To assess degrees for advanced accreditation, the Royal Society of Biology looks at learning outcomes achieved by graduates. However, we encourage new degree programmes, where students have yet to graduate, to apply for interim advanced accreditation.
Under these circumstances, the advanced accreditation process is likely to involve a review of the course and a visit to the university before the first cohort of students graduate. We may then grant interim advanced accreditation pending first cohort graduation, with full advanced accreditation status awarded afterwards, if appropriate.
Universities seeking interim advanced accreditation should refer to our guidance for interim advanced accreditation, and contact us to discuss suitable pathways to gaining advanced accreditation before submitting an application.
Under these circumstances, the interim advanced accreditation process is likely to involve:
The Assessment Panel will review the application and supporting documents, and complete the interim accreditation stage one report. The university will then be advised whether the degree programme is likely to meet the advanced accreditation criteria and given the opportunity to make amendments before a site visit is scheduled.
If the degree programme demonstrates the potential to meet the criteria, a site visit will be conducted. If the assessors remain satisfied the programme will meet the learning outcomes, they can choose to award interim accreditation; otherwise, the HEI will be given the opportunity to implement any recommended changes.
The Assessment Panel will make their recommendation to the Royal Society of Biology Council whether interim advanced accreditation should be awarded. Once interim advanced accreditation is ratified by the Council, the institution may publicise this.
Please refer to the guidance notes for more detailed information about the assessment process for interim advanced accreditation.
In order to gain full advanced accreditation, the university must provide evidence to assure the assessors that the graduate learning outcomes are being achieved and the degree meets the requirements for advanced accreditation.
If you have any queries about interim advanced accreditation, please do not hesitate to contact us.