Rail Engineering Operative (9303)

Last Updated: 08 Aug 2023

Product code 9303

LARS number 90

This level 2 apprenticeship standard is aimed at learners who would like to become rail engineering operatives. A rail engineering operative provides support to rail technicians and engineers working on the safe construction, installation, maintenance and renewal of the railways to provide a safe and reliable infrastructure for customers. Apprentices will specialise in the track discipline.

For more information about the Rail Engineering Operative standard, view our handy factsheet located in the 'documents' tab.

Summary of our offer:

1. As part of the on programme phase of this apprenticeship standard the following qualifications must be completed before reaching the gateway:
Level 2 Diploma in Rail Engineering Operative Knowledge (6497-02)
Level 2 Diploma in Rail Engineering Operative Competence (6499-02) 

2. We are on the register of end-point assessment organisations for Rail Engineering Operative. Our high-quality, rigorous end-point assessment (EPA), can be delivered at a convenient time for your apprentice.  Our EPA service includes a suite of guidance documents and preparation tools to get you ready for EPA. 


City & Guilds has designed innovative and flexible delivery content that will equip apprentices with the competence and confidence to perform their best in assessment.  Including;

• Mandatory qualifications: As part of the on programme phase of this apprenticeship standard the following qualifications must be completed before reaching the gateway:
Level 2 Diploma in Rail Engineering Operative Knowledge (6497-02)
Level 2 Diploma in Rail Engineering Operative Competence (6499-02)

• Learning Assistant: Learning Assistant is an innovative and cost-effective e-portfolio solution that allows colleges and training providers to improve dramatically the delivery of apprenticeship standards by tracking progress online in real-time.

• Induction learning content: Extensive content including handouts and e-learning modules meets the mandatory requirements for any apprenticeship programme of learning:
- Health and safety
- Safeguarding and Prevent
- Equality and diversity
- British values

• Maths & English: Our Functional Skills qualifications cover the core maths and English requirements for this standard.  Our support package, e-Functional Skills is an online teaching and learning platform that guides learners from an initial diagnostic assessment, through to meeting the requirements for this standard.

End-point assessment

EPA product code: 9303-12

City & Guilds is already carrying out end-point assessment for Rail Engineering Operative (9303). As one of the biggest EPAOs in England, we pride ourselves on our first rate customer service.  Our EPA team is on hand to support you every step of the way, guiding you through gateway and ensuring your apprentice has all the tools they need to prepare for the assessment.   Our assessment and grading is standardised and all our assessors have industry experience and receive on-going training, so you can trust that we will deliver a fair and robust assessment.

Assessment events for this standard are:
• A portfolio of evidence of occupational competence covering the standard
• Independent, occupational competence validation interview (viva) and the final employer endorsement of occupational competence. The end-point assessment will be graded pass or fail.

For further guidance, please refer to our end-point assessment pack. The end-point assessment pack includes detailed guidance on grading criteria for the EPA and the evidence you’ll need to produce for knowledge, skills and behaviours at gateway.  You’ll find this in the documents section above.  
EPA preparation and gateway guidance for this standard: 
Upon registration for EPA, you will have access to a range of support material for Rail Engineering Operative (9303) to help prepare for end-point assessment. 

• EPA preparation tool: Our platform guides apprentices through online content to help them feel ready for their EPA experience. User-friendly technology takes the apprentice through a series of questions, to suggest material personalised to their apprenticeship standard and their confidence levels.  The content is curated from across the web and covers areas like revision and exam skills, multiple choice test strategies, professional discussion and interview skills. You can watch our short video to learn more.

• Recording forms: supporting you to complete key stages of EPA readiness, we have prepared forms to give you peace of mind and confidence that everything is covered.  These packs include a gateway declaration form that is needed during the booking process and assessment forms, if required, that apprentices might need during assessment.

• LIEPA reports: Our lead independent end assessors (LIEPAs) produce an annual report with insight into the EPA results and findings across all centres.  These reports can help you refine your apprenticeship delivery to improve success rates. 

Apprenticeship certification
As well as receiving their Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) apprenticeship certificate, the apprentice will receive a City & Guilds statement of achievement for end-point assessment.

How to register

If you’re an existing City & Guilds centre or interested in becoming a centre, make sure you’ve read our EPA manual and guidance. This will explain the process and all our terms and conditions. Our short ‘how-to’ guides and videos are a great start to help you get to grips with what to expect and how to stay on track when booking EPA and preparing apprentices for assessment.  You’ll find these resources in our EPA document library.

To use our quality-assured on-programme materials or end-point assessment service there are three ways to either find out more or to order what you need:

1. If you’re an existing City & Guilds customer, go to Walled Garden and select the materials you need or register your apprentice for end-point assessment. (You may need to submit a request to deliver if you don’t yet have approval for that standard.)

2. Get in touch with directsales@cityandguilds.com. Our team can explain our different products and services and start getting you set up as a customer or give existing customers support on the new apprenticeship arrangements.

3. Speak to your City & Guilds Business Manager about how to access our products or how to register your apprentices with us.

Here you can find all documents related to this suite of apprenticeship.

By clicking on the section headings below, you can access a variety of documents such as the qualification handbooks and assessment materials, Statements of Purpose, and recognition letters from industry and employers.

Some documents may be password protected. Passwords can be retrieved by logging in to WalledGarden.com and visiting the Administration section of the relevant qualification catalogue page.

Interested in delivering this apprenticeship?

Find out more about how to become an approved City & Guilds centre or fill out our online customer application form