Business Administrator End Point Assessment
1st for EPA offers End Point Assessment for the level 3 Business Administrator apprenticeship standard. With our detailed guidance and friendly team, we offer support to give apprentices all the tools they need to succeed in EPA. Register your interest
What does EPA involve for Business Admin?
The end point assessment, or EPA, for the Business Admin standard is made up of three components:
- Knowledge test
- Portfolio-based interview
- Project presentation
EPA 1: Knowledge test
The knowledge test contains 50 multiple-choice questions and is carried out online. Apprentices will have 60 minutes to complete the test.
The questions will be randomly selected from 1st for EPA’s question bank.
Apprentices will usually need to pass the knowledge test before they can progress to the next element of EPA.
EPA 2: Portfolio-based interview
This interview is based on the portfolio of learning that the apprentice creates while on programme. This portfolio should evidence each of the knowledge, skills and behaviours shown in the assessment plan.
The interview itself will be carried out by video call and will last 30-45 minutes.
EPA 3: Project presentation
The apprentice will deliver a presentation on a project they completed or a process they improved.
The project presentation should last 10-15 minutes, with a further 10-15 minutes given for a Q&A session.
The project or process improvement will be done while the apprentice is on programme, from month 9 of their apprenticeship, and should be completed prior to gateway.
The project should be submitted to 1st for EPA and the apprentice will then be given a question to answer in the presentation. For example:
- How have you improved a process or operating practice?
- What were the steps you took to implement the project?
- What worked well and how would you improve the results in future?
The EPA elements for Business Administrator are equally weighted. Full guidance will be provided by 1st for EPA.
Remote EPA for Business Admin
1st for EPA carry out assessment for the Business Administrator standard remotely. The knowledge test is carried out online. The portfolio interview and project presentation are both carried out by video call. These will be recorded for quality assurance.
Our remote EPA model allows us to offer flexibility, working with apprentices throughout England.
Timescales for Business Admin EPA
The EPA for the Business Administrator standard should usually take no more than 3 months to complete.
Business Administrator Assessment Plan
To see the Business Administrator apprenticeship details, visit the Institute for Apprenticeships website here (link opens in a new window):
- Apprentice Toolkit: full guidance on what to expect and how to prepare for EPA
- Employer overview showing what EPA involves
- Mock knowledge test
- Portfolio Mapping
- Blog with regular advice articles
- Regular feedback for training providers to share areas for improvement, which can feed into your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).
We also run a training provider on-boarding session to run through the EPA process, timescales and best practice for Business Administrator EPA.
How does EPA work?
The apprentice’s employer chooses an end point assessment organisation (EPAO), often with the help of their training provider.
The training provider registers the apprentice with the EPAO, giving an expected date for EPA.
The apprentice completes Gateway and schedules their EPA.
1st for EPA provides full support and guidance to help the apprentice prepare for EPA.
EPA is carried out with a qualified assessor.
1st for EPA carries out quality checks, then notifies the apprentice of their results and claims their completion certificate from the ESFA.
What does EPA cost for Business Admin?
Our EPA for the Business Administrator apprenticeship standard is £600.
If a re-sit is needed, this is charged at:
Knowledge test £60
Portfolio Interview £250
Project Presentation £250
If a re-take is needed, this is charged at the full fee of £600.
How we make EPA easy
Here’s why employers and training providers choose 1st for EPA as their end point assessment organisation (EPAO):
Support and guidance
Full guidance and support is given to apprentices – We’ve created resources that prepare apprentices for EPA so they know what to expect and are ready for their final assessment
Resource bank with guidance notes to support apprentices through end point assessment
All our assessors are experts in the subject they assess. They understand the demands of the apprenticeship and the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to be successful
Friendly team to answer all your questions
We carry out end point assessment remotely wherever the Assessment Plan allows, meaning we work across the UK and can be flexible
We use ACE360
to manage and schedule EPA