Major modifications refer to changes that are significant and may have implications across a number of areas such as students (e.g. their learning experience, completion rates, satisfaction, etc.), internal resourcing, planning, etc. Some major modifications will result in the creation of a new programme code. This category includes 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 (also see below for additional guidance).
2i. Addition of an intercalated year (e.g. Year in Computer Science).