Maximum Funding



12 months



EPA Price*


External Quality Assurance Body

Skills for Care

*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

Functional Skills

Before an apprentice can progress to End-point Assessment, they must have achieved the relevant Functional Skills qualifications (or their equivalents). These are English, maths and (where applicable) ICT.

Level 2 apprentices are required to achieve Level 1 Functional Skills qualifications (or equivalent) and attempt Level 2 Functional Skills assessments both English and maths.

Level 3 (or Higher) apprentices are required to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications (or equivalent) in both English and maths.

Qualifications and On-programme Assessment

In order to reach end-point assessment, apprentices will need to be supported through their on-programme learning by the employer and training organisation in the following elements:

  • The Care Certificate
  • Level 3 Diploma in Care (RQF)
  • Completion of the self-assessment exercise
  • Ongoing assessment and evidence collection, including gathering appropriate testimonies
  • Achievement of English and maths at the appropriate level (Functional Skills or equivalent).

Situational Judgement Test

  • Situational judgement test based on real life scenarios
  • 60 questions, normally taken online
  • Time limit applies
  • Grades available are pass, merit and distinction
  • 40/60 is the pass mark; 50/60 a merit and 55+ a distinction
  • Undertaken either on the employer’s premises or off site under exam conditions.

Professional Discussion

  • Professional discussion undertaken with the independent assessor
  • No more than 45 minutes duration
  • Discussion covers skills, knowledge, supporting evidence and self-assessment evaluations
  • May be completed face to face or online
  • Grades available are pass, merit and distinction
  • The line manager may be, but is not required to be, present during the discussion.
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Available Resources

  • Training provider resource library
  • EPA Specification
  • Apprentice Get Ready Guide

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