You must submit Higher Technical Qualifications applications for approval via the online application form, and you must submit one application form per qualification. The key task will be to evidence that qualifications meet the approvals criteria. We have provided additional guidance which has been embedded within the form.
Below is a summary of the evidence you will be expected to provide. It is possible to save your progress and return to the form later by selecting the save option and providing an email address.
This section requires you to:
The Institute’s privacy notice for awarding bodies is included below.
The purpose of this section is to capture contact details and ensure that you meet the relevant regulatory requirements of either Ofqual or The Office for Students. You must include additional registration/regulation information if the occupational standard aligns to a qualification or occupation that is regulated by a statutory regulator.
This section of the form requires basic information about the qualification including title and level.
In this section you must demonstrate that you have worked with employers in the planning, design and development of the submitted qualification and have received employer support and validation.
There are five questions, relating to:
If your qualification maps to multiple occupations, we expect credible employer engagement evidence for each occupation.
Evidence to support answers to these questions should be uploaded to the Contextual Information and Evidence Upload Page of the application form.
Evidence required may include:
More recent employer engagement evidence is likely to be more credible. Generally, we expect evidence to be no more than 12 months old and to be clearly attributed to specific employers or relevant bodies. The Institute may directly contact employers cited in the application.
In this section, you must identify the digital, construction or health & science occupational standard(s) the qualification aligns to.
In this section, you must demonstrate that all of the knowledge, skill and behaviour statements are covered.
This section allows you to justify the inclusion of any additional occupationally relevant content.
Higher Technical Qualifications may also include additional content relevant to the occupation that is valuable to employers. Any content that does not align to the relevant occupational standard should be included in the additional content section of the application form. We expect the vast majority (substantive element) of the qualification to cover the occupational standard. Any unit, module, and/or components that do not cover any of the KSBs in the specified standard(s) are classed as additional content.
You must provide a rationale for the occupational relevance of any content that does not directly align with the occupational standard. We may request employer engagement evidence if required and make suggestions to awarding bodies on the occupational relevance of submitted additional content.
You will be asked to outline the methods used to assess the content of the qualification and provide a rationale for why these methods are valid for the qualification. Please ensure that the assessment packages you submit directly assess the KSBs that you have mapped to the qualification.
In this section we collect information to understand the delivery and geographical spread of Higher Technical Qualifications, and when your next planned qualification revalidation is. This information is not part of the approvals process.
Please add your attachments in this section. Where possible, submit a zip folder if there are multiple items under the same category. Please avoid uploading scanned documents. Please label your attachments clearly.
There are four categories of requirement attachments:
Please provide details and an explanation of any materials submitted that you consider to be confidential and/or commercially sensitive as we may need to discuss these documents with you in connection with the prospect of public consultation.
We have provided a checklist to help you check your evidence submission.
Name: Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
20 Great Smith Street,
We currently collect and process the following information:
All of the personal information we process is provided to us directly by you through the online application form for one of the following reasons:
Under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR), the lawful bases we rely on for processing this information are:
We use the information that you have given us in order to:
We may share this information with the Department for Education, Ofqual, and the Office for Students for the purpose of evaluation of the programme and/or evaluation of the submitted qualifications. They may wish to contact you during the approvals process. Each of these public bodies has a broad statutory power to disclose information to and receive information from the other where this relates to its functions. We will ensure that any personal data disclosed is kept safe and in line with these functions.
Your information is securely stored on internal Institute file storage and information management systems.
We keep the name, email address and telephone number information for the applicant’s primary contact for seven years [from the date of application?]. We will then dispose of your information by securely deleting all electronic copies of the data.
Under data protection law, you have rights including:
Your right of access - You have the right to ask us for copies of your personal information.
Your right to rectification - You have the right to ask us to rectify information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask us to complete information you think is incomplete.
Your right to erasure - You have the right to ask us to erase your personal information in certain circumstances.
Your right to restriction of processing - You have the right to ask us to restrict the processing of your information in certain circumstances.
Your right to object to processing - You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data in certain circumstances.
Your right to data portability - You have the right to ask that we transfer the information you gave us to another organisation, or to you, in certain circumstances.
You are not required to pay any charge for exercising your rights. If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to make a request.
You can also complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how we have used your data.
The ICO’s address:
Information Commissioner’s OfficeWycliffe HouseWater LaneWilmslow CheshireSK9 5AF
Helpline number: 0303 123 1113