From May 2017 many Apprenticeship Awards will have an End-Point Assessment from an Independent Assessment Organisation, selected by the Employer from the Register held by The Skills Funding Agency.

Only successful organisations will be listed, recognising that a successful employer-led apprenticeship system must be underpinned by a high quality, flexible and responsive provider base.

We will deliver End-point Assessment within North West /Lancashire in 3 areas as follows:

ADULT CARE WORKER

LEAD ADULT CARE WORKER

HEALTHCARE WORKER

These Apprenticeships are integrated programmes of knowledge and skills acquisition, developed alongside core behaviours expected of a competent worker operating in a regulated field. The award of the apprenticeship certificate will signify a recognition of competence in a role and enable progression to higher levels of skills development.

The synoptic end point assessment will include two distinct components. Firstly, the completion of a situational judgement test answered through a multiple choice exercise (but not necessarily undertaken as an online or computer-based test) and secondly a professional discussion. To achieve final certification, learners must have completed and achieved these end point assessments in addition to the Care Certificate and the Diploma. The assessment will demonstrate that the learner can apply their knowledge, skills and behaviours in an integrated way and will satisfy the requirements for the award of an apprenticeship certificate.

Delivery of training and any qualification-based assessment up to the end point will be considered as being on programme. The end-point assessment will be the only assessment that can count towards the achievement of the apprenticeship certificate.

END POINT ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW

ASSESSMENT METHOD AREA ASSESSED ASSESSED BY GRADING WEIGHTING
Situational
judgement test
Knowledge
All knowledge elements will be assessed in this component
Skills
Undertake the main tasks and responsibilities according to their job role
Communicate clearly and responsibly
CATS Ltd
(Independent Assessment Organisation)
Pass/Merit/
Distinction
50%
Professional Discussion All knowledge and behaviours will be assessed in this component using a wide range of evidence sources including the self-assessment and testimonies from people who use services CATS Ltd (Independent
Assessment Organisation)
Pass/Merit/
Distinction
50%

Situational judgement test
The situational judgement test will present you with a range of real-life scenarios about which Candidates will have to answer questions in a multiple choice format (60 questions). The assessment will normally be undertaken online, under controlled conditions with a time limit applied. Questions will draw from the stated knowledge and skills elements of the standards and focus on the higher order competencies. Material may be drawn from any part of the apprenticeship standards.

The grading threshold will be:
Acceptable achievement (Pass)             40 correct answers
Good achievement (Merit)                     50 or more correct answers
Outstanding achievement (Distinction) 55 or more correct answers

Candidates achieving between 25 and 39 correct answers may retake the assessment on one further occasion within three months. Candidates achieving fewer than 25 correct answers will not be allowed to retake the assignment until they have completed a professional review of performance and acted on its findings.

Professional discussion
A professional discussion will be undertaken. The discussion will be of no more than 45 minutes duration. Candidates can only apply to undertake the discussion component once the multiple choice assessment has been achieved. The discussion will draw questions and amplifications from prior learning and experience including, where applicable, candidates self-assessment and supporting evidence including testimony from users of services and a sample of standardised candidate questions asked of every apprentice candidate in the interview.

The situational judgement test will take place under examination conditions. The professional discussion may take place in the workplace under controlled conditions.

End-point assessments will be carried out by our staff who are qualified IQA’s with understanding, knowledge and current relevant occupational competence within the work place of the sector. The final decision on whether candidates have passed the end-point test lies solely with the independent assessor who will grade the candidates according to the standards.

Summary of roles and responsibilities

ASSESSOR ROLE
Employer To agree a candidate’s preparedness for the interview and to participate in the professional discussion. They will not have a role in final grading of the apprenticeship.
Learning Provider To advise the employer on whether the apprentice is ready to undertake the end-point test through review of the gateway steps such as testimony from people who use services and self-assessment.
CATS Ltd (Independent Assessment Organisation) To devise and administer the end-point situational judgement test and run assessment centres for such tests and professional discussions.

End-point – Grading
Learners will be required to complete and achieve a minimum of a Pass in both of the end-point assessment components as above in addition to achieving the pre-requisite components to allow the end point to be attempted. The grade for each component will appear on the achievement certificate. The final grade is decided by the following combinations:

                                                                                                          PROFESSIONAL DISCUSSION
Situational Judgement Test PASS MERIT DISTINCTION
PASS Pass Merit Merit
MERIT Pass Merit Distinction
DISTINCTION Merit Merit Distinction

The professional discussion will carry the grade determining outcome.

All the knowledge and skills set out in the standards are of equal importance and therefore are equally weighted. That means that none of the competencies have been selected for specific inclusion in the end-point assessment. The end-point assessment can therefore draw on all competencies. The knowledge based assessments will be graded, with outcomes on a scale that includes at least one grade above satisfactory performance.

Quality Assurance – internal
Internal quality assurance will be undertaken to regularly compare judgements and grading decisions offered by our assessors for consistency through:

1.  Following Internal Quality Assurance policy and procedures.
2.  Applying the Standards and Assessment Tools.
3.  Our capacity and capability to deliver assessments, as a strategic part of our business, meeting or exceeding the levels of service required.
4.  Qualified, experienced, competent and skilled Assessors.
5.  Robust verification and quality assurance processes ensuring the end point assessment meets or exceeds the required standard.

Quality Assurance – external
External Quality Assurance will be led by an Adult Care Apprenticeship Board and conducted and managed by Skills for Care.

A separate operational group of at least six members will report to the Board and will have specific responsibility for conducting external quality assurance through Skills for Care.

RESOURCES

Specific resources, as devised by Skills for Care for End-point assessment, will be uploaded as soon as these are available.  We do however, have a bank of resources available on Moodle.