Quality Standard Accreditation

About FETN Quality Standard Accreditation:

FETN is passionate about enabling organisations to improve all aspects of their tutorial provision and the QSA is one of the most successful tools we use in that journey towards excellence.

During the QSA process organisations are guided in a friendly and supportive manner. We work collaboratively to help evaluate the quality of your tutorial provision and explore strategies for improvement.

The QSA Suite comprises three separate Quality Standard Accreditations: 

QSA 1: Supporting Individual Progress and Development

QSA 2: Providing Pastoral Support and Wellbeing

QSA 3: Supporting Personal, Social and Wider Skills Development

Each Quality Standard leads you to consider three aspects of provision:

  1. Practice and Engagement
  2. Management and Co-ordination
  3. Continuous Quality Improvement

You can choose to undertake one or more QSA(s) depending on the area(s) of provision you would like accredited. Download details of each QSA and the Application Process here

More than Just a quality mark:

The QSA process is a journey towards excellence. Your QSA Consultant will be on-hand to guide you every step of the way, acting as your critical friend. They will provide expertise and guidance on working towards accreditation and advice on how to use the process for your annual self-assessment, preparation for inspection and quality improvement plan.

In recognition of your organisation’s achievement you will receive a certificate and licence to display the relevant QSA logo on your materials, website and other social media for the period of accreditation.


The Quality Standard Accreditation process has been a real journey for us. The process of reviewing what we do gave us a perfect opportunity to highlight any areas for improvement and change. Our mindset has completely shifted and we now regularly review all aspects of our tutorial provision to ensure that what we are doing is meaningful, purposeful and has the most impact on our young people.  Learning walks and programme reviews are now welcomed and we continue to work towards providing the best possible service for our students.City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College

The process for accreditation has been enlightening and enabled me to get a clearer picture of what practices are being done successfully and areas for improvement. My QSA Consultant’s knowledge and expertise has guided me through the process and I feel confident that I will be well prepared for our next OFSTED visitBarnet & Southgate College

The whole process has been seamless thanks to the clarity of the documents, the QSA process and the professional support of our QSA consultant. Working towards accreditation has been a worthwhile exercise as we were able to review our provision to offer a pastoral framework fit for purpose Oaklands College

“It has been really interesting undertaking the QSA process.  It has allowed us to see as an organisation where our strengths and areas for improvement are and it has allowed us to consider our model of tutorial provision. I would recommend that all colleges go through this process to achieve Quality Standard Accreditation for tutorial provision” Reaseheath College

The Doncaster College Team speaking at the FETN Annual conference about their QSA Journey

Each QSA Accreditation is valid for three years. The package includes individual support from your QSA Consultant, helpful documents and guidance for your chosen QSA and feedback to enhance the quality of your provision.

The price for each QSA is £850 for members or £975 for non-members. A 10% discount is available when registering for 2 or 3 QSA’s together.

Are you ready to register for Quality Standard Accreditation?

You may feel that your tutorial provision is the best that it can be and you would like to celebrate this through accreditation. Alternatively, you may feel that there is still work to be done and you would like a framework to support tutorial improvement. Whatever your situation we are very happy to discuss your needs informally and without obligation.

If you know which QSA(s) you would like to achieve please complete the QSA Registration Form and send to info@fetn.org.uk

To make an informal enquiry please complete the form below and we will contact you shortly after.