This guidance has been developed for applicants intending to submit level 4 or 5 qualifications for approval by the Institute.
This guidance will explain:
The Institute commits to:
There is a growing demand for skills at levels 4 and 5 from employers and learners. Securing the approval of your qualification will enable you to use a quality mark leading to:
The Institute groups similar occupations that can be accessed by technical education into 15 routes to skilled employment and represents them on occupational maps. For most occupations on the maps, there is an employer designed standard which sets out all the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to become fully competent. The first Higher Technical Qualifications approved aligned with digital occupations. The next routes for approval digital, construction, health & science.
If you have a qualification that aligns to an occupation that is not included in the occupational maps, we want to know. If the identified occupation meets our criteria we will work with you and relevant employers to develop a standard.
Please contact Enquiries.IFA@education.gov.uk to discuss new occupations.
We will provide applicants with the timelines for future cycles as soon as possible to give them maximum time to align their qualifications to available standards within the relevant routes.
To prepare for submission we urge you to begin aligning your qualification to the relevant standard’s KSBs and review your qualification’s content and assessment to ensure they are in the best position to be approved.
We will continue to ensure that the most up to date standards are available on our website and will keep you updated on any revisions.
Support and resources are available to support applicants in making their applications.