End-point assessments

At the end of their training, apprentices must complete an end-point assessment (EPA) in order to complete their apprenticeship.

The NCTJ is an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) approved by the Education and Skills Funding Agency to deliver end-point assessments for the journalist and senior journalist apprenticeship standards.

Journalist end-point assessment

The end-point assessment for a journalist is completed in the final four months of the apprenticeship and is comprised of a journalism project, project report with questioning and a professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence. The apprentice chooses the topic for their journalism project with the approval of their employer and the NCTJ. The project may be produced across any platform(s).

Qualification specification

Senior journalist end-point assessment

The end-point assessment for senior journalists is completed in the final four months of the apprenticeship and is comprised of a journalism project, project presentation and a professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence. The apprentice chooses the topic for their journalism project with the approval of their employer and the NCTJ. The project may be produced across any platform(s).

Qualification specification

Results and feedback

End-point assessment results are issued within five weeks of submission for marking to the NCTJ. Results are issued direct to the employer/training provider and the apprentice.

Certification

The NCTJ, as the EPAO, is responsible for applying for the apprentice’s final apprenticeship certificate from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). The ESFA will issue the final apprenticeship certificate directly to the employer.

The NCTJ will issue a qualification certificate for the Diploma in Journalism/NQJ within six weeks of the apprenticeship course end date.

External quality assurance

The end-point assessments for the journalist and senior journalist apprenticeship standards are externally quality assured by Ofqual.

Fees

Fees are applicable for apprentice registration and certification, NCTJ diploma/NQJ assessments and the end-point assessment. Current fees can be found here.

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