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									Validation of Programmes: Policy
Table of Contents


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Introduction                                        1

An Overview                                         2

1.   Background                                     4

2.   Context                                        5

3.   Principles                                     8

4.   Policy                                         8

5.   Roles                                          10

6.   Process                                        12

7.   Implementation                                 14

8.   Next Steps                                     14


Appendices

Appendix 1        Technical Working Group           15
Appendix 2        Validation Submission Contents    16
Appendix 3        Validation Process                17
Introduction

§     The Policy for the Validation of Programmes was approved by the Council in March 2006.




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                                                                  Programme Validation - An Overview
    Roles

Council will:                         Programme Validation              Executive will:                              Providers will:
                                      Committee will :
§   approve the validation policy                                       §   draft guidelines and criteria for each   § design programmes based on
§   approve an appeals policy         §   review reports from the           stage of the validation process            published Award Specifications for
§   approve a monitoring policy           executive and the             §   draft the appeals policy                   named awards and in accordance with
§   publish guidelines and criteria       recommendations of            §   recruit, and train evaluators              FETAC criteria and guidelines
    for the validation of                 evaluators                    §   ensure validation submissions are        § submit programmes to FETAC for
    programmes                        §   validate programmes or            evaluated in accordance with               validation
§   reach decisions relating to           refuse validation as              FETAC’s requirements                     § deliver validated programmes
    appeals by providers                  appropriate                   §   maintain a register of validated         § assess learners in accordance with
§   implement decisions of the        §   consider monitoring reports       programmes                                 procedures outlined and approved at
    Authority in relation to              relating to withdrawal of     §   establish procedures for the               validation
    appeals                               validation and make               Programme Validation Committee           § carry out self-evaluation of
§   make decisions relating to            recommendations to            §   ensure validated programmes are            programmes and services in
    withdrawal of programme               Council                           reviewed as required                       accordance with their QA agreement.
    validation                                                          §   prepare reports for the Programme        § provide FETAC with information on
§   appoint the Programme                                                   Validation Committee                       and access to validated programmes
    Validation Committee                                                §   organise briefings and information         for national monitoring and evaluation
§   approve the annual budget                                               sessions for providers                     purposes
§   review the validation policy                                        §   publish the validation plan              § if they so wish, apply to FETAC for
    and criteria within five years                                                                                     agreement of their policies and
                                                                                                                       processes relating to the approval of
                                                                                                                       programmes




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   Process

Submission                    Evaluation                    Decision                                   Appeal                            Review

Registered providers (i.e.    Trained evaluators will       Programmes will be approved                Providers may appeal a            FETAC may review
those with QA agreed) will    recommend a programme         through an efficient, effective and        validation decision to the        validated programmes
submit programmes to          be validated or refused       responsive approval process and will       Council and subsequently to       at any time. Review will
FETAC for validation.         validation.                   include the establishment of a             the Authority. Providers may      result either in continued
                                                            Programme Validation Committee.            appeal a decision by Council      validation or it may
                                                            Decisions to withdraw validation will      to withdraw validation to the     instigate a process
                                                            be made by Council.                        Authority.                        towards the withdrawal
                                                                                                                                         of validation.



   Mechanisms

Template(s) for              Award Plan                               Validation Plan                  Web based system
Submissions
                             A three year plan for the review of      A three year plan aligned with   An interactive organising
A standard format for        existing standards and the               the Award Plan which sets out    mechanism for the
receiving validation         development of new standards.            the schedule for the             submission, evaluation,
submissions.                 The first Awards Plan will be for        implementation of programme      registration, review and
                             2006-2009.                               validation.                      related withdrawal of
                                                                                                       programme validation.



   Tools to be developed

Provider Guidelines and Criteria     Evaluator Guidelines and               Policy and Procedures for     Award Specifications         Programme Approval
for each stage of the validation     Criteria for the evaluation of         appeals.                      for all named awards         Agreement Templates
process.                             validation submissions




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1.   Background

§    FETAC was established on 11 June 2001 under the Qualifications (Education and
     Training) Act, 1999. It is now responsible for making awards that were previously made by
     CERT (now Fáilte Ireland), FÁS, the National Council for Vocational Awards (NCVA),
     Teagasc and the National Council for Education Awards (Foundation Certificate).

