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Science Industry Apprentices End Point Assessment

At the end of their training, the apprentice will be expected to demonstrate that they meet the apprenticeship standard. This will be through independent end point assessment. If they meet the standard they will be deemed to be fully competent in that occupation and will receive a graded apprenticeship award.  

The assessment plan describes how mandatory end assessment will work for science industry apprentices trained to an apprenticeship standard.

Each assessment plan is approved by the skills minster following a rigorous review process. The assessment plan is for training providers, apprentices and employers who need to understand how an apprentice being trained for the occupation should be assessed at the end of their training.  The plan does not cover the training input and on-going competence evaluation carried out by the employer or their nominated training providers, which is not part of the mandatory end assessment.

You can download an overview of the assessment models for science industry apprenticeships.

You can download the full Assessment plans for each of the standards.

The assessment specification describes the scope of the end point assessment tests. 

SIAS has published The SIAS Guide to End Assessment for level 3 apprenticeship standards and The SIAS Guide to End Assessment for higher apprenticeship standards.  These guides describe how end assessment will work, who should be involved and the different types of tests. Preparing for end assessment and working with SIAS are also covered. 

The guides form part of the SIAS End Point Assessment service.

Work-based learning guides

Work-based learning guides describe the detailed competence sets that underpin each element of an apprenticeship standard. Based on national occupational standards, the work-based learning guide provides a detailed specification of the level of skills, knowledge and behaviours required to achieve occupational competence in the development phase of the apprenticeship. Work-based learning guides should be used as the basis for an apprentice’s training plan. You can download work-based learning guides from resources.

Behaviours evaluation matrix

During an apprentice's training employers want them to develop the behaviours that are required to work in the high performing, regulated, safety critical science industry. For this reason they have specified the industry standard behaviours in a behaviours evaluation matrix, which includes the assessment criteria that all employers should use. 

It is recommended that evaluation of behaviours is carried out a minimum of three times. This should be at the end of the foundation phase, at the midpoint of the consolidation phase and at gateway two. The outcome from the last evaluation should be brought as evidence to the vocational competence discussion and will contribute to the grading of the apprenticeship award. 

You can download behaviours evaluation assessment criteria from resources.