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Completing Your Apprenticeship


Once you’ve completed your on-programme training you will go through Gateway. This is where we agree with you and your line manager that you have acquired the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the Apprenticeship standard and are ready to undertake end point assessment.

End Point Assessment (EPA)

EPA is the process at the end of your programme for you to demonstrate to a third-party assessor that you have acquired knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSB’s) throughout your training set out in the Apprenticeship standard.

The EPA will be carried out by an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO). The EPAO is an impartial organisation which takes responsibility for the final assessment of the apprentice against the requirements of their apprenticeship.

Your Assessment

During EPA, you will complete the following:

A project involves you completing a significant and defined piece of work that has a real business application and benefit. The project must meet the needs of your organisation and be relevant to your occupation and apprenticeship.

This assessment method has 2 components:

  • project with a project output, interpreting the brief with 10 images in a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 genres. Each photograph must have annotations describing composition, equipment, camera settings and lighting used. Each photograph’s annotations would typically be 150 words. The photographic project’s annotations have a total word count of 1500 words. A tolerance of 15% above or below the word count is allowed at the apprentice’s discretion. The photographic project must map, in an appendix, how it evidences the KSBs mapped to this assessment method.

  • presentation with questions and answers lasting 15 minutes. Images, tables, sketches and graphs can be used to support the presentation.

Together, these components give you the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method. They are assessed by an independent assessor.

A 60-minute structured discussion with an independent assessor. A Portfolio of Evidence is used to inform 10 questions during the interview to authenticate and bring to life your knowledge, skills and behaviours as required during questioning by the independent assessor.

Resources for End Point Assessment

Further files are available in OneFile in the Resources section under Photographic Assistant / EPA docs. 

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