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Course Approval for International Student Classes, Courses or Programmes
A2020/1 - 3 Feb 2020

To:

Principal/Tumuaki
Principal's Nominee
All Teachers

Course Approval for International Student Classes, Courses or Programmes

Background information for all schools

Under section 4E of the Education Act 1989, schools are required to apply to NZQA for approval for classes, courses or programmes which are intended exclusively or mainly for international students (4E course approval).

NZQA interprets “exclusively or mainly” as meaning more than fifty percent of the students in the class, course or programme being international students.

Under the Rules, the school must have adequate staff, equipment and premises. The standard of instruction provided must be no lower than the standard that would be expected in any similar class, course or programme for domestic students.

Changes for schools with consent to assess

Approval requirements for consented schools

The approval and monitoring requirements have changed for schools that provide courses, classes and programmes intended exclusively or mainly for international students and have consent to assess against standards. From 2020 requirements will be based on the Guide to Requirements for Consent to Assess for Schools, August 2011 (“CAAS Guidelines”).

For schools with consent to gain NZQA approval for a class, course or programme offered exclusively or mainly for international students the requirements of the CAAS Guidelines Part D 2.5.i-v Development, delivery and review of programmes must be met, as outlined in the school’s Quality Management System document.

Schools holding consent will be required to complete an application form for each course offered under section 4E of the Education Act (referred to as 4E education) stating that they meet the CAAS Guidelines Part D 2.5 i-v. Further information will be provided by NZQA shortly.

Development, delivery and review of programmes information (DOCX, 15KB)

Monitoring of consented schools

All schools with consent to assess will be required to annually attest whether:

  • 4E education is being offered
  • the 4E education course, class or programme has been approved by NZQA.

For all consented schools, approval and annual attestation of 4E education will be monitored as part of a school’s Managing National Assessment cyclical review of the quality assurance of assessment systems. An evaluation of 4E education course delivery will be published in the school’s Managing National Assessment report. If a significant issue is identified, this could result in part or full removal of consent to assess.

Schools which are non-compliant with section 4E of the Education Act following this evaluation will be managed by NZQA in its role as Administrator of The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 under section 16.

No change for non-consented schools

Non-consented schools will continue with the previous system of 4E course approval where the application for approval is evaluated at their expense and approval attested annually. Compliance will be managed by NZQA as Administrator of The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 under section 16.

Enquiries

Please refer any enquiries relating to this circular to your School Relationship Manager.

School Relationship Manager
School Quality Assurance and Liaison
Telephone: 04 463 3000
Fax: 04 463 3115
Email: firstname.lastname@nzqa.govt.nz

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