Standard
Code

STO385

Maximum Funding

£7000

£9000 for enrolments prior to 04/03/2019

Typical
Duration

30 months

Level

5

Standard
EPA Price*

£1000

£1200 for enrolments prior to 04/03/2019

External Quality Assurance Body

Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

*Please get in touch if you would like more details of our pricing structure and to discuss where we are able to negotiate discounts or add value.

End-point Assessment Requirements

Assessment of Portfolio of Evidence

The portfolio of evidence will be produced by the apprentice over the course of the programme and submitted to the end-point assessment organisation for review. The portfolio will showcase the best pieces of work, enabling them to demonstrate how they have applied their knowledge and understanding in a real work environment to achieve real work objectives.

The completed portfolio will be assessed by the independent endpoint assessor who makes their own judgement on the quality of the work. It will comprise of a collection of evidence, which can be written; audio and video evidence, preferably in an online portfolio.

  • Evidence must demonstrate the application of knowledge, skills and behaviours within the standard.
  • Evidence can include testimonies, reviews, observations, product evidence, reports, presentations and, peer and line manager feedback.
  • The portfolio should be submitted before the competency based interview.
  • Portfolio has a 20% weighting.

Knowledge Test

The knowledge test is designed to test the apprentice’s knowledge of what they’ve learned throughout the apprenticeship. A series of different scenarios and situations are used to determine the apprentice’s knowledge across a range of topics, in relation of the knowledge requirements of the standard.

  • Scenario-based, short-answer questions.
  • Exam conditions apply.
  • Online or paper based tests available.
  • Time-limit applies (to include reading time).
  • Number of questions may vary dependent on the format of the test.
  • Test has a 30% weighting.

Structured Competency-based Interview

  • The competency based interview assesses the ability to show applied learning across a range of standard requirements.
  • Structured, timed interview led by the independent end-point assessor.
  • The interview can be conducted using a range of media (telephone interview, live media, online or written), whichever is the most appropriate for the apprentice.
  • Competency based interview has a 20% weighting.

Work-Based Project, Presentation and Q&A Session

The Work Based Project provides a substantive evidence base to demonstrate the application of the skills, knowledge and behaviours within the standard. It will be submitted to the independent assessor, who will ensure that it demonstrates competence. The apprentice will then present the project to a panel comprising the independent assessor, training provider and employer:

  • 15 minute presentation which describes the objectives and outputs of their work based project
  • Panel review and questions which will require the apprentice to draw on their experiences throughout their apprenticeship but will also focus on the findings/recommendations made within their work-based project activity.
  • Work-based project, presentation and Q&A session has a 20% weighting

Professional Discussion

The apprentice will provide evidence of any additional learning/CPD undertaken during the apprenticeship, which will include:

  • Activity undertaken during the Level 5
  • Diploma or learning activities generally
  • Details of any formal or informal learning undertaken
  • Details of any professional discussions undertaken or support provided through Professional Bodies.
  • Professional Discussion conducted with the independent end-point assessor.
  • Professional Discussion has a 10% weighting.
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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 info@professionalassessment.co.uk 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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