End Point Assessment

In designing your apprenticeship course it is imperative that you are fully conversant with the requirements of the Apprenticeship End Point Assessment. 

Find yours at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education Web Page for Standards.

Each Standard shows the “Assessment Plan” on the right of the web page as a separate downloadable document.  This is a critical design driver.

The SHU Apprenticeship Delivery Guide includes a section which explains that there are two broad types of End Point Assessment and includes an overview of the delivery implications. 

This Screencast promotes the University’s sector recognised approach to designing high quality Degree Apprenticeships and also building in the End Point Assessment model. These principles of Apprenticeship Work Based Learning need to underpin your design approach.  Please contact Sam Moorwood, Head of Work Based Learning and Linda Hall, Senior Quality Officer in AQS for support in taking your proposal forward to the Apprenticeship and Work Based Learning Framework Standing Panel for approval of the award as an Apprenticeship.

Integrated End Point Assessment

  • In these cases it is normal that the University delivers the End Point Assessment as part of the credit bearing award. 
  • Crucially – you need to check and ensure the department is planning to deliver the EPA requirements using a credit bearing module that matches the requirements of the IFATE Apprenticeship Assessment Plan.
  • At the point of course approval we need to apply to be on the  Register of End Point Assessment Organisations
  • The outcome of EPA will determine the award of the Apprenticeship Certificate – according to any grading criteria set out in the Assessment Plan.
  • The module itself would typically count towards the calculation of the SHU award, which might therefore be a different outcome from the overall Apprenticeship
  • This method of assessment typically involves an independent assessor (and there may also be a role for the employer) – check the requirements. SHU has developed an Independent Assessor Job description and Independent Assessor worked hours example.  There are also some adaptable slides for Independent Assessor Training, which need building up with the details from Assessment Plan.
  • To deliver these Apprenticeships you should get support from AQS and BESE to ensure you complete a successful application to join the Register of End Point Assessment Organisations

Non-Integrated End Point Assessment:

  • In these Apprenticeships the End Point Assessment is delivered by an independent third party EPA Organisation who must be on the Register of End Point Assessment Organisations
  • Contact BESE (Karen Grocutt – Contracts and Compliance) for advice on how the employer selects the preferred EPA organisation and then SHU procures their services.
  • In these cases the Outcome of the EPA is unlikely to have a direct impact on the credit bearing award from SHU, though the integration of LTA in preparation is crucial to success
  • SHU is expected to know the EPA organisation and contact with them from the outset – this also enables the EPA Organisation to develop  a supportive relationship with SHU and the learners (although the EPA Organisation will not be involved in any delivery)

Good practice:  There are plenty of useful case studies and discussion pieces in the NCEDA section.