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Apprenticeship curriculum design for HEIs

December 14, 2023 @ 9:30 am 1:00 pm

Whether you’ve been on our curriculum webinar series, or are new to SDN, this Masterclass will help you hone your skills as a curriculum developer.

Developing a curriculum for apprenticeship standards is challenging. In many cases, it is less prescribed, employers have greater input into the content and sequencing, and the prior learning of the apprentice needs to be taken into account.

It’s something the ESFA and Ofsted are looking at closely too.

Over a 3.5-hour interactive online session, Chris Cherry will take you through a step-by-step example of how to deconstruct a standard and build the curriculum from the top down.

During the session, you’ll work on short activities at each stage to develop your understanding and skill and come away with a clear model you can use for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.

We also host another Masterclass in Apprenticeship Curriculum Design for apprenticeship providers who are not HEIs, which you can find here.

Here’s what we’ll cover during the session:

  • The principles of good-quality curriculum design
  • A practical step-by-step worked example:

     1. Deconstructing the standard and amplifying the KSBs

     2. Alignment of modular learning outcomes with learning objectives from the KSB’s

     3. Articulating the learning outcomes, deciding on the learning methods and building in other components

     4. Translating the Scheme of Work into an Individual Learning Plan which takes both the apprentice’s prior learning and employer requirements into account

  • Practical tips on how to adjust the curriculum and training plan “mid-flight” during the programme and monitor the progress of your apprentices

The session will be facilitated by Chris Cherry an SDN expert in apprenticeship on-programme training and end-point assessment. Chris has supported hundreds of apprenticeship organisations to develop their curriculum against the new standards and has lots of insights to share.

This masterclass is designed for anyone involved in the development of your curriculum for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.

Before the session, you’ll be sent a 1-hr webinar, giving you an overview of the curriculum planning process for apprenticeship standards.


Breaking down the KSB’s and how the curriculum forms the ILP was a key learning point. Excellent session and also enjoyed the pre-training recording.

 – Orange Moon Training

“I’ve been trawling the internet and asked FE colleagues about curriculum design and found nothing useful. This is just the ticket. Very engaging, informative and fun to listen to. I’ve learned more in the first 15 minutes than the previous 15 years.”

“Very informative and helpful”

 – Previous event attendees


December 14, 2023
9:30 am – 1:00 pm
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Strategic Development Network (SDN)
01622 962 411
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