Course development

All courses delivered at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust have been developed in keeping with the Trust’s mission and with the student at the centre.

We offer a selection of CPD and long-courses, as well as a variety of validated and accredited courses. Validated courses lead to a nationally and internationally recognised award (such as an MA) and are accredited (validated) by one of our University Partners (see validation below).

Course Development Committee

All Trust courses will first be discussed and considered at a strategic and fundamental level at the Course Development Committee.


All the courses we offer which lead to an Award have undergone a rigorous course development process, known as Validation, with one of our University Partners.

Courses also undergo an equally rigorous re-development every four to five years (in addition to our Annual Course Monitoring and Review processes) to ensure the course is as current, relevant, useful and high-quality as it can be.

To ensure the courses are of an equivalent level as similar awards offered at other institutions, we benchmark against the Quality Assurance Agency’s Quality Code Part A, and also refer to Chapter B1 of the same Quality Code. This protects the value of the course and ensures that students are getting training and education of the best standards.


Inclusivity in course and assessment design

When writing or reviewing your course, please be mindful of those with disabilities, those whose first language is not English, and socio-economic groups. Please take a look at this report from the Higher Education Academy (HEA). They have a wealth of guidance and information in these areas.

Courses validated by the University of Essex undergo validation processes, course review processes and process of amendments that are unique to that University.

Please find the Unit Template and Course Handbook Templates for validation here.

Information about Credit Accumulation can be found here, and Rules of Assessment (which give information about duration and credit ratings and more) and Credit Frameworks can be found here.

The following information can be found on the University’s web page ‘Information for existing partners’:

Course Validation and Periodic Reviews (Revalidations)

  • Guidance for students, course teams and panel members
  • Timelines
  • Approval forms
  • Checklists
  • Validation Postgraduate Research courses additional information template
  • Periodic Review Reflective Document
  • Programme specification template
  • Module map template
  • Validation and Periodic Review Course Team's Response (responding to recommendations and conditions)

Course Variation (Modification)

  • Making changes to validated courses
  • Changes to the Rules of assessment
  • Course suspension
  • Discontinuation (Course withdrawal)

Special Syllabus Request Form

On rare occasions, it may be necessary to slightly alter the course curriculum to accommodate a student or group of students that are experiencing unforeseen circumstances which prevent them from completing the normal course curriculum. This process is there to support Course Leads in accommodating students in this situation.

New site of Delivery and Institutional Review

  • Guidance
  • Form

Information on Programme Approval is found on this ‘Forms and Guidance Notes’ web page.

Information on Programme Validation and Review is found on this web page.