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Application for Validation (HET Programmes)

Transitional Arrangements

 

All programmes of higher education and training submitted for validation (or revalidation) after 31 May 2016 will be validated in accordance with Core Policies and Criteria for the Validation by QQI of Programmes of Education and Training (2016) and any applicable specialised validation policy and criteria (2016). However, some providers have been advised that their programmes would be validated against the new policy once adopted.


Until specialised policies and criteria have been developed for research degree programmes, collaborative programmes and transnational programmes, the 2012-2015 policies and criteria will apply except in so far as the policies and criteria of 2012-2015 may be inconsistent with the 2016 policies and criteria for validation.


Until the following are developed the corresponding 2012-2015 provisions will apply except in so far as they may be inconsistent with the 2016 policies and criteria for validation.


- Guidelines concerning the preparations for revalidation of programmes leading to QQI awards
- Assessment guidelines, conventions and protocols for programmes leading to QQI awards
- Guidelines on the moderation of assessment
- Evaluator conventions and protocols
- Credit accumulation conventions and protocols
- Policy for Collaborative Programmes, Transnational Programmes and Joint Awards

 

Making an Application for Validation

Information for preparing an application for validation of programmes of higher education and training is provided in unit 5 of Core Policies and Criteria for the Validation by QQI of Programmes of Education and Training (2016) and any applicable specialised validation policy and criteria.


Revalidation 

Revalidation (see unit 13 of Core Policies and Criteria for the Validation by QQI of Programmes of Education and Training (2016)) is validation by QQI of a programme that has emerged or evolved from a programme that had been previously validated by QQI. Revalidation is required for any programme that is to continue to enrol learners following expiry of the duration of enrolment. Revalidation provides an opportunity to substantially update and modify the original programme.


Programmatic Review 

Revalidation of programmes of higher education and training is normally based on an independent evaluation report arranged by the provider in accordance with its approved quality assurance procedures and with terms of reference agreed in advance with QQI for those programmes.

 

Resources for Programmes of Higher Education and Training

Some of the following validation related resources are due to be revised to align them with the new policies and criteria.
Policy and Criteria for Making Awards
Policy for Determining Awards Standards
HET Award Standards
Core Policies and Criteria for the Validation by QQI of Programmes of Education and Training (2016)
Policy for Collaborative Programmes, Transnational Programmes and Joint Awards
HET General Programme Validation Manual
Template for a Programme Schedule Stage
Assessment and Standards
- Effective Practice Guidelines for External Examining
Protection for Enrolled Learners (PEL) - Information
Fee Cover note HET
- Policy and criteria for access, transfer and progression
- RPL Principles and Guidelines
- Principles and operational guidelines for the implementation of a national approach to credit in Irish higher education and   training (NQAI 2006)

 

 

Fees for Validation

See QQI Fees Schedule for details of current charges


Devolved Responsibility

QQI may devolve some responsibility to the provider concerned for arranging the independent evaluation report. See unit 6.2 of Core Policies and Criteria for the Validation by QQI of Programmes of Education and Training (2016) and any applicable specialised validation policy and criteria.