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End-Point Assessment (EPA)

of the Level 7 Academic Professional Apprenticeship

The Level 7 Academic Professional Apprenticeship standard (L7 APA) has been created to develop early career academics from their entry point into employment in higher education to full professional competence, following either a teaching or research specialist route.

The apprenticeship standard is aligned to both the UK Professional Standards Framework and the Research Development Framework, and typically lasts between 18 and 24 months. The final three months of the L7 APA must comprise of End-Point Assesment (EPA), which is what ultimately determines an apprentice’s professional competence.

EPA is undertaken by an independent end-point assessment organisation (EPAO). Advance HE is the only EPAO for the L7 APA, working with a constantly growing number of institutions. We have been on the Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations since January 2019.

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What is End-Point Assessment?

EPA consists of three elements:

  • 7,500 word written submission
  • one hour academic professional practice assessment (teaching or research practice)
  • one hour professional conversation.

Each assessment element has its own set of competency outcomes aligned to core and specialist knowledge, skills, values and behaviours.

Our approach to End-Point Assessment


Apprentices and employer partners will be provided access to an online community for Academic Professionals, Advance HE Connect.

Flexible and virtual

EPA will be administered virtually, using a sector-leading bespoke apprenticeship online platform.

Personal and developmental

Throughout their journey, each apprentice will be assessed by an Advance HE-trained assessor; all of whom are leading HE learning and teaching specialists.

Professional, expert-driven and sector-led

Development of the service was guided by a Reference Group of Higher Education teaching and learning, researcher development and apprenticeship experts.

In discussion with recent graduates of the programme

Watch our interviews with two recent graduates of the Level 7 Academic Professional Apprenticeship:

University of Exeter - Project Success Story

In May 2020, the University of Exeter received notification from Advance HE that Dr Ian Ashton, Lecturer in Offshore Technology, was the first apprentice on the Research Specialist Route to have completed EPA.

The University of Exeter achieved this milestone by proving a dedicated support structure with a degree apprenticeship hub and central support, as well as the appointment of a dedicated programme lecturer. This allowed Exeter to be one of the first providers to convert its Advance HE accredited Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) into a degree apprenticeship: the Academic Professional Programme.

"Although it was not always easy to balance with competing demands, this course forces you to take time for reflection and personal development, which allowed me to develop in all areas of my practice, giving me space to become a more rounded academic and better understand the role I have taken on." 
Dr Ian Ashton, Lecturer in Offshore Technology, University of Exeter

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Advance HE Connect

Advance HE Connect is our online platform exclusively to share, connect and collaborate with your HE peers around the globe. It was developed following a consultation of higher education sector colleagues representing 96 institutions in 14 countries, and now connects over 18,500 users from 100 countries around the world. To find out more about our approach and how we use the platform in EPA download the information sheet below.

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