Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements

Introduction and Definitions

The collaborative approach taken by the University encourages opportunities for access to HE via articulation arrangements with partners. 

As defined by the Collaborative Academic Arrangements Policy (October 2014) an Articulation Agreement describes a partnership arrangement which recognises and grants guaranteed admission with advanced standing to a UW award from a programme undertaken at an approved partner organisation.  

‘Advanced Standing’ applies generally to admission to a course, whereby an applicant can be admitted to a semester or year of the course other than the first semester or year, on the basis of learning they have completed elsewhere. The University has four different arrangements covering entry with advanced standing:  

  • accreditation of prior learning: whereby individual applicants claim credit for prior learning on an individual basis
  • progression from Higher National or Foundation Degree programmes delivered by partner organisations to Honours degree top-up arrangements agreed as part of the approval of the HN or FD course 
  • recognition agreements: an arrangement whereby an award delivered by another institution is formally recognised as appropriate for entry with or without advanced standing to a specified UW programme, thereby providing a basis for individual applications to the course. There is no guaranteed entry or progression through any recognition arrangement. Please see guidance on Recognition
  • articulation agreements: As described above, only articulation agreements grant guaranteed admission

Articulation agreements are developed by UW Institutes in liaison with potential partners and with guidance from the Academic Quality Unit (AQU) and other relevant departments of the University as appropriate.

Articulation arrangements fall under the scope of the QAA UK Quality Code chapter B10 on the managing higher education provision with others, and are subject to formal approval, monitoring and review through the associated University process; Articulation arrangements - approval, monitoring and review processes (January 2013). 

Articulation and Partnerships

The approval of articulation arrangements brings together approval of the proposed partner and the specific proposed articulation arrangement where a new partnership is involved.  

If a proposal for an articulation arrangement comes from an existing partner of the University, stages 2, 3 and 4 are not required (since they have already been completed through the partner approval process).  

It is recognised that proposals for articulation arrangements may come from/involve awarding bodies rather than organisations delivering a particular programme. In some cases proposals may moreover be based on programmes accredited or awarded by recognised international accreditation agencies, or by existing partners of the University. These factors will be taken into account in determining the nature of the evidence required for due diligence, curriculum mapping and site visits. 



Articulation arrangements - approval, monitoring and review processes
Flowchart for articulation process
Articulation approval report template

 Accreditation of Prior Learning

It is possible, of course, for students to apply individually for advanced standing using existing APL regulations.  However, this is an unwieldy approach if to be used on large numbers of students, and also adds burden and uncertainty to arrangements in such cases. 

Articulation Agreements are therefore based upon UW APL principles, but apply universally to all students following approved courses with an Articulation Agreement.