The Curriculum 2021 Programme Self Evaluation Questions document (PSEQ) was developed in 2018 as part of the implementation of Curriculum 2021. For more information, view the Curriculum 2021 and the Liverpool Hallmarks and Attributes.
Since 2018 the Programme Self Evaluation Questions have been extended into a Curriculum 2021 Alignment Toolkit to provide programme teams with guidance and support on how to ensure their programmes reflect the Liverpool Hallmarks and Graduate Attributes. Use the following sections to access whichever elements of the toolkit are relevant to you.
What do I need to do?
I am developing a new programme...
If you have been asked to develop a new programme incorporating the Curriculum 2021 Hallmarks, Attributes and Principles you should follow the steps detailed below.
The black text demonstrates the work needed to support alignment with Curriculum 2021, whilst the red text shows where this is incorporated into existing AQSD processes.
I am reviewing a current programme as part of IPR & revalidation...
If you are reviewing a current programme as part of IPR & Revalidation and want to understand the requirements of reviewing for curriculum 2021 alignment within that process you should follow the steps detailed below.
The black text demonstrates the work needed to support alignment with Curriculum 2021, whilst the red text shows where this is incorporated into existing AQSD processes. Complete the PSEQ as one of the first IPR tasks, ideally 6 months before date of IPR event.
In addition you will find the PSEQ Alignment at a glance a good place to start. Other documents you may find helpful include the Curriculum 2021 Programme Mapping Template and the optional Curriculum 2021 Action Plan Template.
I am reviewing a current programme outside of formal AQSD processes...
If you are undertaking a scoping exercise to ascertain to what extent your programme aligns to curriculum 2021 you will find the PSEQ Alignment at a glance a good place to start. Other documents you may find helpful include the Curriculum 2021 Programme Mapping Template and the optional Curriculum 2021 Action Plan Template.
Regardless of which process you are engaging with the Centre for Innovation in Education Curriculum 2021 webpages, featuring case studies, guides and further information on curriculum 2021 are a useful resource.
How do I go about this?
To see how your current programme provision aligns to Curriculum 2021 click on this self- assessment rubric. This will enable you to review your current provision and can provide some inspiration for future enhancement ideas.
If you are developing a new programme it is useful to design in curriculum 2021 hallmarks, attributes and principles from the beginning. Use this set of questions to help prompt you to do so.
If you want to understand where and how curriculum 2021 is evidenced in your required modules or programme components and need further information you can use this template with module or programme component leads to gather relevant data.
Curriculum 2021 Action Plan Template (Optional)
If you would like to record how you are evidencing your alignment to curriculum 2021 and the actions you are going to take as a programme team to enhance this, you may find this document useful.
Here all in one place are the curriculum principles along with the definitions of the hallmarks and graduate attributes.
I don’t have enough information about the programme modules/ components to know how, or to what extent our programme aligns?
In order to identify the extent to which your programme/programmes align to Curriculum 2021 you will need to identify the compulsory modules or programme components within your programme for each year of study. By mapping the compulsory requirements within the duration of the programme (a Curriculum 2021 Programme Mapping Template is available to help you) you can identify as a minimum the opportunities that all students have to experience the Liverpool Hallmarks of Research Connected Teaching, Active Learning and Authentic Assessment and to progressively develop their Graduate Attributes of Confidence, Digital Fluency and Global Citizenship within your programme provision.
In order to demonstrate the progressive development of students’ skills and experiences in relation to the Hallmarks and Attributes there will need to be a “spine” or number of compulsory modules/ programme components within each year of the programme. If this is not the case, potential student pathways will need to be mapped instead, to demonstrate how ALL students’ skills are developed progressively and equitably through the duration of the programme regardless of the module/ programme component choices made. Help is available from CIE staff to identify student pathways if required.
Programme Leaders may require module/ programme component leaders to reflect on the extent to which their modules align to the Curriculum 2021 Hallmarks and Attributes prior to completing the overall PSEQ for the programme. The Curriculum 2021 Programme Mapping Template can be sent to module/ programme component leaders to be populated, with the Curriculum 2021 Overview of Hallmarks Attributes and Principles document. When reviewing the extent to which the programme aligns to the Curriculum 2021 Hallmarks and Attributes Programme Leaders should take into account the evidence gathered via the mapping tool.
What if my programme is part of a combined degree?
At present it has not been deemed necessary to evaluate 50/50 or 75/25 combined degrees in terms of curriculum 2021. This is based on the assumption that if all departments demonstrate alignment of their 100% programmes to Curriculum 2021 requirements, programmes drawing on elements from these 100% programmes will also align. However if modules have been developed jointly across departments as a bespoke cross curricula offering that is only experienced by students on a 50% or 75/25% one department will need to take responsibility for the mapping of that module to curriculum 2021.
What if I don’t have any required modules or programme components in some years of my programme?
Then you will probably need to map each module/programme requirement that students may complete in that year of study, or each suite/basket of modules/programme components that students may choose from. CIE can help you to identify what will need to be mapped if you require help with this.