§    The Act sets out the functions of FETAC. Specifically section 14 (a) (ii) requires FETAC to
     “establish and publish, in such form and manner as it thinks fit, policies and criteria for the
     validation of programmes of further education and training”. Section 15 further requires
     the Former Awarding Bodies and all VEC established and maintained centres to apply to
     the Council to have all programmes of further education and training (other than for leisure
     purposes) which they provide, organise or procure, validated by the Council.

§    The Act also provides for appeal by the provider. A provider may appeal the Council’s
     decision to refuse or withdraw validation of a programme.

§    FETAC may, in accordance with the Act review validation of a programme at any time and
     where a programme no longer meets the criteria for validation the Council may instigate a
     process which may result in the withdrawal of validation.

§    Validation is defined in Part 1 of the Act as “the process by which an awarding body shall
     satisfy itself that a learner may attain knowledge, skill or competence for the purpose of an
     award made by the awarding body.” The term programme is defined as “any process by
     which learners may acquire knowledge, skill or competence and includes courses of study
     or instruction, apprenticeships, training and employment”.

§    FETAC has a strategic commitment to developing policies and procedures in partnership
     with the former awarding bodies and other stakeholders. A formal consultation
     mechanism, the Providers Consultation Group, was established in 2002. A Technical
     Working Group on validation was established in 2003 to assist with the development of this
     policy and process. See Appendix 1. FETAC acknowledges the contribution of all
     participants to the development process in particular the contribution of the Former
     Awarding Bodies, the Provider Consultation Group, the Technical Working Group and
     those providers who participated in the initial Validation Test Phase.

§    A draft policy paper was prepared with the assistance of the Technical Working Group and
     circulated to key stakeholders in June 2005. The policy presented here incorporates the
     feedback from that consultation process, and from the Council meetings of November and
     December 2005.




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2.    Context

2.1   Former processes

§     In June 2001 FETAC adopted all of the, processes and procedures of the Former
      Awarding Bodies for the duration of the transition phase (2001 - 2006) or until such time as
      FETAC developed its own processes and procedures.

§     The policies and procedures adopted for the Transition Phase included those associated
      with programme validation, quality assurance, setting standards, assessment and
      monitoring.

§     During this period (2001 - 2006) existing or new programmes leading to FETAC awards
      were and continue to be validated through the processes of the Former Awarding Bodies.

§     In June 2005 the Council approved a mechanism for the validation of existing programmes
      from June 2006 following the classification of awards.

2.2   The Further Education and Training Sector

§     FETAC makes awards in a vast range of fields, including Agriculture, Art, Business,
      Bricklaying, Childcare, Catering, French and Film Production. Since 2001 FETAC has
      made over 300,000 awards to a diverse range of learners on a vast number of
      programmes (both full and part-time) offered by a variety of providers.

§     Currently, there are approximately 1,400 providers delivering in excess of 8,000
      programmes in the further education and training sector.

§     Providers of programmes range from individual private training providers and small
      community groups to very large national organisations operating in a range of different
      contexts including:


       Bórd Iascaigh Mhara Training                       Institutes of Technology

       Community & Voluntary Sector                       Open / Distance Learning

       Department of Education and Science                Prison Training Centres
       § Community/Comprehensive Schools
       § Voluntary Secondary Schools                      Private Trainers / Companies
       § VEC Provision
            - Adult Education                             Sectoral Representative Bodies
            - BTEI
            - Literacy Schemes                            Teagasc Training
            - Senior Traveller Training Centres
            - VTOS                                        Training for People with Disabilities
            - YouthReach
            - Colleges of Further Education               Work based Learning
            - Vocational Schools
       Fáilte Ireland Training

       FAS Training




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§     Programmes developed, provided and/or organised by Higher Education Institutions (HEI),
      Vocational Education Committees (VEC) and state agencies, such as FÁS, Fáilte Ireland,
      Teagasc and BIM account for 95% of awards made by FETAC in 2004, 2005 and to-date
      in 2006.

