peers, normally convened by a member of the Approvals sub-committee, meeting over one or two days at the university/ college/ organisation seeking approval. At this meeting the group will look at the programme documentation and formulate questions which will be discussed with members of the programme team.
It is normal for the approvals group to meet with staff delivering the course, students and fieldwork practitioners supervising placements.
At the conclusion of the approval visit, the panel gives a decision on whether the training programme has been approved. This often includes conditions, which must be met before the programme starts, and recommendations which are points of development for the programme team.
The process is based on dialogical and developmental debate and attempts to avoid the feeling of an inspection. More information on the visit can be found in the Guidelines.
The Approval process takes as long as is necessary for the learning provider, in discussion with the Approval Officer, to put together the relevant documentation, arrange the visit and implement any conditions and/or recommendations arising from the visit.
Although the process will vary for each learning provider, the following timeline gives a rough indication of the time required for the various stages.
The Approval Officer’s role is to support and guide learning providers through the process and to deliver Approval reports to the Approval Committee. They co-ordinate the process and liaise between the learning provider and the committee.
The Approval Officer will be on hand to answer any questions you have; provide further information and guidance on the process; advise on the documents you are required to submit, and support you in the Approval process.
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