Validation refers to the process by which our Bar Course is considered for approval.
Because this is a new programme, we must satisfy the BSB, the Office for Students (OfS), and our collaborative partner that our Bar course meets all the relevant academic, governance and regulatory requirements.
The validation process will ensure that our course meets all external requirements, particularly in relation to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), Subject Benchmark Statements and the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).
What follows is a potted history of what has happened so far:
December 2018: The Inns of Court gave their permission for the ICCA to apply to the BSB to be authorised to deliver the new two-part Bar Course.
December 2018: The ICCA applied to the Office for Students (OfS) to be registered as an HE Provider and made an application to work collaboratively with a degree awarding academic partner
1 April 2019: the ICCA was the first to apply to the BSB to become authorised and, on 9 July 2019, the BSB conditionally authorised the ICCA to deliver the Bar Course; the two conditions are that the ICCA successfully registers with Office for Students (OfS) and thereafter signs a contract with the BSB.
10 June 2019: The Office for Students approved the first stage of the process and passed us to the QAA for a Quality and Standards Review
25 June 2019: The ICCA submitted an application to QAA for a Quality and Standards Review (this process takes between 9-14 weeks to complete)
July 16 2019: The ICCA’s academic partner approved the collaborative working application at Programme Development Approval Sub-Committee level. Final approval is expected in Sept/Oct 2019
What happens next?
If you have any questions about the validation process, please do not hesitate to contact us.