Internal Quality Assurance in Europe

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    This course was initially offered in conjunction with the 2019 ECTE General Assembly in  Rome on the topic: 'Engaging quality in theological education in the European Higher Education Area and the global ICETE community' (see ECTE GA 2019).

    It is designed in particular for leaders and quality assurance officers in theological colleges that are looking for accreditation and recognition in the European Higher Education Area.   It is however also a course that will equip members of visiting evaluation teams as they engage in accreditation visits with the European Council for Theological Education. 

    The aims of the course are fundamentally to give an orientation to Part 1 of the European Standards and Guidelines that outline the basic standards and guidelines for quality assurance in European higher education institutes (HEIs).

    Course Outcomes

    This course introduces Part 1 of the European Standards and Guidelines that deals with the standards for internal quality assurance of higher education institutes (HEIs) in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).   It is particularly suited for schools that are seeking accreditation or review through the European Council for Theological Education (ECTE) and wish to fully understand European quality assurance standards.  

    Course content
    • Introducing: ECTE, ESG, EQAR and SG-GETE 
    • ESG 1.1 - Policy for quality assurance
    • ESG 1.2 - Design and approval of programmes
    • ESG 1.3 - Student-centred learning, teaching and assessment 
    • ESG 1.4 - Student admission, progression, recognition and certification
    • ESG 1.5 - Teaching staff
    • ESG 1.6 - Learning resources and student support
    • ESG 1.7 - Information management
    • ESG 1.8 - Public information
    • ESG 1.9 - On-going monitoring and periodic review of programmes
    • ESG 1.10 - Cyclical external quality assurance
    • A Theology of Quality


    This course is authored by Dr Marvin Oxenham for the European Council for Theological Education. Marvin is the ICETE Academy Director, General Secretary of the ECTE and Programme Leader for the MA in Theological Education programme at the London School of Theology. He lives in Rome, Italy.  His fields of expertise are in educational philosophy, character education, accreditation and online education. 

    Delivery mode

    This is a self-paced online course.


    10 hours of learning (online work and project)

    ICETE Academy points

    10 points

    Completion requirements

    You will need to complete the learning sections, conduct a self-evaluation and pass a quiz demonstrating basic knowledge and understanding of the ten standards in ESG1.

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