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What is End Point Assessment ?

An End Point Assessment (EPA) is a collection of assessments that offers confirmation of knowledge,
skills and behaviours (known as KSBs) for a particular role. It takes place once the apprenticeship
training has been completed, and the apprentice is ready for EPA. The EPA must be achieved before
an apprenticeship certificate can be issued.
This approach stems from the 2013 government commissioned Richard Review into apprenticeships,
which called for an end to continuous assessment in favour of an external assessment that more
accurately reflected a learner’s capabilities and readiness for a particular role.
The independent nature of the assessment is designed to ensure that skills are transferable across
different organisations and respected industry-wide.
With over 40 years experience in the health and social care sector Skills Assessment ensure that
apprentices have the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to provide quality care and develop their career pathway
Once an apprentice has completed their training for this apprenticeship, that’s when they begin End-
Point Assessment. There are two methods of End-Point Assessment for the Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care Worker Standards: the Situational Judgement Test and the Professional Discussion. Both assessment methods are designed to ensure
that the apprentice has demonstrated the required knowledge, skills and behaviours to pass the
apprenticeship and can be fairly graded either pass, merit, or distinction against their

Situational Judgement Test

The situational judgement test will present the candidate with a range of real-life scenarios about
which the learner will have to answer questions in a multiple choice format (60 questions).
The assessment will be undertaken, under controlled conditions with a time limit applied of 90
minutes. Questions will draw from the stated knowledge and skills elements of the standard..
Material may be drawn from any part of the apprenticeship standard.

Professional Discussion

A professional discussion will be undertaken with an independent assessor. The discussion
will be no more than 45 minutes duration. Candidates can only apply to undertake the
discussion component once the situational judgement test has been achieved.
The discussion will draw questions and amplifications from prior learning and experience
including the candidate’s self-assessment and supporting evidence including witness
testimonies and a sample of standardised candidate questions asked of every apprentice
candidate in the interview.
Each component of end-point assessment is graded. Apprentices will also receive a grade
for the overall end-point assessment. This will be Pass/Merit/Distinction.

What is Being Assessed?

The Adult Care Worker’s knowledge must include:
Understanding the job they have to do, their main tasks and responsibilities
The importance of having the right values and behaviours
The importance of communication
How to support individuals to remain safe from harm
How to promote health and wellbeing for the individuals they support and work colleagues
How to work professionally, including their own professional development

The Adult Care Worker’s skills must include being able to:
Undertake the main tasks and responsibilities according to their job role
Treat people with respect and dignity and honour their human rights
Communicate clearly and responsibly
Support individuals to remain safe from harm
Champion health and wellbeing for the individuals they support and for work colleagues
Work professionally and seek to develop their own professional development

The Adult Care Worker’s key behaviours are summed up by the “Six Cs”:
Care – is caring consistently and enough about individuals to make a positive difference to their lives
Compassion – is delivering care and support with kindness, consideration, dignity and respect
Courage – is doing the right thing for people and speaking up if the individual they support is at risk
Communication – good communication is central to successful caring relationships and effective
team working
Competence – is applying knowledge and skills to provide high quality care and support
Commitment – to improving the experience of people who need care and support ensuring it is
person centred


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