What does validation mean in this context?

At UCFB and GIS our programme content, assessment methods and delivery are all validated by an external university who work closely with us on all areas of degree provision. The validation process is in place in order to maintain and ensure high quality provision of teaching and learning opportunities for our students.

Why have UCFB and GIS changed the validation partner for the 2021 intake and beyond?

At UCFB and GIS, we review our academic partner contractual arrangements from time to time. In line with higher education sector best practice we also hold regular periodic reviews of our degree provision. As a result, we may make changes to our validation arrangements and/or re-validate programmes. This may be as a result of contractual requirements with our validation partners which involve alterations, opportunities to change programmes to better meet student needs, or as part of the normal quality assurance process. Any changes will meet our academic partner’s usual expectations, enhance the student experience and/or improve the quality of the programme content.

Will there be any other changes made to my UCFB undergraduate degree programme if I start my studies from September 2021?

Together with the University of East London, we are taking the opportunity to review and reinvigorate our curriculum. While at present we cannot confirm specific details of our new modules before they have been confirmed at a validation event, we are able to confirm that the new curriculum will have:

  • More overall teaching hours
  • Updated, fit for purpose, content
  • A strand of academic and research skills to support your learning journey
  • A strand of learning to better equip you for the 21st century workplace and enhance your employability opportunities
  • More alignment to the needs of local, national and global industry

The structure of the advertised programme may therefore change prior to it beginning in 2021, however, all applicants will be notified of any such changes prior to enrolment.

Will there be any other changes made to my GIS Master’s degree programme if I start my studies from September 2021?

Together with the University of East London, we are taking the opportunity to review and reinvigorate our curriculum. While at present we cannot confirm specific details of our new modules before they have been confirmed at a validation event, we are able to confirm that the new curriculum will:

  • Be enhanced to align you with the future needs of the global sports industry
  • Support you to develop skills that reflect the highest standards required to enter and develop a career within the sports industry
  • Provide the knowledge to enable you to develop leadership skills to enhance your future employability
  • Enable you to learn and apply knowledge from high profile global industry leaders to enhance your global insight and develop cultural awareness

The structure of the advertised programme may therefore change prior to it beginning in 2021, however, all applicants will be notified of any such changes prior to enrolment.

Will this affect UCFB and GIS students that began their studies before September 2021?

This will not affect your studies which will still lead to a Bucks New University award. Both the University and UCFB-GIS will continue to deliver on our commitments to you, and have made arrangements to ensure that you are able to continue with and, in due course, complete your studies. In real terms this will not impact you or your studies and there will not be any noticeable change to your current experience.

Please note the exception of MSc Sports Directorship students who joined UEL from September 2020 as they will continue on a UEL course.

If you have any queries, please email the Academic Administration team at administration@ucfb.com (UCFB Etihad Campus and Online students) or wembleyadmin@ucfb.com (UCFB Wembley students).