STO594 v1.2

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12 months



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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 2 apprentices are required to achieve Level 1 English and maths.

Knowledge Test

  • The test will comprise of 20 multiple choice questions.
  • Apprentices will have 40 minutes to complete the test.
  • The test is closed book (apprentices cannot refer to reference books/materials).
  • Set and marked by the end-point assessment organisation.
  • The test is graded fail, pass or distinction.
  • Undertaken either off-site using remote assessment where appropriate, or on the employer’s premises.

Competence Scenario (Observation)

  • This assessment will be a practical observation of an activity where suitable, or via a simulated scenario where it is not due to the highly sensitive nature of the role.
  • The observation/simulation must last for 75 minutes (+/- 10% at the independent assessor’s discretion).
  • The observation/simulation will focus on a particular activity and will test behavioural, analytical, and decision-making skills in a realistic setting.
  • Simulations must succeed in recreating the atmosphere, conditions, and pressures of the real situation.
  • The independent assessor will select a scenario from a bank of scenarios generated by PAL.
  • The competence scenario has fail or pass grades. There is no distinction grade for this method of assessment.

Professional Discussion underpinned by a Portfolio of Evidence

  • The independent assessor will review the portfolio and use it to select 3 pieces of evidence which they will require the apprentice to discuss.
  • The professional discussion must last for 60 minutes (+/- 10% at the independent assessor’s discretion) and the apprentice will be asked a minimum of 10 questions.
  • The portfolio of evidence must be present during the discussion and apprentices will be expected to draw on its contents.
  • The professional discussion as fail, pass and distinction grades.
  • Webinar or video conferencing software can be used for this method of assessment.

Available Resources

Previous Version of the Assessment Plan

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.

View the EPA Process Here:

EPA Process