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Ofqual have today (16 May) updated their information about the status of apprenticeship end-point assessments (EPAs) where Ofqual has been asked to provide external quality assurance.

Apprenticeship trailblazers can choose to approach Ofqual to provide external quality assurance for their apprenticeship EPA. If approached, Ofqual will review the apprenticeship assessment plan to ensure that it is possible for an apprentice assessment organisation to develop a valid assessment based on the plan, before agreeing to be the external quality assurance provider. The table below shows which apprenticeship EPAs Ofqual has agreed to regulate and the status of those under review.

For information about the apprentice standards that have been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and are ready for delivery, see ‘apprenticeship standards’.

Status of Ofqual quality-assured apprenticeship end-point assessments Key:
  • a tick (✓) in the ‘EQA request status’ column shows that Ofqual has agreed to provide external quality assurance for that apprenticeship end-point assessment - it does not mean that that the assessment plan has been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and is ready for delivery
  • ‘With Ofqual for review’ indicates the plan has been sent to Ofqual and we are reviewing it
  • ‘With trailblazer’ shows that we are waiting for an updated assessment plan to be submitted
  • the most recent submission date indicates when the most recent assessment plan was submitted to Ofqual or when the process was completed
  • ‘Pending TAG’ means that the submission is due to be reviewed by Ofqual’s technical advisory group on the date indicated

The status of apprenticeship end-point assessments (EPAs) where Ofqual has been asked to provide external quality assurance:

Documents

Confirmed Ofqual quality-assured apprenticeship endpoint assessments

Ref: Ofqual/18/6402/5MS Excel Spreadsheet, 13.9KB

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Status of potential Ofqual quality-assured apprenticeship endpoint assessments

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Apprenticeship trailblazers can choose to approach Ofqual to provide external quality assurance for their apprenticeship EPA. If approached, Ofqual will review the apprenticeship assessment plan to ensure that it is possible for an apprentice assessment organisation to develop a valid assessment based on the plan, before agreeing to be the external quality assurance provider.

These documents shows which apprenticeship EPAs Ofqual has agreed to regulate and the status of those under review.

For information about the apprentice standards that have been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and are ready for delivery, see ‘apprenticeship standards’.

Status of Ofqual quality-assured apprenticeship end-point assessments

Key:

  • a tick (✓) in the ‘EQA request status’ column shows that Ofqual has agreed to provide external quality assurance for that apprenticeship end-point assessment - it does not mean that that the assessment plan has been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and is ready for delivery
  • ‘With Ofqual for review’ indicates the plan has been sent to Ofqual and we are reviewing it
  • ‘With trailblazer’ shows that we are waiting for an updated assessment plan to be submitted
  • the most recent submission date indicates when the most recent assessment plan was submitted to Ofqual or when the process was completed
  • ‘Pending TAG’ means that the submission is due to be reviewed by Ofqual’s technical advisory group on the date indicated

Compliance with assessment plans

Where Ofqual has agreed to provide external quality assurance for an apprenticeship end-point assessment, then all assessments for that standard must comply with our rules for end-point assessments.

Condition EPA1.1 requires an awarding organisation to comply with any requirements, and have regard to any guidance, contained in the relevant Assessment Plan for each EPA that it makes available or proposes to make available.

Under Condition EPA3.3, an awarding organisation is also required to notify Ofqual where the Assessment Plan for one of its EPAs is reviewed or amended.

An Assessment Plan is defined in Condition EPA6.4 as the version of an apprenticeship assessment plan, published under section A2(1) of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009, which is specified in a list published by Ofqual and revised from time to time.

This list is specified in the attached document “Confirmed Ofqual quality-assured apprenticeship end-point assessments”. Please note that only the versions of apprenticeship assessment plans listed in this document will meet the definition of an Assessment Plan in Condition EPA6.4. Ofqual will review any subsequent version of a plan listed below and, where appropriate, amend the list to include that subsequent version

Published 26 June 2017 
Last updated 29 August 2018 + show all updates

  1.  Table updated for August 2018
  2.  Updated to include additional information about Ofqual-regulated EPAs.
  3.  Updated attached table.
  4.  Updated the attached table.
  5.  Table updated April 2018
  6.  Update to the status table.
  7.  Updated table.
  8.  EQA table updated.
  9.  Updated attached spreadsheet.
  10.  Update to the 'Status of Ofqual quality-assured apprenticeship endpoint assessments' table.
  11.  Updated the status document.
  12.  First published.

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