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Modular qualifications for post-18 study work if they are designed well. Poor design can jeopardise the value of such degrees to the learner and employer alike.  


This project will result in the development of a handbook for good programme design across levels 4-6 and between higher education and further education, using the principle of co-design with industry partners. 


Modular qualifications in the post-18 space already exist and work well where the articulations between them are designed into the qualifications. Key to good design is the successful ability to pause and to progress, hence the critical relationships between the linked college, university and employer.  


The project team will break down the core principles and practice of qualification design across the HE and FE sectors, to produce a short and accessible guide that will present a number of considerations for coherent and effective curriculum design at levels 4-6. A suite of case studies from across the UK will exemplify these design principles. 

Project lead:

Bath College (part 1) and Bath Spa University (part 2)


Project partners:

University of Middlesex, University of Staffordshire, Coventry University

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