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18 months (not including EPA period)



EPA Price*


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*This price represents our maximum charge for the standard EPA (excluding reassessment). Please get in touch to discuss potential discounts and added value.

End-Point Assessment Requirements

English and maths

Before an apprentice can progress to End-point Assessment, they must have achieved the relevant level of English and maths, as per the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.

Level 3 apprentices are required to achieve Level 2 English and maths.

Knowledge Test

  • 75 minute, on-demand test
  • 50 multiple-choice questions
  • Closed book test (apprentices cannot refer to reference books/materials)
  • Set and marked by the end-point assessment organisation
  • Undertaken either off-site, using remote assessment where appropriate, or on the employer’s premises in a suitably controlled environment
  • 30 out of 50 must be achieved to gain a pass
  • 40 or above must be achieved to gain a distinction.

Observation with Questions

  • 3.5 hour observation of the apprentice carrying out their normal duties in the workplace
  • A minimum of 8 questions will be asked during the assessment in relation to knowledge and/or skills and behaviours where an opportunity to observe them has not occurred, or to seek clarification and further coverage
  • Prior to the assessment, apprentices must be provided with information on the format of the observation with questions, including the timescales they will be required to work to.

Professional Discussion underpinned by a Portfolio of Evidence

  • The portfolio is completed during the on-programme period of the apprenticeship and must be submitted at the gateway
  • The portfolio must contain evidence of the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) that will be assessed by the professional discussion
  • Evidence should be qualitative and each piece of evidence is likely to demonstrate more than one KSB
  • Examples of evidence include workplace documentation/records, a log of complex preparation, cooking and finishing techniques, witness statements, annotated photographs and video clips
  • The portfolio will not be directly assessed
  • The independent assessor will review the portfolio and use it to identify areas for the professional discussion
  • The professional discussion must last 90 minutes (+10% at the discretion of the independent assessor)
  • Apprentices will be asked a minimum of 12 open questions
  • The portfolio of evidence must be present during the discussion and apprentices will be expected to draw on its contents.
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How to engage with PAL.

Engaging with PAL couldn’t be easier. Simply contact us at or on 0800 1601899. Our senior team will contact you to find out about your requirements in more detail and discuss how we might need to adapt our approach to meet your needs. Once you are happy that PAL is the right fit for your programme, we set up your account, share our library of resources and support you to register your apprentices. You can then rest assured that you have a dedicated team on hand to guide you through your EPA journey and provide a responsive service when your apprentices are ready to be assessed.

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EPA Process