BCS is a registered apprenticeship assessment organisation

We’re dedicated to the IT industry and were the first to deliver the EPA process from start to finish for the new digital apprenticeship standards.

What is end-point assessment?

End-point assessment (EPA) is the process for assessing the apprenticeship standards in England. Your apprentice needs to pass their EPA to successfully complete their apprenticeship.

There’s an assessment plan for each standard which sets out the approach and the components of the EPA - for digital apprenticeship standards these include a summative portfolio, synoptic project, employer reference, and an interview.

As the employer, you need to select an independent end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) to deliver end-point assessment for your apprentices. Your EPAO will have designed and developed their own content and assessment processes to meet the requirements of the standard.

How to prepare for EPA

As your apprentice nears the end of their training, you’ll decide when they are ready to be assessed.

The EPA process 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, skills 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.

In most cases we'll offer a choice of work-based scenarios allowing you to select the most appropriate project.

Employer reference

You'll need to write a reference about your apprentice's performance in the workplace and how they've applied their knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Interview

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.

Choosing an end-point assessment organisation

Your apprentices’ end-point assessment must be carried out by an independent organisation, a body separate to your business and your training provider, to ensure consistent and reliable assessment every time.

As the employer you’ll choose which organisation you want to work with, from the register of end-point assessment organisations. Whoever you select, it’s important that they’re another trusted partner, alongside your provider, so your apprentices enjoy a positive apprenticeship experience.

Why choose BCS for your end-point assessment?

BCS is a registered end-point assessment organisation for digital apprenticeships. We focus our offer around two key areas: providing best-in-class service and helping to add value to your business and apprentices.

Best-in-class means we deliver the EPA process effectively and efficiently, and your apprentices are assessed by competent assessors who are specialists in their field. Recruited from our BCS membership community, all our assessors are industry experts trained to put your apprentices at ease and to draw the best out of them.

As the Chartered Institute for IT, a quality outcome is integral to our overarching agenda - to support the people who work in the industry, and to make IT good for society. We never underestimate the importance of end-point assessment and work hard to provide you with the added value you need for a successful apprenticeship programme.

This includes best practice webinars, and industry events and awards that bring the apprenticeship community together. We also host quarterly forums for our providers, and work with some on a strategic basis to facilitate key conversations with government and other stakeholders around digital skills and capability.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions about apprenticeship end-point assessment, our dedicated digital apprenticeship team is happy to help.