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18 months (this does not include 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 (or Higher) apprentices are required to achieve Level 2 English and maths.

Observation of Practice

The apprentice will demonstrate their skills, behaviours and leadership to an organisational audience.

● The apprentice must lead the observed activity which will be agreed in advance with the EPAO and employer
● The activity must be based on a real-life improvement to the apprentice’s employer and the people who use the services
● Examples of observed activities could include:
– Service development/improvement plans. For example, presenting or reporting on frontline delivery work in supporting those who use services to improve outcomes
– A response to regulatory and legislative requirements.  For example, working with external partners, funders, stakeholders in the form of a meeting to plan for changes to service provision based on regulatory and legislative requirements arising from inspections
– Development of service provision, for example, in the form of presenting information or analysing data in relation to evidence-based practice to develop or improve the service provision
– Setting up new service provision, for example, presenting outcomes from market research in relation to an unmet need, financial viability and local strategic direction. This could include invitation to tender applications
● The observation must take 60 minutes. The post-observation question session will take 30 minutes and will follow the observation
● The apprentice will be asked a minimum of 4 questions following the observation
● Webinar or video conferencing software can be used if agreed in advance by the employer and EPAO
● The employer, apprentice and EPOA must comply with the requirements of the GDPR and all other safeguarding duties.

Professional Discussion

The professional discussion is an in-depth discussion between the apprentice and the end-point assessor.

● The professional discussion assessment time is 60 minutes
● The apprentice will be asked a minimum of 1 question from each of the following groups with follow up questions for clarity:
– Tasks and responsibilities
– Dignity and human rights
– Communication
– Safeguarding
– Health and wellbeing
– Professional development
– Leadership
● Webinar or video conferencing software can be used for the assessment.

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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