A curriculum is a set of educational experiences organised more or less deliberately… (Barnett and Coate 2005: 5)*
Curricula are central to the student experience, and curriculum development is therefore a key activity in higher education institutions. We hope that these resources will enable you to:
- identify desirable features of a curriculum;
- respond to agendas that influence curricula; and
- address quality assurance processes for both internal and external agencies.
*Barnett, R. and Coate, K. (2005), Engaging the Curriculum in Higher Education, Berkshire: OUP.
- Creativity in the Curriculum (PDF) – an Open University briefing paper offering case studies to demonstrate different disciplinary approaches.
- Internationalising the Curriculum – this resource kit offers useful resources to inform development of this aspect of the curriculum.
- Employability and the Curriculum (PDF) – addresses disciplinary specific skills for career development.
- QAA Qualifications Framework: Section 4 – qualification level descriptors
- SEEC level descriptors (Word) – additional detail, which includes further education (FE) levels.
- QAA: Subject Benchmark Statements – assist in programme design, delivery and review.
Procedures, policies and publications
Please note that these links are to StaffSpace, our staff intranet, so are only accessible to current staff:
- Academic Quality and Standards handbook (Kingston University) – provides requirements for validation and monitoring of modules and programmes. Section C offers templates and exemplars for course development documentation.
- Writing Learning Outcomes (PDF) – Kingston University guide.
- Guide for Module Leaders (PDF) – some of the key responsibilities of a module leader.
- KEYS Mapping Template (PDF)
- KEY Skills Guide (PDF)