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24 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.

Project with Presentation, Practical Demonstration and Questioning

This assessment method has 3 components. The apprentice will research, design and launch a product line or menu, from concept to presentation of dishes, appropriate to the business:

● A project brief will be supplied to the apprentice by the end-point assessment organisation within 5 days of the Gateway meeting The employer will provide the EPAO with an Employer Overview at the Gateway which will provide a summary of the employer’s business context to enable the EPAO to select a suitable project for the apprentice
● The project requires the apprentice to research, design and launch a product line or menu which meets the needs of the business, is relevant to their role
● The apprentice has a maximum of 8 weeks from receiving the brief to conduct and submit their project to the EPAO
● The project has a maximum word limit of 5,000 (excluding product evidence and appendices). A tolerance of +/- 10% is allowed
● The project must allow for the inclusion of 9 identified dishes for development.

● The apprentice will deliver a presentation of their project outcomes to the end-point assessor
● The presentation will typically take 15 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of questions from the end-point assessor
● The presentation can be delivered in any format, for example, slides, mood board, sample menus, product descriptions, photos

● The practical assessment will require the apprentice to produce 4 complete dishes from the 9 identified in their project
● The total time for the practical assessment is 3 hours +10% at the discretion of the end-point assessor
● The apprentice will be asked a minimum of 8 questions by the end-point assessor within the practical assessment time.

Professional Discussion Underpinned by a Portfolio of Evidence

The professional discussion focusses on knowledge, skills and behaviours such as teamwork, diversity, communication, finance, legislation, processes, problem-solving, development needs, brand values, marketing, business culture and personal development and achievements.
● The underpinning portfolio of evidence is completed during the on-programme period of the apprenticeship and must be submitted to the EPAO at the gateway
● The portfolio must contain evidence related and mapped to the knowledge, skills and behaviours that will be assessed by the professional discussion
● The portfolio will typically contain 20 pieces of evidence and could contain annotated workplace documents, witness testimonies, annotated photographs, and video clips. It should not contain any methods of self-assessment/self-reflection by the apprentice

● The end-point assessor will review the portfolio of evidence and use it to identify areas for the discussion – it is not directly assessed
● The professional discussion assessment time is 60 minutes + 10% at the discretion of the end-point assessor
● The apprentice will be asked a minimum of 8 open questions plus follow up questions to draw out further evidence
● The portfolio must be available to the apprentice, in order that the apprentice can refer or draw on its contents to support the discussion
● 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