Specification of apprenticeship standards for England (SASE)
Sets out the minimum requirements to be included in a recognised English apprenticeship framework.
Ref: DFE-00167-2017 PDF, 300KB, 21 pages
Ref: BIS/13/687 PDF, 146KB, 5 pages
Ref: BIS/15/15 PDF, 158KB
Compliance with the SASE is a statutory requirement of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning (ASCL) Act. It covers intermediate level, advanced level, and higher apprenticeship frameworks.
There are 3 publications:
- the specification sets out the minimum requirements to include in a recognised English apprenticeship framework
- the information requirement sets out the non-statutory requirements for supporting information on equality and diversity, entry conditions and progression routes to be included in an annex to a recognised English apprenticeship framework
- the guidance explains the SASE requirements for framework developers, and English issuing authorities who must consult the guidance when deciding whether a framework submission complies with the SASE
Statutory guidance sets out what schools and local authorities must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.
Published: 7 March 2013
Updated: 19 July 2017
- Updated SASE specification to reflect changes to the English and maths requirements in apprenticeships as approved by the Secretary of State.
- Amended the 'Specification of apprenticeship standards' to include British sign language as an alternative qualification to English.
- SASE specification document updated to cover the removal of the regulatory rules for the Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF) and the introduction of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).
- The main Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) document and the related guidance document have been updated. They now incorporate modifications to the specification of 'Functional Skills / GCSE / Other Alternatives'.
- Published updated versions of the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England and the related Information Requirements and Guidance.
- First published.