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Professional Discussion

How does the assessment work?

The Professional Discussion is part of the End Point Assessment for

both the Adult Care Worker (Level 2) Standard and the Lead Adult

Carer (Level 3) Standard. 

This assessment makes up 50% of the End Point Assessment and is a forum for the apprentice to demonstrate their knowledge, learning, experience, self-assessment and supporting evidence including testimony from service users. 

The Professional Discussion is the final method of assessment.

Apprentices will be informed of the agenda for the Professional Discussion when they enter the Apprenticeship Gateway and will be guided by a workbook.

The discussion will last for 45 minutes and take place under controlled conditions. Apprentices will discuss 15 topics from a bank of pre-set topics relating to the standard.

There is an opportunity to re-sit or retake the Professional Discussion. If a re-take is necessary the maximum award achievable is a Pass. In exceptional circumstances a resit may be arranged and graded as the first Professional Discussion Pass, Merit or Distinction. 

In the event of either of the above, the Professional Discussion should take place within

a maximum of 3 months of the original date.

The final decision for the End Point Assessment lies solely with the End Point Assessment Associate who will grade the apprenticeship based on the components set out in the assessment strategy.

Once the apprentice has successfully passed the Situational Judgement Test and the Professional Discussion, EPAB will inform the Education and Skills Funding Agency and a certificate will be awarded to the apprentice. 

The certificate will detail the grade for each component.

In brief

A 45 minute discussion for the apprentice to highlight  knowledge, learning, experience, self-assessment and supporting evidence covering a range of topics.