An Ofsted Outstanding Provider

The apprenticeship provision at the University of Huddersfield has been graded as OUTSTANDING. This is the highest possible grade that Ofsted can award.  

The outcome of the inspection is as follows:

  • Quality of education:  OUTSTANDING
  • Behaviour and attitudes: OUTSTANDING
  • Personal development: OUTSTANDING
  • Leadership and management: OUTSTANDING
  • Safeguarding (can only be deemed ‘effective’ or ‘ineffective’):  EFFECTIVE

The Inspectors met with numerous colleagues who provided evidence to demonstrate our strong safeguarding culture, our robust student services offering, and our supportive leadership and management.  

Here are comments made by the Inspectors in the report:

Noteworthy comments on apprentices’ experiences:

“Apprentices thrive on their programmes due to the consistently strong quality of education throughout the provision.  They rapidly develop substantial new knowledge, skills and behaviours which they use to benefit their workplaces.”

“Apprentices benefit from a well-rounded curriculum which is carefully planned to provide broad learning experiences.  They demonstrate a professional approach to their work and strive to meet the high standards set by their employers and the teaching staff.”

“A comprehensive well-being service supports apprentices with a range of personal concerns, underpinned by a strong culture of safeguarding.  Teaching staff are mindful of apprentices’ workload, enabling them to maintain a positive balance between study, work, and life.”

Noteworthy comments on teaching staff :


“Teaching staff ensure that the curriculum is consistently inclusive and provide tailored interventions to meet apprentices’ specific needs. They work seamlessly with the university’s disability support team to implement individual support plans.”

“Across all programmes, teaching staff use a range of highly effective teaching strategies to help apprentices embed new knowledge and skills.”

“Highly expert teaching staff keep their subject knowledge up to date, integrating their own research at the leading edge of their sector into their practice.”

Noteworthy comments on leaders and managers:


“Leaders and managers develop strong and sustained relationships with employers.  They work collaboratively with them to understand the needs of their sector and to adapt and modify the design of the curriculum."

“Leaders value the role that their apprenticeship programmes play in providing opportunities for people from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds to access higher education opportunities and in retaining talent in the local region.”

Find an apprenticeship

We offer a number of outstanding apprenticeships. 

Our awards

We are an award winning and a 'truly inspiring and innovative' University. Read more about the awards we are proud to have won.