§     The range of learners in further education and training is diverse and includes:
      -   Adults (self-funded part-time)
      -   Post Leaving Certificate students
      -   Travellers & ethnic minorities
      -   Community groups
      -   Work based learners
      -   Learners in second-chance education.

§     Programmes are of variable duration, full time, part-time, long and short-term, and are
      delivered in a variety of settings such as classrooms, the community, work places and at
      home eg e-learning.

2.3   National and International Practice

§     In both national and international practice, the essence of validation is closely related to
      both quality assurance of the provider and the standards for awards as set by the awarding
      body. Validation is widely acknowledged as “the process by which an awarding body shall
      satisfy itself that a learner may attain knowledge, skill or competence for the purpose of an
      award made by the awarding body”.

      However, the term validation is not a term used to a great extent in further education and
      training nationally or internationally. It is more frequently associated with a higher
      education process whereby a detailed submission is made proposing the award standard,
      level and title. In other words the award standard and title itself is agreed as part of the
      validation exercise. This is not the case for new FETAC awards where the standards will
      exist independent of the programme.

§     The national systems developed by the Former Awarding Bodies to assure and monitor the
      quality of programme provision and assessment provide many examples of good practice.
      In developing its policy and processes FETAC recognises the importance of retaining and
      building on this existing good practice. A review of the processes of the Former Awarding
      Bodies indicated that all include various arrangements for the quality assurance and
      approval of programmes. The approaches used vary considerably with some focusing on
      assuring the inputs to programmes while others measure the outputs of assessment.
      Terms used to describe some of these processes include curriculum development,
      accreditation and approval.

§     All the systems, however they were constructed, include the essential feature of validation
      being prior approval by an awarding body of a programme offered by a registered provider
      leading to an award of that awarding body.

§     HETAC published a policy on Accreditation in August 2005. This includes the HETAC
      validation policy and criteria required under Section 23 of the Act. The policy includes the
      establishment of a Programme Accreditation Committee (PAC), a standing sub-committee
      of the HETAC Council to which the Council has delegated validation decision making
      authority. It also includes a facility for providers to make representation to HETAC in
      relation to decisions to refuse or withdraw validation.

§     FETAC’s policy builds on the best of national and international practice.


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2.4   Developing a policy for the validation of programmes

§     FETAC has engaged in an extensive consultation process with a wide range of
      stakeholders.

§     In 2004 a draft validation model, prepared with the assistance of the Technical Working
      Group, was tested with a range of providers.

§     The test focused on the effectiveness of the quality of the provider’s programmes as it
      related to the purpose, content, delivery and assessment of a programme leading to an
      existing FETAC award.

§     The test highlighted that validation in further education and training serves two inter-related
      purposes in relation to quality assuring a programme leading to an award. Firstly,
      validation is a tool that seeks to verify certain quantitative aspects of the proposed
      programme and secondly it is a process of evaluating more qualitative programme issues
      to ensure that a learner may attain the appropriate knowledge, skill or competence for the
      purpose of the awarding body making an award.

§     The verification dimension of validation ensures that a programme proposed by a provider
      to lead to an award complies with what might be described as the technical requirements
      for that award. These include an examination of the programme in relation to the Award
      Specification. It will also include a consideration of the provider's procedures for access,
      transfer, and progression; the Recognition of Prior Learning; and Protection for Learners
      as well as spec ific legal obligations where and when appropriate.

§     The qualitative dimension of validation examines the elements of the programme that are
      within the provider’s remit and that can vary across providers. These quality elements
      include:
      -    Aims/objectives/rationale
      -    Programme learning outcomes
      -    Programme content/activities
      -    Learning strategies/methodologies
      -    Assessment Techniques
      -    Accommodation, Resources
      -    Tutor and Assessor Profiles.

