Swansea University

Programmes of Study & Programme Specifications

Programmes of Study & Programme Specifications

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A programme is a collection of modules structured in such a way as to form an academically acceptable whole.  Undergraduate programmes are split into Levels of Study (e.g. three levels for a three-year programme).  In programmes with multiple levels of study you will progress from one level of study to the other by being awarded the requisite number of credits.  The title of the programme reflects the content, which will have been pre-determined by the College. In the case of Postgraduate Taught Masters Degrees, the programme may be split into Part One and Part Two (the directed independent learning stage), Year One and Year Two or may be a continuous flexible programme. In order to progress you must successfully obtain the requisite number of credits.

Each programme in Swansea has a definite structure which has been drawn up by the Colleges and approved by the University.  The programme outline is produced by each College in the form of a ‘programme specification’, which focuses on single programmes of study, and outlines the intended knowledge, understanding and skills (intellectual, practical and transferrable) which you would expect to gain upon completion of that programme.  Programme specifications also give details of the teaching and assessment methods in use, as well as linking the programme to the Quality Assurance Agency's Subject Benchmark statements, the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications and to the Credit and Qualification Framework for Wales

Swansea University normally requires that programme specifications be available in the College Handbook, showing the structure of programmes with a clear indication of the compulsory and optional modules, and details of the learning outcomes of the programme.

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