BCS is a Registered Apprenticeship Assessment Organisation

We're dedicated to the digital IT industries and the very first to deliver the EPA process from start to finish for the new digital IT apprenticeship standards.

What is involved in end-point assessment?

As your apprentice nears the end of their training, you’ll decide along with their employer, when they are ready to be assessed - this is known as the Gateway. An apprentice cannot complete their apprenticeship without passing an end-point assessment.

The EPA allows your apprentice to show what they’ve learnt, how they understand their role and the knowledge they’ve picked up so far. It's made up of the following elements:

Summative portfolio

Your apprentice will create a portfolio throughout the programme which includes evidence of their best work and demonstrates their knowledge, competence and behaviours in the real working environment.

Synoptic project

Your apprentice is required to complete a business related project over 3-5 days, away from their normal place of work and in a controlled environment.

We'll offer a choice of work based scenarios allowing your apprentice to select their preferred project.

Employer reference

The employer writes a reference about the apprentice's performance in the workplace and how they've applied their knowledge, competencies and behaviours in the projects they've been given.


Following our review of your apprentice's portfolio, project and employer reference, we'll arrange a final interview with your apprentice. We'll be looking for further evidence to establish their final grade - pass, merit or distinction.

The interview usually lasts between one to two hours.


Apprentices can achieve a grade of either pass, merit or distinction.

Registering an apprentice

You must be a BCS accredited training provider to register an apprentice for our EPA. Once registered, your apprentice has access to our EPA preparation tools, including:

  • training and development plan
  • weekly diary
  • EPA readiness checklist

Get in touch

If you have an apprentice who's ready to be assessed, or you want to know more about our EPA, email us at apprenticeships@bcs.uk

Want to know more about our full EPA process?

Download our EPA guide