§     The test phase found that these elements presented the evaluators and subsequently the
      Council with a full and accurate picture of the programme, which would enable its
      effectiveness to be ascertained and subsequently monitored.

§     The draft policy was presented to and discussed with the Policies Committee in June 2005.
      Subsequently, the Draft Validation Policy was circulated to key stakeholders for comment.
      FETAC also directly consulted with FÁS, Teagasc, Fáilte Ireland, the Department of
      Education and Science, the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, the
      Irish Vocational Educational Association and the Level 1 and 2 Expert Working Group.




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3.   Principles

§    Following research and consultation and consistent with FETAC values and policies in
     other areas, FETAC has identified the following principles which underpin the validation of
     programmes:

     Quality

     This is a key principle which underpins the validation policy, processes, and procedures.
     Quality will be assured through robust and rigorous criteria underpinned by best practice
     and through systematic monitoring and evaluation of the policy’s effectiveness.

     Transparency

     Transparency will underpin both the development and implementation of the policy and
     procedures.

     Consistency

     The validation process will contribute to ensuring and maintaining consistency of national
     standards across providers and programmes. The policy and associated processes must
     support and enhance the credibility of programmes and FETAC awards.

     Responsiveness

     Validation processes will be responsive to the needs of providers and will operate
     efficiently in an agreed timescale from submission to approval.

     Subsidiarity

     Validation processes will be carried out by organisations who have appropriate quality
     assured policies and processes for the approval of programmes, in place.


4.   Policy

§    FETAC will ensure that programmes, offered by registered providers, leading to FETAC
     awards provide learners with appropriate opportunities to reach the standards for the
     award.

§    FETAC will ensure that the quantitative aspects of the programme will be verified and the
     qualitative aspects will be evaluated. Validation will ensure that programmes offered by
     providers are designed to match the published Award Specification. It will also ensure that
     the proposed assessment is appropriate to the standards of knowledge, skill and
     competence required to achieve the award, the programme and the learner. See
     Appendix 2.

§    FETAC recognises the capacity and expertise of a range of organisations, including the
     Higher Education Institutions, VECs, FAS, Failte Ireland, Teagasc and BIM in relation to
     programme design, development, evaluation and approval. FETAC will quality assure and
     monitor organisation’s policies and procedures for the approval of programmes.

§    FETAC will ensure through Programme Approval Agreements that organisations have
     appropriate structures, processes and procedures in place for the evaluation of
     programmes . Programmes will be evaluated, by these organisations, in accordance with
     FETAC validation guidelines and criteria.
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§   FETAC will require providers to submit programmes for validation before commencement
    of programme delivery.

§   FETAC will enable providers to develop programmes for use across a range of registered
    providers in order to facilitate the sharing of validated programmes, to maximise resources
    and avoid duplication of effort.

§   Once validated, programmes will be considered valid until either the standards for the
    named award, to which the programme is designed to lead, are significantly
    changed/revised by FETAC or the programme is found, through monitoring, to no longer
    meet the validation criteria.

§   FETAC will monitor all validated programmes on an ongoing basis. FETAC will review the
    validation of a programme if following sustained monitoring activity, the programme is
    found to no longer meet the validation criteria.

§   FETAC may, following review of validation, withdraw validation of the programme. A
    recommendation to withdraw validation will only be made following sustained monitoring
    activity which demonstrates that the programme is, for whatever reason, no longer valid
    and where the provider has, over time, failed to address the issues.

§   A decision to withdraw validation of a programme will only be made by the Council.

§   FETAC will operate an appeals process which will enable providers to appeal the decision
    of Council relating either to the refusal to validate a programme or the decision to withdraw
    validation for a programme.

§   FETAC will review its validation policy and criteria at least once every 5 years in
    accordance with the Act.




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5.    Roles

5.1   Council

§     The Council has a key role in FETAC’s validation function and will approve all related
      policies including validation, appeals and monitoring.

