End-Point Assessment (EPA) update - July 2021

Mon Jul 19 07:00:00 UTC 2021

An update on everything new within End-Point Assesments (EPA). With a range of changes happening within the Apprenticeship space, here are some key updates happening as of now.

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Dispensations

Functional Skills – in line with the current guidance, as set out in the doucment below, that details the suspension of the Level 2 attempt rule, which has been extended until 31 December 2021. Please note, for apprentices who are undertaking a Level 3 EPA, achievement of Functional Skills at Level 2 is still needed to meet the gateway requirements. 

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic document

Gateway Dates

Following a data cleansing exercise, we have noted that expected end dates inputted into ACE360 are not always accurate and can be as much as six months out of date. To ensure sufficient independent end-point assessor capacity and to provide the best level of service, please ensure that gateway dates are accurate, to reduce any delay to apprentices requiring End-Point Assessment.

ACE360 and links to Learner Management Systems

To reduce the administrative burden between updating your Learner Management System and updating apprentice records in ACE360, data can be uploaded using an approved API. Should this be something you wish to explore, please contact ACE360.

Cancellation Charges

As lockdown restrictions were eased on the 19 July 2021, we will be reintroducing the cancellation charges, as set out in our contract. Should government guidance change, the reintroduction of cancellation charges will be reviewed.

Qualification Development

In line with IFATE assessment plan revisions, Pearson are working on updated specifications and apprentice resource packs to ensure we remain current and up to date with new versions of the assessment plan. The new developments include, Operations Departmental Manager, Systems Engineer and Network Cable Installer. 

Once these developments have been completed, a further communication will be shared to detail any specifics around the key changes, to further support you and apprentices.

Finally 

We would like to thank you for your feedback and responsiveness over the last twelve months, during a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty. Without the close communication, apprentices would not have been able to undertake EPAs and be awarded the grades they have worked hard to achieve. 

As always, if you have any questions, queries or comments, please do contact epadelivery@pearson.com

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