Additional guidance

University of Bristol Guidance

Please see our Education Policy and Guidance page for further information on formulating programme and unit aims and learning outcomes.

Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Guidance

Code of Practice - provides guidance on maintaining quality and standards.  It is made up of a number of sections.

Guidelines on preparing Programme specifications (2006)

Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland - including qualification descriptors for all HE qualifications, against which University of Bristol programme specifications should be benchmarked.

Higher Education Credit Framework for England: Guidance on academic credit arrangements in higher education in England - the implications of this national framework have been integrated into the University's credit framework.

Academic credit in higher education in England - an introduction - to academic credit for prospective and current students, or for those who have no previous knowledge of credit.

Explaining contact hours: Guidance for institutions providing public information about higher education - reflects how approaches to teaching, learning and assessment - including contact time - vary across subjects across HEIs, and encourages institutions to communicate this information to students.

Enterprise and entrepreneurship guidance: Guidance for UK higher education providers - of practical help to those working with students in higher education to foster their skills in enterprise and entrepreneurship. 

Education for sustainable development: Guidance for UK higher education providers - to support higher education providers wishing to embrace education for sustainable development as part of the student academic experience.

QAA Subject Benchmark Statements

QAA Subject Benchmark Statements are part of the QAA Quality Code - Part A: Setting and maintaining academic standards.  They set out expectations of standards for bachelors and masters level degrees in a range of disciplines.

Many programmes at the University of Bristol are in alignment with a Subject Benchmark Statement in their subject, and this will be indicated on the programme specification where applicable. The Programme Director is responsible for managing and recording alignment to Subject Benchmark Statements. 

Revisions to Subject Benchmark Statements 

The QAA regularly consult on Subject Benchmark Statements and operate a programme of review. Subject Benchmark Statements are reviewed no later than 5 years after they were first published or 7 years following a first review.  

AQPO will liaise with relevant Programme Directors as and when a revised Subject Benchmark Statement is published and it is the responsibility of the Programme Director to check that the programme continues to be in alignment. 


For further information or to update QAA Subject Benchmark Statements on your programme specification, please contact AQPO on 82908.

Ordinances and Regulations

Any changes which affect the Ordinances and Regulations such as a programme title change, will normally be managed through the Unit and Programme Management System.  Please contact approval-help with any queries.