Peer Accreditation Scheme (PAS)

CoLRiC’s Peer Accreditation Scheme (PAS) gives Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges the opportunity to initiate a supportive and rigorous assessment of Library and Learning Resource Services against a set of specific criteria.

The Scheme engages the entire organisation, raising the visibility of Library and Learning Resource Services to senior College management, evidencing return on investment and helping to demonstrate the value and impact of the service in support of the wider teaching and learning agenda.


PAS offers many benefits. The Scheme:

  • Provides a stringent evaluation of the service within the context of the resources at its disposal;
  • Assesses how effectively and consistently an organisation supports the development of its Library and Learning Resources Service;
  • Identifies gaps in service provision, offering impartial professional advice on opportunities for service enhancements from senior library and information management professionals from across the UK;
  • Confers a recognised and prestigious quality mark that can be showcased in quality assurance inspections, including Ofsted visits.

PAS is organised into four sections for assessment which emphasise vision, leadership, management and collaboration in teaching and learning. The Scheme embraces the holistic role that a Library and Learning Resources Service should play in the wider organisation. A key element of the assessment will be to determine the intent, implementation and impact of services on determining academic success and a positive learner experience.

For full details of the Scheme, including the assessment criteria and assessment process please download the PDF.

CoLRiC Peer Accreditation Guidelines 2020