Software Developer End Point Assessment

Level 4

1st for EPA is an EPAO for the level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship standard.Join us for support, guidance, webinars and more.Register your interest

What does EPA involve for Software Developer?

The end point assessment, or EPA, for the Software Developer standard is made up of two components:

  1. Work-based project with questioning
  2. Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio

EPA1: Work-based project with questioning

The project should be based upon a customer or stakeholder specification requiring the apprentice to respond to either a specific problem, a recurring issue, or an idea/opportunity.

The project report should be in the form of an electronic report comprising narrative, one or more artefacts, and visual infographics as necessary. The written report should be 4,500 words, submitted a maximum of 9 weeks of gateway approval, and the apprentice will then undertake a 60-minute questioning with a 1st for EPA assessor.

EPA 2: Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio

The professional discussion is carried out by video call. It lasts 60 minutes and 1st for EPA provides guidance, including how to prepare and example questions.

Software Developer EPAO

Software Developer apprentices build and test simple, high-quality code for software. The Software Developer level 4 apprenticeship is often used as a progression route from the Software Development Technician level 3 standard.

Typical job titles for apprentices in this role include Application Developer, Mobile Application Developer, Software Developer, and Web Developer.

Software EPA

  • Remote EPA

    Remote EPA for Software Developer

    1st for EPA carry out EPA for the Software Developer apprenticeship remotely,  with the project’s questioning and the professional discussion taking place by video conferencing. Apprentices are given access to our portal, with lots of resources including a Resource Pack. This gives guidance on what to expect at EPA and how to prepare for it.

    We also offer out of hours EPA on request.

  • Timescales for EPA

    Timescales for Software Developer EPA

    The EPA for the Software Developer standard should typically be completed within 6 months. Apprentices may complete sooner if they wish – speak to us about current availability.

  • Assessment Plan for EPA

    Software Developer Assessment Plan

    To see the Software Developer occupational standard, duties, and EPA Plan, visit the Institute for Apprenticeships website here (link opens in a new window):

    See the Software Developer Level 4 Assessment Plan

  • EPA Guidance

    Software Developer EPA Guidance

    • We provide:
      • Qualification Specification
      • Apprentice Resource Pack
      • Mapping documents
      • General guidance and videos
    • We also run a training provider on-boarding session which covers the EPA process, how to schedule EPA, and best practice tips for Software Developer apprentices.

How does EPA work?

  • The training provider recommends an EPAO, often with input from the employer.

  • 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 emails the apprentice their results and claims their completion certificate from the ESFA.

What does EPA cost for Software Developer?

Software Developer EPA is £1450.

Get in touch for resit and re-take fees.

What’s the difference between a resit and a re-take?

How we make EPA easy

Here’s why employers and training providers choose 1st for EPA as their end point assessment organisation (EPAO):

  • Support icon

    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

  • EPA Guidance

    Resource bank

    Resource bank with guidance notes to support apprentices through end point assessment

  • Experienced assessors icon

    Experienced assessors

    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 icon

    Friendly team

    Friendly team to answer all your questions

  • Remote EPA

    Remote EPA

    We carry out end point assessment remotely wherever the Assessment Plan allows, meaning we work across the UK and can be flexible

  • Certificate icon

    Secure system

    To manage and schedule EPA

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