Recognition Agreements provide a framework within which the University can consider applications from students studying programmes that are not recognised within standard benchmarks and comparators. Recognition Agreements can provide a useful recruitment tool particularly in relation to specific overseas markets.
This section relates to the approval and review of an agreement which recognises eligibility to make an application for admission to a University of Bradford award, from a programme of study delivered by another provider. It is important to note that these arrangements do not guarantee entry.
Process for approving a recognition 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 a Recognition 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 Qualifications Mapping Form should be used.
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. 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 Admissions Sub-Committee:
Monitoring and Review
To test the outcome of the initial assessment of the recognition arrangement, and to assure its continued quality and standard, the performance of students entering the programme through the recognition 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 Recognition Agreements will be reviewed by the School Board and the 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.