In a sensible evaluation with questions, an impartial assessor observes the apprentice finishing a process or sequence of duties set by the EPAO. The EPAO decides the place it takes place. The evaluation atmosphere have to be in an actual working atmosphere that intently relate to the apprentice’s pure working atmosphere. This permits the apprentice to exhibit the KSBs mapped to this evaluation methodology. 


This evaluation methodology is getting used as a result of:

  • the occupation entails sensible exercise finest assessed via sensible evaluation.
  • it is a sensible position, finest demonstrated via finishing duties on purchasers in a sensible industrial salon circumstances
  • questioning permits for the evaluation of the breadth and depth of underpinning information in opposition to the grading descriptors, which can not naturally happen as a part of the evaluation
  • it is a holistic evaluation of the KSB, on dwell purchasers, with differing necessities, hair classifications and traits.


The sensible evaluation have to be structured to provide the apprentice the chance to exhibit the KSBs mapped to this evaluation methodology to the very best obtainable grade.

An impartial assessor should conduct and assess the sensible evaluation utilizing holistic evaluation of the KSBs. The impartial assessor should observe the apprentice engaged on at the least 2 purchasers throughout the sensible evaluation.

The impartial assessor should solely observe 5 apprentices at a time to make sure high quality and rigour. They have to be as unobtrusive as potential.

The EPAO should give an apprentice 14 days discover of the . sensible evaluation

The sensible evaluation should take 3.25 hours.

The impartial assessor can enhance the time of the sensible evaluation by as much as 10%. This time is to permit the apprentice to finish a process or reply to a query if vital.

The sensible evaluation can’t be break up, aside from for consolation breaks or to permit apprentices to maneuver from one location to a different. The place breaks happen, they won’t depend in direction of the whole EPA time.

EPAOs should handle invigilation of the apprentice throughout the evaluation, to keep up safety of the EPA, consistent with their malpractice coverage. This contains breaks and shifting between areas throughout the working day.

The impartial assessor should clarify to the apprentice the format and timescales of the sensible evaluation earlier than it begins. This doesn’t depend in direction of the evaluation time.

The impartial assessor should observe the next throughout the sensible evaluation.

Any type of simulation just isn’t permitted throughout the sensible evaluation.

The sensible evaluation will be accomplished on any hair classification.

In the course of the sensible evaluation the apprentice might be assessed on the next when performing providers on at the least 2 completely different purchasers.

Theme: Methods of working – authorized, organisational and well being and security

  • observe all well being and security laws
  • observe environmental and sustainable working practices

Theme: Methods of working – shopper care / customer support

  • a session for one of many providers, taking into consideration the purchasers needs, influencing components, hair classification and traits
  • an analysis of one of many providers
  • present aftercare recommendation following one of many providers

Theme: Barbering technical – Slicing and ending hair (two purchasers)

The providers to be carried out are detailed under

Reduce, and restyle hair utilizing a spread of barbering methods to create two seems

  • reduce and end the hair
  • restyle the hair altering the size, bulk or form, to realize a big/clear completely different fashion
  • create two completely different neckline shapes
  • create two completely different define shapes

Use all of the instruments and tools for slicing:

  • scissors
  • clippers
  • clipper attachments
  • trimmers
  • razors

Slicing should happen on each moist and dry hair

Use a minimal of 9 slicing methods (excluding eyebrow trim)

  • scissor over comb
  • clipper over comb
  • texturising
  • freehand
  • razor slicing
  • tapering
  • graduating
  • layering
  • fading
  • disconnecting

Create two facial hair shapes

  • full beard and moustache
  • a partial beard together with moustache

Theme: Barbering technical- Shaving

  • a full-face shave, facial therapeutic massage and ending product

These actions present the apprentice with the chance to exhibit the KSBs mapped to this evaluation methodology.

The impartial assessor should ask questions. The aim of the questions is to make clear additional, any parts of a KSB, in order to permit the candidate to exhibit their full comprehension of the theme being carried out.

Questioning can happen throughout the sensible evaluation. The time for questions requested throughout the sensible evaluation is included within the general evaluation time.

Unbiased assessors should ask at the least 3 questions throughout the sensible evaluation. The impartial assessor should use the questions from their EPAO’s query financial institution or create their very own questions in-line with the EPAO’s coaching.

The impartial assessor can ask follow-up inquiries to make clear solutions given by the apprentice. These questions are along with the above set variety of questions for the sensible evaluation and ought to be saved to a minimal.

The impartial assessor should maintain correct data of the evaluation. They have to document:

  • the KSBs noticed
  • The apprentice’s solutions to questions
  • KSBs demonstrated in solutions to questions
  • the grade achieved

The impartial assessor should make the grading resolution. The sensible evaluation and responses to questions have to be assessed holistically by the impartial assessor when they’re deciding the grade. 

Evaluation location

The sensible evaluation will happen in an actual work or a barbershop atmosphere chosen by the EPAO (for instance the suppliers or employer’s premises). The simulated atmosphere should relate to the apprentice’s pure work atmosphere and should conform to present well being and security laws and native bye legal guidelines and laws. The vary of providers, skilled merchandise, instruments, supplies and tools (barbering chair, shampooing space) have to be present and obtainable to be used, and be acquainted to the apprentice and be in good working order. Tools and sources wanted for the sensible evaluation have to be offered by the EPAO, employer or supplier.

The situation, instruments, merchandise and tools should meet the necessities of an actual work atmosphere and have to be agreed by all stakeholders.

Query and useful resource improvement

The EPAO should develop a purpose-built evaluation specification and query financial institution. It is suggested that is executed in session with employers of this occupation. The EPAO ought to preserve the safety and confidentiality of EPA supplies when consulting employers. The evaluation specification and query financial institution have to be reviewed at the least yearly to make sure they continue to be fit-for-purpose.  

The evaluation specification have to be related to the occupation and exhibit the way to assess the KSBs mapped to this evaluation methodology. The EPAO should be sure that questions are refined and developed to a excessive customary. The questions have to be unpredictable. A query financial institution of adequate dimension will assist this.

The EPAO should be sure that the apprentice has a special set of questions within the case of re-sits or re-takes.

The EPAO should produce the next supplies to assist the sensible evaluation:

  • impartial assessor evaluation supplies which embrace:
    • coaching supplies
    • administration supplies
    • moderation and standardisation supplies
    • steering supplies
    • grading steering
    • query financial institution
  • EPA steering for the apprentice and the employer


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