New apprenticeships Mammography Associate
We offer a full range of assessment services to support the diverse requirements of apprenticeships standards.
You can use Pearson as your end-point assessment organisation regardless of whether you choose to use our on-programme offer or not.
Our end-point assessment service
As an ESFA-approved Assessment Organisation we provide a full range of assessment services to support the end-point assessment requirements for this apprenticeship standard.
There are two components that make up end-point assessment for the Mammography Associate apprenticeship. Assessment will consist of:
- Examination paper
- Clinical practice observation and discussion
Each component of end-point assessment is graded. Apprentices will also receive a grade for the overall end-point assessment. This will be Fail/Pass/Distinction
The examination will assess the knowledge and understanding for Mammography Associates. The exam will consist of 60 questions and must be passed prior to taking the clinical practice observation and discussion,each question must present the apprentice with 4 options from which the apprentice must select one option.The exam paper must include 5 diagram based questions.
Each question answered correctly must be assigned 1 mark, any incorrect or missing answers must be assigned 0 marks. Apprentices must have 1 hour to complete the exam paper.The exam paper must be closed book i.e. the apprentice cannot refer to reference books or materials.
The examination will assess knowledge of:
- Clinical Mammography
- Mammography Science
- Quality Assurance
Apprentices must have passed the exam paper to progress to the observation of clinical practice and discussion. Passing the exam paper will indicate the apprentice has the necessary underpinning knowledge for clinical practice.
This component is graded Fail/Pass/Distinction
Observation of Clinical Practice and Discussion
The observation and discussion will take place in the apprentice’s workplace under normal conditions. It must last for three hours (plus or minus 10%) at the discretion of the assessor and to provide scope for an apprentice to demonstrate their full abilities.
The requirements of the observation of clinical practice and discussion are as follows:
- The apprentice will be observed* providing mammography to a succession of individuals.
- The required knowledge, skills and behaviours will be observed by the independent assessor.
- The focus of the discussion will be to ensure that the apprentice has the opportunity to explain knowledge, skills and behaviours that did not occur naturally during the observation
- The answers to questions during discussions will also be documented by the independent assessor.
*The observation will be terminated if at any time during the assessment the assessor observes unsafe practice. In these circumstances, the apprentice will be graded as a fail.