End-Point Assessment Service

We go the extra mile to deliver positive and fair assessment experiences for apprentices in our sector.

End-Point Assessment (EPA) is the final, independent assessment of an apprentice that gives employers confidence that apprentices can perform in the occupation they have been trained in.

1st4sport is a specialist, sports and physical activity End-Point Assessment (EPA) provider, approved by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

We are already delivering End Point Assessments for:

  • Equine Groom
  • Senior Equine Groom
  • Outdoor Activity Instructor
  • Community Activator Coach

Why choose 1st4sport?

Unequalled tools and support

By partnering with 1st4sport, you’ll get access to all of this.

  • Learning materials to support apprentices on-programme and at gateway- with all tasks clearly laid out
  • Resources for educators
  • Assessment plan templates
  • Video clips of real-life assessments
  • An apprenticeship portfolio for apprentices to complete and submit
  • An apprentice gateway readiness tracker

Experienced, qualified assessors ready to assess, throughout England

All our assessors are:

  • experts in their field with experience of performing the subject role themselves
  • qualified to at least a Level 3 in assessment
  • skilled in putting apprentices – from all walks of life – at ease.

We believe the way an assessor connects and engages with your apprentices is critical to ensuring a positive experience.

Fair, equitable and independent assessments

Our Compliance and Risk team ensures rigorous quality assurance, malpractice and conflict of interest policies are followed, to ensure apprentices completing a 1st4sport EPA, are treated fairly and without prejudice by our assessors, in a safe environment.

Our impartial service complies with the regulatory authorities and is quality assured by the responsible body. What’s more:

  • Each 1st4sport EPA manager regularly reviews a representative sample of evidence for each component of the EPA to check for fairness and impartiality
  • We insist any conflicts of interest are declared and we’ll take steps to ensure impartiality
  • Clear operating rules are in place to prevent malpractice, maladministration or prejudice
  • Corrective action procedures are in place should a policy breeches occur
  • We are fully committed to embracing diversity.

Talk to Us

Email [email protected]
or telephone us 0113 290 7610
and ask us any questions you may have.

The 1st4sport EPA Journey

Our step by step EPA process is easy for you to follow.

What’s more, our EPA advisors will be on hand to guide you through every step of the journey.


EPA Agreement

After signing the 1st4sport EPA agreement, you’ll receive a welcome call and a step by step guide to help you progress your apprentices through the 1st4sport EPA journey. What’s more, we’ll put you in touch with a 1st4sport advisor who will support you throughout the process.


Apprentice Registration

The earlier you register apprentices for an EPA, the more support you’ll get. At this stage, your key contact will get access to all the 1st4sport resources and templates to help you prepare apprentices for their EPA.


Booking an EPA

The earlier you submit your preferred dates for an EPA, the more chance you’ll have of securing them. You’ll need to submit your booking a minimum of 60 days in advance of the EPA. We will of course confirm your booking in writing.

The EPA takes place at the end of the apprenticeship after all the on-programme training has been completed, after the gateway has been passed and when you are confident that the apprentice meets or exceeds the Occupational Standards.



The methods of assessment always include a discussion and observation of the practical by a 1st4sport assessor.

Prior to the assessment, you’ll submit the apprentice’s portfolio for the appointed 1st4sport assessor to review.

Find out more by requesting our information pack below.


EPA Results and Certificate

After the assessment, you’ll receive a grading notification and a digital certificate to present to your apprentice.


We are completely upfront and transparent about our fees including any cancellation or re-sit costs.

There are no hidden costs in the small print. Find out more by requesting our free information pack below.

EPA information pack

Order the 1st4sport information pack, containing guidance and more details on our EPA service.

Please complete this form to receive your pack in your inbox.

1st4sport is an organisation you can trust

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Accredited qualifications
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