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Our Targeted Quality and Standards Service offers providers in England* a bespoke, external assessment relating to a specific quality and standards matter – identifying priorities and providing a tailored action plan.


This service will:

  • Give you a fresh, objective perspective through a detailed and skilled analysis to help you identify strengths and priority areas of focus
  • Provide a bespoke report that identifies quick wins and longer-term strategies to tackle the biggest challenges you face – with clear recommendations and next steps
  • Future-proof your strategies through access to our QAA experts who will be a supportive sounding board, share latest sector insights and help turn your quality vision into reality
Watch the video to discover the benefits of the Targeted Quality and Standards Service

To find out more or register your interest, please email us at – we’ll be happy to help.

Why use the Targeted Quality and Standards Service?

This flexible and agile service is collaboratively designed with you to meet your precise needs. Whether you choose to focus on a single programme area or take a broader focus, as your expert partner we are here to support you at every step.

You'll have access to our team who have extensive experience of a range of different types of quality and standards assessments in England, including regulatory reference points and other key sector reference points. Benefit from their independent, robust and skilled analysis of your areas of focus, including identifying strengths, weaknesses and opportunities.

Plus choose the format that best suits you to receive your clear recommendations and next steps – options available include workshops, on or offsite meetings and a comprehensive written report. 

Our modular approach

The Targeted Quality and Standards Service consists of up to three modules. The flexible nature of this service means that we will work with you to determine which modules you would most benefit from.

Diagnostic Analysis

During this stage, our experienced quality experts undertake a focused scoping exercise to understand and identify your individual requirements.

  • Thorough diagnostic analysis of key areas of concern, risk, enhancement and potential improvement.   
  • Detailed recommendations and next steps.  

Development Plan Support

This stage involves the development of a bespoke action plan, addressing the opportunities highlighted by the Diagnostic Analysis.

  • Support to design and implement a development plan in response to the Diagnostic Analysis.
  • Specialist advice and guidance on specific reference points.
  • Guidance and signposting of suitable resources to achieve the development plan.

Post-Implementation Review

This module offers support to review progress against the development plan and to identify any further adjustments.

  • Written report identifying completed areas, levels of success and where work is still outstanding.
  • Options to further develop the plan, if required.

Contact us

To find out more about what’s included or to register your interest, contact our dedicated QAA team who will be happy to help.

*This service is designed for providers who are, or intend to become, a higher education provider registered in England. QAA cannot provide this service for providers based in the other nations of the UK, as this would conflict with QAA’s existing role to provide formal assessments in those nations.