Guide to Validation

The communications sector is constantly evolving and developing at a rapid speed. At London College of Communication, we regularly review and update the courses we offer to ensure they are at the cutting edge of new thinking and meet the changing needs of industry so that our students are prepared for successful careers in the creative industries.

Validation

When we develop new courses, they are required to go through 'validation' prior to the start of the course as part of the internal and external quality assurance process.

This means that the course is undergoing development and is subject to formal approval.

This process of development is an essential part of course creation and enables the course to carry an award (eg. BA (Hons) or Masters), which students work towards achieving.

All aspects of the course, such as content, modes of delivery, structure and assessment methods, are considered during validation.

We consult with external advisors from other leading institutions, industry experts who contribute to the course design, current students and where possible graduates working in the creative industries.

The aim of validation is to ensure the most innovative and industry-focused course provision possible across the College.

Revalidation

'Revalidation' is a similar process to validation but applies to our existing courses which are already running. 

As part of the quality assurance process, we review and develop our course provision across LCC portfolio on a regular basis. Existing courses are required to go through revalidation at regular intervals, and significant changes to a course will require it to be re-validated before the updated course can be delivered.

All aspects of the course, such as content, modes of delivery, structure and assessment methods, are considered during re-validation.

We consult with external advisors from other leading institutions, industry experts who contribute to the course design, current students and where possible graduates working in the creative industries.

Revalidation helps to ensure that all our courses remain innovative, engaging, relevant and rewarding for all our current and future students.

Suspension

On occasion it may be necessary to ‘suspend’ recruitment to a course.

This suspension is typically for a fixed period of time (normally one academic year) and the course will not recruit any students for that particular year of intake, however the course is not formally being closed.