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End-Point Assessment (EPA)

of the Level 7 Academic Professional Apprenticeship

The Level 7 Academic Professional Apprenticeship standard (L7 APA) has been created to develop early career academics from their entry point into employment in higher education to full professional competence, following either a teaching or research specialist route.

The apprenticeship standard is aligned to both the UK Professional Standards Framework and the Research Development Framework, and typically lasts between 18 and 24 months. The final three months of the L7 APA must comprise of End-Point Assesment (EPA), which is what ultimately determines an apprentice’s professional competence.

EPA is undertaken by an independent end point assessment organisation (EPAO). Advance HE is an EPAO for the L7 APA and the leading supplier to the sector already working with a growing number of institutions. We have been on the Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations (RoEPAO) since January 2019.

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What is End-Point Assessment?

EPA consists of three elements:

  • 7,500 word written submission
  • one hour academic professional practice assessment (teaching or research practice)
  • one hour professional conversation.

Each assessment element has its own set of competency outcomes aligned to core and specialist knowledge, skills, values and behaviours.

Our approach to End-Point Assessment

Connected

Apprentices and employer partners will be provided access to an online community for Academic Professionals, Advance HE Connect.

Flexible and virtual

EPA will be administered virtually, using a sector-leading bespoke apprenticeship online platform.

Personal and developmental

Throughout their journey, each apprentice will be assessed by an Advance HE-trained assessor; all of whom are leading HE learning and teaching specialists.

Professional, expert-driven and sector-led

Development of the service was guided by a Reference Group of Higher Education teaching and learning, researcher development and apprenticeship experts.

Advance HE Connect

Advance HE Connect is our online platform exclusively to share, connect and collaborate with your HE peers around the globe. It was developed following a consultation of higher education sector colleagues representing 96 institutions in 14 countries, and now connects over 16,000 users from 100 countries around the world. To find out more about our approach and how we use the platform in EPA download the information sheet below.

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