It may be possible to “phase out” the programme. In this situation, recruitment to the programme will cease but the existing programme can be delivered to currently-enrolled students, allowing them to complete the award with no curriculum changes beyond those normal for a current programme (e.g. minor modifications to modules). In this situation, no transitional curriculum arrangements need to be made. However, it is important to consider module availability should any student be required to repeat either modules or a Level with attendance. All the matters noted under other headings in programme suspension and withdrawal also need to be addressed.
If it is not possible to “phase out” the programme, that is, to deliver the approved curriculum to continuing students, alternative arrangements must be made to allow them to progress to and complete an alternative award. These transitional arrangements must be approved as part of the withdrawal process. In this situation, the arrangements required to ensure that, whilst maintaining standards, continuing students are neither advantaged nor disadvantaged by the changes, must be considered and steps taken to ensure that students are offered an appropriate curriculum to enable them to complete the award.
Whether phasing out a programme or withdrawing the entire curriculum at once, transitional arrangements will need to take account of placement arrangements and the situation of intercalating students, as well as ensuring that students can continue to meet the requirements of any accrediting body.
New routes through the programme may need to be identified which, whilst they draw on alternative modules, still enable the students to meet the agreed learning outcomes for the programme. This may involve the development of an alternative curriculum for a group of continuing/repeating students, or in some cases the development of special pathways for individual students.
The impact of suspension/withdrawal of a programme on partners needs to be addressed, whether they are partners involved in the development and delivery of the programme or institutions delivering the programme in other locations. There are additional processes to be followed and documentation required for the suspension or withdrawal of a programme delivered by a partner and/or the termination of a partnership. Partners should be consulted about the intention to suspend or withdraw a programme and should be involved in the development of interim arrangements which take into consideration the implications for students at partner institutions. An additional period of support might be required where the timing of delivery at a partner institution is different from that at Bradford.