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Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning

Qualification and Academic Programme Planning (Q&APP) is a support unit that was established after the restructuring of the NWU during 2016/2017.

Q&APP supports faculties with the planning, design and development of new qualifications, academic programmes and the amendment of existing programmes. As such, it provides leadership and specialist curriculum development support to faculties, for the development and maintenance of a high-quality Programme Qualification Mix (PQM) for multimodalities of provision. The NWU aim is to offer a transformative new century curriculum and PQM which is relevant, futuristic and responsive to industry and society, while remaining financially viable. In line with the vision and values of the NWU, Q&APP recognises the ownership of and responsibility for qualifications and academic programme planning of our eight Faculties, their Schools and Entities for the Mahikeng, Potchefstroom and Vanderbijlpark campuses.  

 Services offered:

  • Since this is a public university, only formal qualifications and programmes approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), accredited by the Council on Higher. Education (CHE), and registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) may be offered. Q&APP facilitates all these external approvals after internal approval by Senate.
  • Academics are not necessarily curriculum specialists, and Q&APP, in collaboration with other support departments provides curriculum expertise and ensure compliance.
  • Q&APP disseminates external regulation and directives relating to qualification and programme planning and design and contributes to the alignment of the institutional regulatory framework.
  • Internal processes are streamlined and standardised in support of principled qualification and programme planning and design.
  • Calendar (yearbook) changes can only be affected by Senate through the Senate Committee for Academic Standards (SCAS).
  • Q&APP ensures that the electronic curriculum management system, Tsela, is run optimally and provides accurate qualification and programme information.
  • Q&APP provides an intellectual and academic climate where undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications and programmes will have research programmes to support the postgraduate programme.

Q&APP advises and supports Faculties in line with their integrated teaching and learning plans with:

  • The planning, design and development of new qualifications as presribed by the NWU vision and strategy;
  • Changes tp qualification names;
  • The planning, design and development of new academic programmes;
  • The re-curriculation of programmes:
    • Application for additional modes of provision;
    • Application for additional major fields of study/ CESMs (Classification of Educational Subject Matter);
    • Applications for additional delivery sites/campuses;
    • Other calendar (yearbook) changes.
  • Technical support with the curriculum management system, Tsela;
  • The preparation of applications for SCAS meetings. This committee considers matters with respect to compliance, quality, relevance, and the responsiveness of the NWU’s formal academic offering;
  • Review the NWU PQM from time to time.


Page updated on 2024/03/08