Regulation of new apprenticeship end-point assessments

Ofqual’s approach to regulating end-point assessments, part of reformed apprenticeships that the government is introducing in England.


Apprenticeships: Ofqual’s approach to external quality assurance of end-point assessments

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This publication will help the groups of employers (known as trailblazers) responsible for developing new apprenticeship standards to make an informed decision about whether to ask Ofqual to provide their external quality assurance (EQA) arrangements. It will also assist assessment organisations in understanding the implications of Ofqual regulation.

The key principles are:

  1. Where Ofqual is the EQA provider for an apprenticeship end-point assessment (EPA), we will use our assessment expertise and regulatory powers to provide the same degree of assurance that we give to the qualifications we regulate.
  2. Where Ofqual is the selected EQA for an apprenticeship EPA, all bodies providing the EPA will need to be or become an Ofqual-recognised organisation. Ofqual is not able to provide EQA for any apprenticeship EPAs that are not provided by regulated awarding organisations. Organisations can apply for Ofqual recognition in order to be regulated and should contact us to understand our process and requirements.
  3. Where Ofqual is not the selected EQA for an apprenticeship EPA, but an EPA falls within a regulated awarding organisation’s scope of recognition, Ofqual will regulate it, no matter who is the EQA provider. Ofqual is prepared to work with other EQA providers, in partnership, to bring our regulatory and assessment expertise together with their sector expertise.