Degree Apprenticeships

Newcastle University and End Point Assessment – Information for Employers

Introduction

All apprenticeship standards involve an end point assessment which determines whether the candidate has passed the apprenticeship. The format of the end point assessment and the components which make it up are described in the relevant End Point Assessment Plan, as approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships.

The relevant Apprenticeship Standard will set out whether the end point assessment is either:

  • Integrated, in which case the University can administer the end point assessment (EPA) and offer training. However, the EPA cannot be delivered by staff who have been involved in delivering the apprenticeship training.
  • Independent, in which case the EPA is delivered by an independent registered Apprenticeship Assessment Organisation selected by the employer.
What Newcastle University offers

Newcastle University may in future offer both integrated EPA and independent EPA. In the latter case it would have no involvement in the training of those apprentices.

The current list of standards where the University offers EPA is:

ST0153                  Power Engineer Integrated Degree Apprenticeship         Level 7

How the University quality assures End Point Assessment

The University has a policy on the quality assurance of EPA which covers the following principal areas:

  • Ensuring that assessors are appropriately qualified, trained and briefed.
  • Ensuring that there are proper protocols in place to ensure that assessment is fair and reliable between assessors and that there are proper procedures for standardisation and moderation.
  • Ensuring that there is a review after the event as a basis for future enhancement, including a review of the outcomes.
  • Ensuring that appropriate adjustments are made for apprentices with specific learning difficulties or disabilities.
  • Ensuring that any conflicts of interest are identified and dealt with appropriately.
  • Recording of discussions, interviews or presentations.
  • Access to the University’s complaints and appeals process.
Queries

Any questions should be raised with Simon.Pallett@ncl.ac.uk, as the academic lead for apprenticeships.