What are apprenticeships?

At the University of Nottingham, we offer Degree apprenticeships at levels 6 and 7, which combine work with higher-level learning, leading to an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, in a professional qualification (Internal Only)

The Educational Excellence Support Team undertake work predominantly associated with quality assurance activities for these programmes. This support includes but is not limited to working with the Degree Apprenticeship team to support Schools in their initial and ongoing preparations for Ofsted inspection, including the drafting of Self-Assessment reports (SARs) and Quality Improvement Plans (QIPs). We also support Faculties in external Quality Assurance activities  required by the Office for Students and Institute for Apprenticeship and Technical Education as part of ongoing registration on the Apprenticeship provider and assessment register (APAR).

 Our Apprenticeships







Internal Review process

The Educational Excellence Support team facilitates annual internally focussed quality assurance reviews for each programme.  The reviews are a formative component of the overall quality assurance strategy and are focussed on the continuing development of apprentices’ learning experiences. 

The process mirrors the Education Inspection Framwork (EIF) and aims to highlight areas for development and improvement and articulate the strengths of the programme. For further details on this process please contact us.



Institutional Annual Self-Assessment process (SAR)

As a provider of apprenticeship education, UoN must comply with the requirements outlined by the Department of EducationThis includes annual performance reporting in the form of a Self-Assessment Report (SAR). The Educational Excellence Support Team co-ordinates the completion of the SAR, in collaboration with the Senior Management Team, incorporating Programme Level SARs.

SARs are used as a development tool detailing a range of performance data in the areas of, overall effectiveness, leadership and management, quality of education, personal development and behaviours and attitudes. Please contact us for further details on this process. 



Institutional Quality Improvement Plan (QIP)

The Institutional Quality Improvement Plan (QIP), incorporating Programme specific QIPs, helps identify key areas for improvement to further enhance the quality of education and maximise the apprentice’s opportunity to achieve. The areas reported against mirror those within the Education Inspection Framework (EIF): Quality of Education; Behaviour and Attitudes; Personal Development; Leadership and Management. For further details on this process please us. 



End Point Assessment

The purpose of the end point assessment (EPA) within an apprenticeship degree is to test that an apprentice is fully capable of doing their job before they receive their apprenticeship certificate. It also helps to demonstrate that what an apprentice has learned can be applied in the real world.

The EPA is subject to additional external quality assurance (EQA) processes that are designed to ensure that delivery is independent and consistent in quality and approach and in accordance with the national standards set within the Apprenticeship Standards.

The University’s Quality Manual, provides detailed information about Apprenticeship Integrated EPA and the UoN’s associated policies and the Educational Excellence Support team supports Faculties in discharging their additional quality assurance and reporting responsibilities as prescribed by the Office for Students (Ofs) and IfATE. For further details on this process please contact us. 





Logo with letter i in circle

If you have any problems or queries relating to this page, please email: