The End-Point Assessment Methods

1) Observation With Questions

  • Apprentices will complete a session plan and risk assessment after they have gone through the gateway to reflect the planning process involved when delivering a youth work session
  • The session plan must include: the location, start and finish times, aims for the session, and risk assessment
  • The observation will typically last for 120 minutes, and the questioning will typically last for 60 minutes. The discretionary additional 10% time can be allocated in any proportion across the observation and questioning
  • The Independent End-Point Assessor will ask a minimum of 5 questions at the end of the observation

2) Professional Discussion

  • The professional discussion must last for 60 minutes. The Independent End-Point Assessor has the discretion to increase the time of the professional discussion by up to 10% to allow the apprentice to complete their last answer
  • Independent End-Point Assessor will ask a minimum of 10 questions (five theory based and five practice scenario-based) and may ask further questions for clarification purposes and to allow the apprentice the opportunity to cover the KSBs mapped to this assessment method
  • There must be at least one question on each of the following themes:
  1. Administration, policy and procedures
  2. Partnerships and communities
  3. Youth support work principles and practices
  4. Management, supervision and reflective practice
  5. Equality and rights

Gateway Requirements

SS Educational Services will need a reference from the employer confirming the apprentice is consistently working at, or above, level 3, as well as:

  • Maths and English Level 2
  • Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work Practice
  • A Portfolio with a Statement of Authenticity

More Information

The Youth Support Worker Level 3 End-Point Assessment delivered by SS Educational Services includes:

  • 12-weekly touch points to ensure that the apprentice is on target to meet their Planned End Date
  • A step-by-step guide which includes all required documentation
  • Experienced sector specialists delivering the EPA
  • Written feedback
  • A fast turnaround speed


£700 (face-to-face)

Duration of End-Point Assessment

Unlike other End-Point Assessment Organisations, we can provide the apprentice with their end-point assessment in as little as 4 weeks of entering Gateway, as the apprentice must be given 4 weeks’ notice ahead of the Professional Discussion. Their results are shared shortly after our IQA process has taken place, which we aim to complete within a week.

SSES offers this service nationally, both face-to-face and remotely


Please see the IfATE Assessment Plan below for full details.