Ofqual consultation: Chartered ABS responds
Ofqual has asked for feedback on its proposed guidance on the regulation of end-point assessments. The Chartered ABS is concerned that Ofqual’s proposed guidance makes no reference to QAA as one of the potential bodies that could provide external quality assurance and about the possibility for conflicting regulations in the case of qualifications offered by higher education institutions that fall under the remit of both Ofqual and QAA regulations. We believe that there is an urgent need for a resolution to the dialogue between Ofqual and the QAA so that HEIs know exactly where they stand. We also argue that the default position for degree apprenticeships should be for integrated end point assessments.
A crucial part of all apprenticeships, including degree apprenticeships, is the end-point assessment. To make sure each end-point assessment is of the required standard, they are subject to external quality assurance. Where Ofqual acts as the external quality assurance provider for a given apprenticeship standard, it intends to regulate the end-point assessment as a qualification.