GUIDELINES FOR THE
Updated 2nd May 2011
THE ACCREDITATION PROCESS
1.1The Advisory Process
The Council offers informal and formal advisory and consultancy sessions during the developmental stages of a course to ensure a smooth transition to full accreditation. The Accreditation Secretary will recommend a first accreditation visit once it is mutually agreed that the course is ready for such consideration. Further advisory visits can be requested post-accreditation where significant change is being considered.
1.2Your “Promise of Performance”
All courses must, as part of the documentation required by the BJTC, provide the Council with a specification of their course which details
• The occupational goals of the course
• A course title which adequately conveys those occupational goals • An analysis of demographic features of the intended cohort in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, foreign nationality and whether recruitment is primarily regional, national or international • The duration and academic status of the course (eg postgraduate, undergraduate, foundation, etc)
The purpose of the Promise of Performance is to provide essential information to prospective students and employers and to assist the BJTC in its appraisal evaluations. It is an opportunity for the course to identify its unique selling points in a competitive training marketplace. All Promises of Performance will be published on the BJTC’s website, with a link directly to the course provider.
1.3 Eligibility for Full Accreditation
Except where Council has been persuaded to the contrary, no course may be considered for full accreditation until six months after one full cohort has completed and had sufficient opportunity to find employment. Thus, in the case of a three-year degree, full accreditation status will not normally be granted until three and a half years after its launch. For 4-year courses, such as in Scotland, full status will not normally be granted until four and a half years after launch.
Those courses still awaiting their first employment returns may be publicly designated as ‘accreditation pending’ if the Advisory Panel believes that, in all respects the course is likely to meet the accreditation criteria. During the pending period the course will be subject to at least one further formal accreditation visit to ensure satisfactory progress.
When the requisite preconditions have been met, the course will receive a first Full Accreditation Visit at which the Council will be represented by three members. Subject to satisfactory performance the Council will grant the course Full Accreditation for an initial period of one year.
1.6Second Accreditation Visit and subsequent renewals
Accreditation will be confirmed and extended for a further three years, subject to the Accreditation Panel being satisfied with the outcome of its return visit. The re-accreditation process normally follows a three year cycle but, where the Panel has reservations they can recommend shorter periods of one or two years. In this instance, the Panel will make explicit the reasons for recommending a shorter period and specify the action they wish course providers to take. The Panel will expect a written indication of the steps to be taken within a jointly agreed timeframe.
1.7Interim Accreditation visits
The Council may make interim accreditation visit in the following circumstances • Where there are significant changes to course personnel, especially the appointment of a new Course Leader • Where there are substantial material changes in the delivery of a course • When there is a significant change to the course’s journalism objectives • When there is a significant...