Here at Training Qualifications UK, we like to make sure you’re kept aware of all the most important goings-on in the world of End-Point Assessment. With that in mind, this week we look at updates to the Business Administrator and Hair Professional Standards as well as information relating to Functional Skills.

Business Administrator Standard

An updated version of the Business Administrator Assessment Plan was published on the 10th September 2020. Following this, there have been some further queries associated with this plan that Open Awards are aware of.  To this end, Open Awards will be holding a webinar for all End-Point Assessment Organisations to discuss the updates in further detail.

The new plan applies to all Apprentices who are registered on this standard when the updated plan was published.

We are working on what a suitable switchover period may look like, as well as a suitable time plan for updating materials, and we are committed to providing an update as soon as we are in a position to do so.

Functional Skills Maths and English

The ESFA have provided an updated list of what is classed as accepted equivalents in meeting the minimum English and Maths requirements for apprenticeships at level 2 and above.

The updated list now includes English and Maths units achieved as part of Access to HE Diplomas before 2014 as acceptable equivalents.

“Where the Apprentice has a qualification at level 4 or above (SCQF level 7 and above such as an Advanced Higher) this is acceptable if the qualification is predominantly in the subject of English Language or English Literature and/or Mathematics.”

The full update can be viewed here

Our guidance document for Functional Skills Evidence will, of course, be updated and will be available to view on Verve EPA shortly.

If you require any support in relation to this update, feel free to contact us at and a member of the team will be happy to support

Hair Professional End-Point Assessment Flexibilities

Great News: our Hair Professional and Barbering standards continue to be fully active and we are operating on a business-as-usual basis. In addition to this, on a further positive note and in preparation for any potential further lockdown restrictions, the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) have announced some possible flexibilities.

These potential flexibilities are at the discretion of the EPAO and are based on various scenarios that may be permitted, should there be a return to stricter lockdown conditions.

As always, at present, where reasonable adjustment and special considerations are required we can continue to offer additional support.

We will of course keep all centres updated as we move forward.

Finally, we have updated our Extraordinary Framework Adaptations document to now include details of the use of simulation in a Realistic Working Environment where circumstances dictate a direct observation in the workplace is not possible. Please click here to download the document and read the update on page 20.

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