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A level 4 apprenticeship for individuals whose role is to understand the needs of stakeholders and how these can be met through business change and digital solutions, helping organisations to deliver business and digital change successfully.
Business Analysts are found in almost every sector: the public and private sectors, large multi-national companies, and smaller independent enterprises.
Typical duration to gateway (i.e., excluding EPA period): 18 months
Maximum funding: £18000
Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this might include GCSEs, A levels, a level 2 apprenticeship, or other relevant qualifications.
There are no mandated knowledge modules or professional vendor certification for this apprenticeship standard. Although you may want to utilise professional vendor certification that has been mapped to the knowledge components listed in the apprenticeship standard, you will not be able to use apprenticeship funding to pay for the certification.
All knowledge, skills and behaviours will be assessed by the two different assessment methods: project proposal with presentation and questioning (AM1) and professional discussion underpinned by portfolio (AM2).
In addition to the employer’s confirmation that the apprentice is working at or above the level in the occupational standard, the apprentice must have completed the following gateway requirements prior to beginning end-point assessment (EPA).
For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and Mathematics minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. British Sign Language (BSL) qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for those who have BSL as their primary language.
The apprentice must submit a project proposal title and summary.
A selection of the best pieces of evidence gathered by an apprentice during their apprenticeship. The evidence should demonstrate how an apprentice has carried out specific work tasks mapped to the assessment criteria and knowledge, skills and behaviours listed in the assessment plan for AM2.
Business Analyst EPA
The EPA consists of two assessment methods.
A 5,000-word project proposal designed to meet the needs of the business, delivering real business benefit, submitted within 6 weeks of the EPA start date.
A presentation based on the project proposal is also submitted within 8 weeks of the EPA start date; this is then presented to an independent assessor. The presentation will take 15 minutes and will be followed by 30 minutes of questioning on both the presentation and project.
A 60-minute two-way discussion underpinned by the portfolio, which involves both the independent assessor and the apprentice actively listening and participating in a formal conversation.
Apprentices must pass both assessment methods (1 & 2), which can be taken in any order, to successfully complete their apprenticeship. Grades awarded are fail, pass, merit, or distinction. Apprentices will receive their grade ten working days after completing their final assessment method.
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