End Point Assessment

Rail & Rail Systems Engineer

Rail & Rail Systems Engineer

  • Reference Code: ST0495
  • Level: 5
  • Version: 1
  • Duration: 24 months


The overarching role of all Rail & Rail Systems Engineers is to ensure the railway runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis and to provide rail specific engineering knowledge across their own organisation to ensure this is the case. This includes supporting work relating to the integrated safe design, construction, installation, maintenance, renewal, or decommissioning of assets and equipment, to provide a safe and reliable railway.

Occupational role

There are 7 specialist areas for Rail and Rail Systems Engineers available for this apprenticeship, which are:

  • Rail Civil Engineering
  • Track Engineering
  • Signalling and Control Systems
  • Rail Systems Integration
  • Traction and Rolling Stock
  • Telecoms, Networks and Digital, Electrical, Mechanical or Building Services


Maximum £22,000

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.


The apprenticeship includes both core and specialism, skills and behaviours required to undertake the work of a Rail and Rail Systems Engineer.

End Point Assessment

Overview of assessment

The end point assessment covers all of the skills, knowledge and behaviours in the Standard. It will take place using independent assessors appointed by QFI and the methods shown below:

Workplace Project (including a practical element)

This consists the apprentice undertaking a work-based project (prior to the EPA day) that will assess their knowledge, skills and behaviours and the application of these skills in a  real-life  work  context  within their chosen specialist pathway. It consists of a 4,000-word (+/-10%) written project report that is submitted to QFI within 14 weeks of  the agreed project start date and following receipt of the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence. The scope of the project is agreed when all gateway requirements have been met.

Vocational Competence Discussion (supported by a portfolio of evidence)

This takes place on a one-to-one basis between the apprentice and an assessor. The questions formed to be the basis of the discussion, will be based on the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence. The assessor  will  ask  a  minimum  of  7 open questions, over 60 minutes. The apprentice is able to refer to their portfolio during  the discussion and will be given the opportunity to evaluate their portfolio  during the discussion, i.e. what went well, lessons learnt and recommendations for the future projects.

Readiness for assessment

The employer  will  endorse  progression  to  the  end-point  when  satisfied  that  the  apprentice  is consistently working at or above the level set out in the standard, and the pre-requisite gateway requirements have been met with evidence to support these:

  • achieved minimum level 2 English and mathematics
  • completed a portfolio of evidence - to support the vocational competence discussion
  • have agreement from the employer and QFI of a work-based project.


This apprenticeship is graded by the independent assessor appointed by QFI and grades are either: fail, pass, merit or distinction.

Professional Recognition

This Apprenticeship Standard aligns with the current edition of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). The experience gained and responsibility held by the apprentice on completion of the apprenticeship also partially contributes to the requirements for IEng.

Why choose QFI

QFI is listed on the Register of  Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations to assess this apprenticeship Standard. We have access to specialist, occupationally competent  independent assessors. We will work with you to ensure that the end-point  assessment runs as smoothly as possible providing support for any staff involved in the process. Contact us now to discuss your requirements leadassessor@qfiepa.org