This method of assessment has two components – the case study report, and the presentation with questioning.
- Before the apprentice begins to write up their case study, the title and scope (of no more than 500 words) must be agreed by PAL to ensure that it is suitable and sufficient to cover the required knowledge, skills, and behaviours for this method of assessment.
- The apprentice will conduct a series of observations of a child or group of children over a period of typically 6 weeks and produce the case study report.
- The case study will be 4,000 (+/- 10%) excluding references and annexes.
- The case study starts after the apprentice has gone through Gateway and the apprentice will have 12 weeks in which to write and submit to PAL.
The apprentice will present their case study to the independent assessor to allow them to provide more clarity around the report, and the subsequent questioning allows the independent assessor to probe and clarify issues.
- The apprentice must prepare the presentation materials to be submitted at the same time as the case study, and these can be either a hard copy or an electronic slide deck.
- The presentation and questioning must last for 40 minutes, split into typically 20 minutes for the presentation and 20 minutes for the questioning (+10% at the independent assessor’s discretion).
- The case study with report, presentation and questioning has fail, pass and distinction grades.