§     The Council will establish clear and transparent criteria to validate, to refuse validation or
      to withdraw validation of a programme.

§     In order to ensure an efficient and responsive validation process the Council will establish
      a Programme Validation Committee. This will be a standing committee of Council to which
      the Council will delegate authority to make validation decisions.

§     The Council will approve organisation’s policies and procedures for the evaluation of
      programmes.

§     The Council will make decisions relating to appeals where a programme has been refused
      validation.

§     The Council will consider representation from provider’s where withdrawal had been
      recommended. The Council will make decisions relating to the withdrawal of validation.

§     The Council will implement the decisions of the Authority in relation to appeals.

§     The Council will review the validation policy and criteria at least once every five years.

5.2   Programme Validation Committee

§     The Programme Validation Committee will be established by the Council and will operate
      based on detailed procedures and criteria set by Council. It will be chaired by a Council
      member and will be established for a three year period. The committee will be required to
      meet regularly.

§     The committee will comprise a total of four members - two Council members and two
      further education and training experts with a range of experiences including in education,
      training, quality assurance, validation and monitoring.

§     The main function of the committee will be to validate or refuse to validate programmes. It
      will also consider recommendations from monitoring reports for the withdrawal of validation
      and make recommendations for withdrawal to Council.

5.3   Executive

§     The role of the executive is to manage the validation process and act as secretariat to the
      Programme Validation Committee. The executive will prepare composite reports based on
      evaluators’ recommendations for presentation to the Programme Validation Committee.

§     In particular the executive will draft guidelines and criteria for each stage of the validation
      process.

§     The executive will ensure all validation submissions are evaluated in accordance with
      FETAC’s requirements, maintain a register of validated programmes and monitor the
      quality of validated programmes.


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§     The executive will organise briefings and information sessions for providers and prepare
      reports for Council as appropriate.

§     The executive will publish the validation plan.

5.4   Evaluators

§     Evaluators will be recruited and trained by FETAC to evaluate programmes in a
      professional manner in accordance with FETAC’s policy and criteria. A panel of evaluators
      will be established and maintained by FETAC.

§     Evaluators will have substantial experience in programme design and assessment in
      further education and training and have appropriate subject matter expertise.

§     Evaluators will make recommendations to Council to validate or refuse validation of a
      programme

§     Organisations with Programme Approval Agreements with FETAC will designate
      appropriate personnel to evaluate programmes in accordance with FETAC policy,
      guidelines and criteria. Where appropriate FETAC may provide briefings and training for
      these evaluators.

§     FETAC will develop and publish best practice guidelines for evaluators.

5.4   Monitors

§     Review of validation will be carried out through monitoring activity. Monitors will
      recommend the continuation of or the withdrawal of validation.

5.5   Providers

§     Providers will design programmes based on the award standards outlined in the published
      Award Specifications. Providers may submit a programme which, when validated, will be
      used by a range of centres. Providers will deliver validated programmes and assess
      learners in accordance with procedures outlined at validation.

§     Providers will be required to monitor and self evaluate the quality of programmes and
      provide FETAC with relevant information for national monitoring and evaluation purposes.

§     Providers may apply to FETAC for agreement of their policies and procedures relating to
      the evaluation of programmes.




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6.    Process

§     There are five key stages in the validation process, i.e. submission, evaluation, decision,
      appeal and review. See Appendix 3.

§     The validation process will include a standard application procedure for providers, a
      detailed evaluation of the application by trained evaluators, followed by a recommendation,
      and a decision. Validated programmes will be subject to review.

6.1   Submission

§     FETAC will publish guidelines and criteria for the validation of programmes. Submissions
      will be based on the guidelines and criteria and will be in a standard format. See Appendix
      2.

§     A standard electronic application template has been prepared.

§     Registered providers (i.e. those with QA agreed) wishing to offer programmes leading to a
      FETAC award will submit programmes for validation prior to commencing delivery.

