Colin Leith, Subject Advisor in our Teaching Services team, clarifies that there is no change to the existing rules for creating high quality assignment briefs for BTEC Firsts and Nationals, and outlines the guidance and support on offer from the BTEC team.
No changes to the rules for writing assignment briefs for BTEC Firsts and Nationals
The new rules framework supporting high quality internal assessment is now in place, and our teaching services teams have been keeping a close eye on queries and requests for help coming in from schools and colleges.
Here are some of the questions you've been asking us:
Do the new internal assessment rules mean I need to rewrite all my BTEC First and National assignment briefs to fit the next generation BTEC Firsts (NQF) model?
No. The good news is that, following the changes in the internal assessment rules, you don’t have to re-write any of the assignment briefs you’ve created for BTEC Firsts and Nationals on either the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) or the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
While we have clarified and updated the rules framework that supports what happens during and following assessment, the guidelines for writing assignment briefs remain unchanged.
Do I need to make any changes to my assignment briefs for BTEC Firsts or Nationals on the Qualifications and Credit Framework?
You need to make one minor edit to all your assignment briefs for BTECs on the QCF and NQF to reflect the new rules: remove the “interim deadline” date for giving formative feedback once the assessment has started. You do not need to make any other changes to how you structure your assignment briefs, as the rules for writing assignment briefs have not changed.
Do I need to change how I structure tasks in assignment briefs for BTEC Firsts and Nationals on the Qualifications and Credit Framework to meet the new rules for next generation BTEC Firsts (NQF)?
No. The rules for writing assignment briefs remain unchanged. We have written a guide to writing assignment briefs for next generation BTEC Firsts (NQF) and we’re in the process of updating this to cover writing assignments for all BTEC Firsts and Nationals on the QCF and NQF. When it’s finished we’ll publish the new Guide on the relevant specification pages at www.btec.co.uk.
I don’t understand how all these different assessment rules fit together – can you explain?
The diagram below puts the whole process into context so you can see at a glance where the new rules apply, and where the existing rules remain in place.
BTEC Firsts and Nationals
The assessment process step by step
Following the introduction of a new rules framework to support high quality assessment for all BTEC Firsts and Nationals, we’ve created a simple overview of where the new rules apply from 1 September 2014.
Click on the image below to see an enlarged version of this infographic.