AIM Assessment

Production Assistant EPA 

The Production Assistant EPA is the end-point assessment for this level 3 standard.

A production assistant provides support and help to editorial or technical colleagues to ensure the smooth delivery of content for tv or radio productions. These productions may cover different genres including factual, daytime light, entertainment, drama, comedy, documentary and current affairs. Production assistants work as a part of production team and need to be adaptable and able to learn quickly on the job; building their understanding of the tv and radio industry as they move across production teams.

On-programme learning

The AIM Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Creative Content and Production has been developed to support the delivery of Advanced Apprenticeships (Level 3) which offer entry level opportunities into a family of creative and operational roles across television and radio broadcast production including Production Assistant and Junior Content Producer. The components of the qualification have been designed to closely map to the skills, knowledge and understanding identified in the Standards, which will support apprentices towards their readiness for the end-point assessment (this only relates to apprenticeships in England). However this qualification is not manditory and learners are still able to apply for the standard without this qualification.

The qualification covers core technical skills and knowledge, including production planning, production development, industry awareness, content creation, and also develops the learner's soft skills, including working to tight deadlines and reflecting on own practice. This qualification has been developed in partnership with leading employers across the broadcasting industry including the BBC, ITV, Sky, Channel 4 and Bauer Media and delivery partners that includes independent training providers and colleges of further education.

“There’s a breadth to the qual that isn’t in the standard which is very relevant for the soft skills.”
Martina Porter, Managing Director at All Spring Media

Gateway requirements

  • Completion of a portfolio
  • Level 2 English and maths

Assessment methods 

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  • research project: a three-day workplace project after the apprentice has gone through the gateway, set by the employer, approved and marked by our assessor
  • set test:  a 15-minute pitch to assessor after 30-minutes preparation time. To be held at the training provider or employer premises on the assessment day
  • professional discussion:  a 45-minute discussion with our assessor. To be held at the training provider or employer premises on the assessment day

Indicative duration of assessment

The three assessments will usually be completed within three weeks of gateway (subject to availability of facilities and assessor).

More information

Find out more on the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education website or watch the video Best Practice in End-Point Assessment, commissioned and funded by the Education and Training Foundation. Filmed by the All Spring Media team and apprentices on the Production Assistant and Junior Content Producer Standards.

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