Curricula approval and making changes

All postgraduate curricula must meet the standards set out in Excellence by design.

Royal colleges and faculties must ask us to 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 our approval process.

1. Strategic support

All curricula must contain a purpose statement explaining how the learning outcomes and scope of practice align with patient, service and workforce needs. The purpose statement will need the endorsement of the Curriculum Oversight Group, if any of the following are being proposed:

  • a new curriculum
  • a change to the stated purpose of the curriculum
  • changes to the training pathway, including additional entry routes or changes to progression points that might impact on service delivery
  • changes that affect the overall indicative training time, including for dual programmes.

The group includes representation from the four departments of health and statutory education bodies, and will advise us if the curriculum meets the needs of the four countries of the UK.

For more information or to apply, read Obtaining strategic support for your curriculum.

2. Curriculum approval

If the Curriculum Oversight Group have endorsed the purpose statement, or if it doesn’t need their support, royal colleges or faculties can develop the curriculum and submit it to us for approval.

We will send the application to the Curriculum Advisory Group, who make recommendations about whether curricula meet our standards. The final decision will be made by our assistant registrar.

For more information or to apply, read Making changes to your curricula.

View the latest schedule for curriculum and assessment review.

Administrative changes to curriculum

Royal colleges or faculties can make an administrative changes to your curricula if they do not alter its meaning, purpose or structure.

Download the form for making administrative changes.