21st May 2020
Preparation is key to many things and never has this been more true than when you are planning for the End Point Assessment (EPA) of your apprenticeship programme. After completing my portfolio, I was keen to end my learning journey on a high, so it was vital that I took the time to review everything that I had learnt and find examples of how I applied that learning in the workplace. If you are anything like me, the fear of the unknown can sometimes be all-consuming, so I thought it would be a great idea to share some tips based on my experiences and hopefully provide some benefit for you if you find yourself about to face your EPA. While I appreciate that everyone has their own learning style, I hope my top tips will help inspire, inform and reassure.
What to expect?
The EPA process varies depending on the type of qualification you are studying. It is therefore crucial to find out from your Learning Support Coach what you have to complete specifically for yours. For me, I was studying a Level 3 Team Leader qualification, so my EPA consisted of two parts, the knowledge test and the competency interview/professional discussion, and mine were loosely made up as follows:
TOP TIP! Refresh your memory focusing on the models you were taught during your classes and also revisit any notes made during your programme. As part of my revision, I would write things on ‘post it’ notes, as short, sharp reminders!
TOP TIP! Both elements are completed using Zoom, so make sure you are familiar with this beforehand, maybe even ask your LSC to do a mini mock exam so you know what to expect! Also, make sure you have your photographic ID ready. The assessor will ask for you to show this before the competence interview starts.
Practice makes perfect!
It is true what they say, practice makes perfect! So, for your knowledge test, ask your LSC to send you mock exams, which you can try doing before the real deal. Completing these really helped prepare me for my knowledge exam and also gave me insight into areas they would focus on.
Something I learned while studying towards my apprenticeship is that the key to achieving success in anything we do, is preparation. Remembering the 3 Ps – PLAN, PREPARE and PERFORM is crucial when it comes to your EPA. I know everyone is different when it comes to revising for exams, but some of my top tips for preparing for your EPA are:
Go for it!
Lastly, just go for it! The fear of the unknown is always a scary thing, but once it is all over, the sense of relief and satisfaction is incredible! You will be more prepared than you think and the assessors during your CI and PD are so supportive. The probing questions they ask are a way of ensuring you meet the criteria and my assessor was wonderful. I actually found the experience better than I initially thought it would be! ❤ Oh, and for the record? I got an overall Distinction.
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