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End-point assessments for the creative and cultural industries

Publishing Professional EPA

The Publishing Professional EPA is the end-point assessment for this Level 4 standard.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide support for specific areas across all key parts of the publishing process from the conception of book, digital product, journal or other product (such as educational resources), through to the production, in a variety of paper and digital formats, and then to support the sales, marketing and publicity processes.

Publishing Professionals will usually be involved with aspects of publishing which include editorial, marketing, sales, publicity, production, rights or digital. They will have an awareness or skills which stretch across the publishing process particularly in smaller organisations. They will typically report to an Editorial Manager and are involved with editing, proof reading and briefing external stakeholders about their work and the work of colleagues.

Gateway requirements

  • Level 2 English and maths 
  • A project scoping document
  • A portfolio of work-based evidence, used to support the professional discussion

Assessment methods

  • Professional discussion: A 90-minute discussion with an assessor, supported by a portfolio of evidence.
  • Project report and presentation: The project involves the apprentice completing and submitting a piece of work that has a real business benefit. This is followed by a presentation delivered by the apprentice, and then questions from an assessor.

Indicative duration of assessment

The EPA will typically be completed within a period of up to three months once the Gateway requirements have been met. 

Find out more

Find out more at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education website.

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