Learning and teaching
After an initial six week training period, apprentices will learn through work-based learning and block-teaching on campus at Aston with an emphasis on individual and group project work.
Most teaching is delivered through our virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Online teaching gives apprentices the flexibility to study from any location without the need to frequently travel to the Aston University campus.
Apprentices will be assessed regularly during the programme through coursework, practical assessments, group projects, work-based practice and by developing a portfolio.
The end point assessment
The apprenticeship concludes with the end point assessment (EPA). The EPA gives the apprentices the opportunity to showcase their academic, personal and professional development achievements throughout the apprenticeship.
This consists of a review of the apprentice's final project and portfolio, followed by an interview with representatives from Aston University, the employer, and an independent assessor. After the interview, based both on the apprentice's performance and portfolio, the assessors consider what grade should be awarded for the apprenticeship – fail, pass, merit or distinction.