PSRBs are 'a diverse group of organisations that include professional bodies, regulators and those with statutory authority over a profession or group of professionals. PSRBs engage with the higher education sectot through the approval, recognition and accreditation of HE programmes. They provide membership services and promote the interests of people working in professions. They accredit or endorse programmes and courses that meet professional standards, provide a route through to the professions, or are recognised by employers. PSRBs set standards for, and regulate standards of, entry into their particular professions and often participate in quality assurance activities.' (QAA, December 2018)
It is therefore important to take PSRB requirements into account when designing new, and amending existing, courses and modules, because they ensure that courses meet the professional standards and quality required for students to gain the knowledge and skills they need for their future careers.
Students may make decisions on whether to take a course on the basis of links with a PSRB, so it should be made clear in any published information to students what the status of accreditation is, what accreditation is possible, and what students need to achieve to gain accreditation (including whether this is automatic or whether students need to apply separately). Where an application has been made for accreditation, but this has not yet been confirmed, this should be clear in the information prospective and current students are provided with.
Methods and the frequency of accreditation (of any type) vary. Departments should ensure that clear information is provided on the PSRB requirements for accreditation when asking for approval of new and amended courses.
Information on accreditation is published in programme specifications, in
Finder, and in the prospectus. Itís also collected by the Higher Education
Statistics Agency (HESA) on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council for
England (HEFCE) and published on Unistats (the official website that holds data
on undergraduate courses at universities).
Itís therefore essential for information on links with PSRBs to be clear and
Responsibility for maintaining links with PSRBs rests with the departments.
Departments are responsible for the areas listed below to ensure the information we hold and publish is accurate. Heads of Department and Department Managers should allocate these tasks to a specific member or members of staff the department.
Please contact the Quality and Academic Development team (firstname.lastname@example.org; x3944) if you have any questions about PSRBs, either in relation to the development of courses and modules, or about the records which need to be maintained.
Page last updated: 04 June 2019