Articulation Agreements provide a framework within which the University can work with a partner to provide a guaranteed progression route to a degree. Articulation Agreements can involve recognised overseas or UK qualifications, and/or programmes that are not recognised within standard benchmarks and comparators.
Within an articulation arrangement, the two programme components are together seen as a single award. An Articulation Agreement is a close relationship which carries a significant reputational and academic risk and therefore requires detailed scrutiny and careful management. In approving such arrangements it is vital that academic standards are safeguarded and that the University has assured itself that each programme allocated an Articulation Agreement meets the requirements for entry and admission with advanced standing.
Process for approving an Articulation Agreement
The process involves the review and mapping, for content, level and volume of study, the relevant programme(s) of another UK or overseas college, further or higher education provider. In the case of an Articulation Agreement involving admission at entry level, the mapping should demonstrate that the ‘feeder’ programme is equivalent to the standard entry requirements for the relevant University programme(s) including any PSRB requirements. The mapping may be done against a University foundation programme where one exists in the same subject area. The Admissions Qualification Mapping Form should be used.
In the case of an Articulation Agreement where entry is sought beyond the normal entry point to a programme and involves the recognition of prior learning (RPL), the University Recognition of Prior Learning regulations, policy and procedures will apply. The Mapping of Programme or Level Learning Outcomes form should be used.
It is important that all essential prerequisites are met; that there is equitable treatment of students entering from different route-ways, and that a broad judgement can be made that students will be able to cope with the demands of the programme in terms of both content and level and have the potential to succeed.
Following approval by the School Board, schools should submit the following documentation to the Academic Partnerships Sub Committee and Admissions Sub Committee as appropriate:
- Articulation Agreement Proposal Form including Statement of Strategic Benefit
- Risk Assessment Form
- Financial Plan (prepared by the School management accountant)
- Mapping of Programme or Level Learning Outcomes form and/or Admissions Qualifications Mapping Form
Articulation Agreements also require academic approval, ultimately by Senate, in order to evidence that the programme meets the criteria for entry and/or credit.
Monitoring and Review
To test the outcome of the initial assessment of the articulation arrangement, and to assure its continued quality and standard, the performance of students entering the programme through the articulation agreement will be monitored and compared with other students as part of the Programme Enhancement Planning (PEP) and School Enhancement Planning (SEP) processes.
The academic mapping associated with Articulation Agreements will be reviewed by the School Board and reported to Admissions Sub Committee:
- if either programme is subject to significant change, and/or
- if the PEP indicates a cause for concern in relation to academic standards, and
- within a period of no longer than five years.