Awarding bodies are asked to submit their Higher Technical Qualifications for approval via the online application form. The key task will be to evidence that qualifications meet the three core 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 awarding bodies to agree the Institute’s terms and conditions of approval and note the Institute’s approach to data security. The Institute’s privacy statement is included below.
The purpose of this section is to capture contact details and ensure that awarding bodies meet the relevant regulatory requirements of either Ofqual or Office for Students.
This section of the form requires basic information about the qualification including title and level.
This section requires the awarding body to identify the respective digital occupational standards the qualification aligns to.
This section requires the awarding body to demonstrate that as many of the knowledge, skill and behaviour statements are covered as can reasonably be expected.
This section requires the awarding body to justify the inclusion of any additional occupationally relevant content.
Awarding bodies 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.
Rationale setting out:
The employers that have been consulted to ensure that the assessment meets employer expectations.
Awarding bodies must demonstrate that they have worked with employers in the development and delivery of the submitted qualification and they have employer support and validation.
Evidence required may include:
In this section, evidence should be provided that the qualification has employer support and validation. Awarding bodies should demonstrate how they have worked with a range of employers that recruit into the aligned occupation in the development and delivery of the submitted qualification. This could include documents detailing the work of employer groups/panels that contributed to the development of the qualification (e.g. validation documents) or letters of support from employers.
Any letters of support should be recent (written in last 6 months), should be individual responses from a named person and should outline how a particular employer was involved in the development of the qualification and why the qualification meets industry needs. Institute may contact employers cited in the application.
Name: Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
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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 submission form for one of the following reasons:
Under the General Data Protection Regulation (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. The stated organisations may wish to contact you for the purposes of evaluation of the programme or evaluation of the submitted qualifications.
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 primary contact at the awarding body for seven years. 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 email@example.com 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 Office
Helpline number: 0303 123 1113