6.2   Evaluation

§     Following initial screening for completeness, submissions will be evaluated against the
      published criteria by trained evaluators.

§     Programmes will be evaluated against the following criteria:
      - consistency with the award being sought, i.e. the proposed programme should enable
        the learner to meet the standards of the FETAC award at the relevant level within the
        framework of qualifications
      - coherence in respect of its stated outcomes, content, learner profile and assessment
        activities
      - capacity of the provider to deliver the programme to the proposed level
      - compliance with the Qualifications Act in relation to Access, Transfer and Progression
        and Protection for Learners as appropriate and compliance with any special conditions
        attached to the Award Specification e.g. legislation, specialist resources etc

§     The outcome of the evaluation process will be a recommendation to the Programme
      Validation Committee.

§     Programme submissions received from organisations with Programme Approval
      Agreements will have been evaluated in accordance with the same criteria. They will be
      recommended to FETAC’s Programme Validation Committee for validation.

6.3   Decision

§     The Programme Validation Committee, on the basis of the evaluators’ recommendations
      and a formal report by the FETAC executive, will make the validation decision. The
      decision will be to validate the programme or refuse validation of the programme.

6.4   Appeals

§     A decision to refuse validation can be appealed first to the Council and subsequently to the
      Authority. A provider whose programme has been refused validation may appeal to
      FETAC in writing within one month of the decision to refuse validation. FETAC will
      establish criteria and grounds for such an appeal. The grounds will focus on the process
      rather than the outcomes.

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§       If, having considered the appeal, the Council refuses validation, the provider may appeal
        directly to the Authority under Section 17 of the Act.

6.5     Review

§       FETAC may, in accordance with the Act, at any time review the validation of a programme.
        In practice review of validation will be conducted through monitoring activity.

§       Monitoring reports will be compiled from a range of information sources. Where evaluation
        has focused on a validated programme the monitoring report will recommend either
        continued validation of a programme or the withdrawal, by Council, of the validation for a
        programme. A recommendation to withdraw validation will only be made where sustained
        monitoring activity has demonstrated that the programme is, for whatever reason, no
        longer valid and where the provider has, over time, failed to address the issues.

6.5.1   Withdrawal

§       Following consideration of the monitoring report the Programme Validation Committee may
        recommend to Council that the programme validation be withdrawn. The Council will
        make the decision to withdraw or continue validation of the programme based on the
        monitoring report and the recommendations of the Programme Validation Committee.

§       Following a decision to withdraw validation a provider will be informed and will be invited to
        make representation to Council in writing within one month of the decision. If, having
        considered the representation of the provider, FETAC still decides to withdraw validation
        the provider may appeal this decision to the Authority.




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7.   Implementation

§    The implementation of the Validation Policy is dependant on the availability of standards
     for named awards in the form agreed by Council in December 2005 (ie Award
     Specifications) as part of the new Common Awards System.

§    Award Specifications for named awards at levels 1 and 2 are currently available. The
     validation policy and related process as outlined above will be implemented initially for
     programmes relating to these new awards.

§    First submission of programmes at levels 1 and 2, from a small number of providers, is
     anticipated from Summer 2006.

§    The first Award Specifications for named awards at levels 3 - 6 will be available from
     Autumn 2007.

§    Validation of programmes leading to awards at levels 3 - 6 will commence from Autumn
     2007 as Award Specifications become available.

§    It is anticipated that providers will commence delivering validated programmes at levels 3 -
     6 from Autumn 2008.

§    FETAC will publish an Awards Plan in June 2006. This Plan will outline a schedule for the
     development and review of new and existing awards under the new common award
     system.

§    As new awards are introduced and as current awards are replaced providers will be
     required to have programmes leading to them validated. FETAC will manage this process
     carefully having due regard for the impact on all stakeholders. Aligned to the Awards Plan
     FETAC will publish a Validation Plan. This will provide for the introduction of validation on
     a phased basis.


8.   Next Steps

§    Development of a communications strategy relating to the introduction of validation which
     will meet the information needs of stakeholders, particularly providers.

