Curricula approval and making changes
All postgraduate curricula must meet the standards set out in Excellence by design.
We approve changes to a curriculum or assessment that leads to the award of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). There are two stages to the approving curriculum process.
1. Strategic support
Your curriculum purpose statement will need the endorsement of the Curriculum Oversight Group, if you are proposing any of the following:
- a new curriculum
- a change to the curriculum’s purpose statement
- addition or removal of one or more high level outcomes of the curriculum.
The group tells us if the curriculum meets the needs of the four countries of the UK.
2. Curriculum approval
If you have the endorsement of the Curriculum Oversight Group, or your proposal doesn’t need their support, you can develop your curriculum and submit it to us for full approval.
We will send your application to the Curriculum Advisory Group, who make recommendations about whether curricula meets our standards.
If your proposal has any impact on resources, such as funding, we’ll send it to a subcommittee of the Curriculum Oversight Group. They will confirm whether it’s feasible, and the final decision will be made by our assistant registrar.
Administrative changes to curriculum
If you are a royal college and want to make an administrative change to your curriculum that does not alter its meaning, purpose or structure, you can submit the administrative change form on