Performance tables in England: which BTEC and Pearson qualifications are included?

Here’s where you’ll find subject-by-subject guides to which Pearson and BTEC qualifications are included in performance tables in England (Applied General, Tech Level, Technical Certificates and Technical Awards), plus the latest news on performance tables for 2020 results.

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What’s included on performance tables in England (2018 and 2019 results)?


Find out which Pearson and BTEC qualifications are included on performance tables in England:

Level 3 (Post 16 Learners)
Level 2 (Post 16 learners)
Levels 1 and 2 (Key Stage 4)

Performance tables in England (2020 results) - latest news


Find out the latest news from the DfE on performance tables for 2020 results:

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Your questions answered

Because the DfE is keeping the process and criteria the same for 2020 tables, it’s more likely, although it’s not automatically the case.

The DfE reserves the right to review all qualifications included on performance tables each year and remove a qualification if they consider it is no longer suitable or eligible.

This means the DfE may reject selected qualifications for performance tables (2020 results) which were included on tables for 2019 results. 

We hope the DfE will confirm which Pearson qualifications are included on the 2020 performance tables around Easter, or during summer term 2018.

We can’t give you a more specific date at the moment, and it could be the end of the summer term 2018 before the performance tables (2020 results) are finalised.

As ever, our Subject Advisers will keep you in touch as soon as we hear anything, and it’s worth signing up to their curriculum updates

The DfE is taking first submissions for the 2020 performance tables from December 2017.

We’re planning to submit a small number of new qualifications in addition to the Pearson and BTEC titles already included on the 2019 tables.

We’ll announce the new titles as we publish them and you’ll be able to download draft specifications from our website at quals.pearson.com from December 2017.

We’ll let you know as soon as we hear from the DfE about inclusion on performance tables for 2020 results.

As ever, our Subject Advisers will keep you in touch as soon as we hear anything, and it’s worth signing up to their curriculum updates

Yes. The DfE has indicated that there’s likely to be significant change to what’s included on performance tables (2021 results).

This means new brand-new qualifications could be included in performance tables (2020 results) and updated or removed for the following year’s performance tables (2021 results). 

We know you’re talking to learners during the autumn and spring terms about their options for starting 1- and 2-year courses in September 2018.

We will keep you up to date and send out news as soon as we hear from the DfE about the performance tables for 2020 results which hope will be during the summer term 2018 at the latest. 

You can register new learners on the BTEC Nationals (QCF, 2010) until 31 August 2019. That means you can choose when you move to the new BTEC National qualifications and you’ve got time to plan ahead.

If your Year 9 students who started 3-year Key Stage 4 in September 2017 are studying qualifications which are included on performance tables for 2019 results, it is more likely - although not yet definite - that those qualifications will remain on tables for 2020 results and your students’ achievements would be recognised at the end of their course.

We hope to have confirmation of what’s included on 2020 performance tables around Easter 2018 (beginning of the summer term) at the earliest.

As ever, our Subject Advisers will keep you in touch as soon as we hear anything, and it’s worth signing up to their curriculum updates

16-19 Study Programme funding
All BTEC Nationals (2010, QCF) are eligible for 16-19 study programme funding with a last date for new starts of 31 August 2019.

19-23 entitlement funding: 2017/18 academic year 
BTEC Nationals (2010, QCF) which were approved for 19-23 entitlement funding in 2016/17 are still eligible for 19-23 entitlement funding in 2017/18.

The only exception to this is the Public Services qualifications, where the last date for new starts is 31 July 2018.

19-23 entitlement funding: 2018/19 academic year 
Because the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) reviews 19-23 funding for each new academic year, we cannot yet confirm which qualifications will be eligible in 2018/19.

We will update you when we hear from the ESFA, which is likely to be some time during spring 2018. The best way to stay up to date with all things funding is to sign up for our Funding News alerts at quals.pearson.com/funding.

We’re here to help and we’ll keep you updated as soon as we hear from the DfE.

As ever, our Subject Advisers will keep you in touch as soon as we hear anything, and it’s worth signing up to their curriculum updates