§    The implementation of validation for programmes at levels 1 and 2.

§    Development by the executive of detailed processes, procedures, criteria and guidelines
     for the introduction and monitoring of Programme Approval Agreements.

§    The development of an Integrated IT System is ongoing. This new system will include
     functionality to support the validation of programmes. The specification of requirements for
     this system is under way.




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Appendix 1


Technical Working Group

Eamon Tully, Teagasc
John O’Dwyer, Teagasc
Mary Owens, Failte Ireland
Alex Keys, Failte Ireland
Sharon Feeney, DIT
Aidan Kelly, DIT
Dermot Douglas, Council of Directors of Institutes of Technology
Monica Manning, Community Action Network
Anne Higgins, Level 1-2 Expert Working Group
Diarmuid O’Brien, Ballyfermot College of Further Education
Louise Hurley, National Learning Network
Christine Whyte, National Disability Authority
Evan Buckley, CDVEC
Mary Leahy, Cork College of Commerce
Veronica Cleary. FAS
Tara O’Brien, FAS
Pat Halley, Leargas
Shivaun O’Brien, Youthreach
Sean Heading, Education & Training Services Trust, ICTU
Sean O’Leary, First Polymer




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Appendix 2                Validation Submission Content

Programme Validation Submission (Electronic process)
Provider Information
   § Provider Name                             § Commercial and Profit making status
   § Provider Type                             § Outreach centres/contracted
   § Registration Reference                       deliverers

    *Once provider name is entered all other information for this section will be automatically generated by the
    FETAC database

Award Information
  § List of award types, titles, levels relating to programme(s) being validated
  § Special conditions attached to the award (including specific legislative compliance if any)
        Information automatically generated by the FETAC database

    General Programme Information
    § Start Date                                            §   Learner Numbers (approx)
    § Duration/NLH/Delivery Cycle                           §   Sites of Delivery (if known or criteria for
    § Delivery Mode(s)                                          selection of sites)

    Access, Transfer and Progression
    § Learner Profile                                       §   Learner Supports
    § Entry Criteria                                        §   Information for Learners
    § Selection Processes                                   §   Transfer and Progression opportunities
    § RPL (arrangements for access)

    Specific Programme Information
    § Title                                                 §   Assessment Requirements (techniques,
    § Aims/objectives/rationale                                 weightings, criteria, RPL procedures,
    § Programme learning outcomes                               schedule)
    § Programme content and activities                      §   Trainer and Assessor Profiles
    § Learning strategies/methodologies                     §   Arrangements for monitoring and
                                                                evaluation of the programme

    Accommodation & Resources
    § Accommodation                                         §   Specialist resources


    Protection for Learners*
    § Transfer and/or Refund Arrangements (Section 43)


    Second Provider Information*
    § Second Provider Details                               §   Evidence of consultation about the
    § Evidence of QA agreement                                  programme between first and second
       between first and second provider                        provider
Information automatically generated by database

   Provider Declaration
   § Verifying accuracy of submission content
   § Assurance that resources are in place
   § Compliance with FETAC requirements in relation to monitoring and evaluation.
Protection for learners and second provider information will not apply to all providers.

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Appendix 3

                                     Validation Process


                                        1. SUBMISSION

Registered providers will submit a programme in a standard format and consistent with FETAC’s
 requirements as outlined in the published Award Specification, Guidelines for Assessment and
                                      criteria for validation.



                                       2. EVALUATION

              The programme will be evaluated against FETAC validation criteria.

   When programmes are submitted by organisations who have quality assured Programme
 Approval Agreements, it will have already been evaluated against the FETAC validation criteria.




                                         3. DECISION

         Programme Validation Committee validate or refuse to validate the programme



                                          4. APPEAL

                     Providers may appeal the decision to refuse validation



                                          5. REVIEW

FETAC reviews the programme. The decision may be to withdraw validation. The provider may
                          appeal this decision to the Authority.




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