Major modifications refer to changes that are significant and may have implications across a number of areas, such as students' learning experience, completion rates, or satisfaction; internal resourcing; planning, etc. Some major modifications will result in the creation of a new programme code. Major modifications include the following:
2a. Withdrawal or introduction of compulsory modules, or other significant modification to the portfolio of compulsory modules available on the programme, including modification to assessments of compulsory modules if the modifications result in a significant change to the overall balance of methods of assessment on the programme.
2b. Introduction of elements of a new delivery mode, for example elements of Distance Learning or adding a flexible or part-time route.
2c. Any modification that might lead to a significant increase in the resource required to deliver a programme and/or the cost to students, for example introduction of a lab-based element or field trip.
2d. Significant modification to the programme title.
2e. Any modification that intends to, or may result in, an increase in the number of students registered on the programme (including making an alternative qualification directly admissible).
2f. Modification of the award, providing the new award is within the same Level in the Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies as the original award, whether directly admissible or not.
2g. Creation of an integrated master’s version of an existing bachelor’s programme, whether directly admissible or not.
2h. Creation of pathways within existing programmes and/or introducing a specialism at PGT level (also see below for additional guidance).
2i. Addition of an intercalated year (e.g. Year in Computer Science).
2j. Changing majors (for the Adaptive or Discovery archetypes) and/or minors (for the Specialist or Adaptive archetypes) available on the degree – if these majors/minors primarily consist of existing modules (completing the Appendix of the programme modification form if it is going to be directly admissible, i.e. part of an entry programme, but not otherwise).
2k. Creating a new major (for the Adaptive or Discovery archetypes) and/or a new minor (for the Specialist or Adaptive archetypes) for a range of degrees – if these majors/minors primarily consist of existing modules (completing the Appendix of the programme modification form if it is going to be directly admissible, i.e. part of an entry programme, but not otherwise).
2l. Creating a Flexible version of an existing Classic PGT programme or converting a Classic PGT programme to the Flexible archetype.