I hope you’re all now settling in to your new roles!
We’re gonna run through End-point Assessment (EPA) and what support we’ll offer throughout the apprenticeship
The apprenticeship is assessed in two ways:
You’ll work on your portfolio throughout the apprenticeship
The project is built and documented after passing through EPA Gateway
EPA Gateway can be entered 12 months from starting the apprenticeship
For your cohort, this is from 11 January 2024
When you enter EPA gateway we must submit:
You can only enter the Gateway period when these are ready
Your portfolio is not directly assessed.
It is used as the basis for the “professional discussion”, which determines 50% of your grade.
You’ll write up evidence of what you’ve been working on as you go through the apprenticeship
Your evidence relates to a set of knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the apprenticeship standard
There’s no template for documentation
Use Google Doc’s, and we can give feedback
You’ll put together a mapping document which lists the KSBs and where you feel you’ve met them in your portfolio evidence
Evidence is documentation which:
Focus on WHAT you did and HOW you did it.
WHO is important too - but your assessor will be looking to hear what you did, so always use I, me, my and avoid we, us, our.
Also consider, WHY you are making the technical decisions that you are.
Put together a narrative of what you did on the project, and use supporting evidence.
Mapping to KSBs comes after documenting, and in a separate document.
Spend 30 - 60 minutes each week working on your portfolio
From 15:00 – 18:00 each Tuesday, we’ll facilitate additional learning time
This can be online or in person at Space4
Work on your portfolio and get feedback from others
Work on side projects and learn new technologies
The aim of the project is to research and develop a software solution to meet a specification provided by a customer or other stakeholder.
The project should:
The project is submitted in the form of a 4,500 word report.
It has a set structure with sections for each part of the software development lifecycle.
The project is 9 weeks in length
Roughly, 7 weeks of coding and 2 of reporting
Appendices do not count towards the word count
The report, and the questioning will inform your grade
The project can be begun after submitting the portfolio, and only after 12 months on the apprenticeship
Employer, apprentice and training provider
Every 4 months
Check in on apprenticeship progress