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End Point Assessment for the Level 7 Systems Thinking Practitioner Apprenticeship

The Level 7 Systems Thinking Practitioner Apprenticeship is a new standard intended to support decision-makers in strategic and leadership roles to understand and address complex and sometimes even ‘wicked’ problems through provision of expert systemic analysis, advice and facilitation.

Advance HE has been on the Department for Education’s register of End-point Assessment Organisations since January 2019, and Ofqual recognised since December 2021. In that time, we have carried out over 500 EPAs, catering for apprentices from over 20 different employers.

We are now an Ofqual registered End Point Assessment Organisation for the Level 7 Systems Thinking Practitioner Apprenticeship (L7 STP) and will be applying our quality assured processes and expert-led assessment to this new apprenticeship.

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How we assess

The EPA for the L7 STP comprises two assessment elements – a Work-based Project report with an accompanying presentation, and a Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence. All assessments and any resits must take place within a 9-month EPA period.

All elements of the EPA are assessed online, via our Smart EPA (SEPA) portal, and each apprentice will have the same dedicated 1st and 2nd markers for their entire EPA.

The 1st marker carries out the face-to-face elements of the EPA with the apprentice, whereas the 2nd marker blind marks the EPA. The 1st and 2nd marker come to an agreement on grades before these are issued to the apprentice.

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Our approach to EPA is that we are:


At the point that an apprentice is ready to take their EPA


We engage regularly with all stakeholders and use your feedback to develop our service


Employers, Training Providers and Apprentices are all provided access to an online community for those undertaking the apprenticeship

Flexible and virtual

We administer our assessments online to provide as much flexibility as possible for the apprentice

High quality

Our external quality assurance recognition with Ofqual demonstrates our robust and effective service

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