Recognising Key Stage 4 learner achievement on 2018 performance measures in England

We're delighted to let you know that we have worked with the Department for Education (DfE) to ensure that the achievements of learners taking a larger size of BTEC First can also be fully recognised on Key Stage 4 performance measures in England. 

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From summer 2017, the only size of BTEC First that is eligible for Key Stage 4 performance measures is the Award (equivalent in size to 1 GCSE).

However, if any student achieves a BTEC First in a larger size, which is not included on the List, but has met the eligibility criteria for the First Award, which is on the list, we will:

  • automatically certificate the Award size
  • pass the result to DfE to ensure their achievements are recognised in performance measures.

To meet the eligibility criteria for the First Award, students must take:

  • the compulsory core units (they will be taking these as part of the larger sized  BTEC First)
  • the required number of optional units selected from the list given in the BTEC First Award qualification (there may be fewer options in the First Award than in the larger BTEC Firsts)

What this means for you

This means you can continue to offer your learners the size of qualification that’s right for them, while being confident that their achievements will be included in performance measures.

What do you need to do?

Nothing! Our internal systems and teams will automatically recognise learners who fulfil all the criteria, and we will issue an Award result alongside the larger result. This result will be sent to DfE for contribution towards performance measures.

If you’d like to discuss this, or any other part of your curriculum offer, you can:

Contact your subject advisor

What qualifications does this apply to?

This applies to the following qualifications on the 2017/18 Technical Awards list:

Qualification

Qualification passed to DfE for inclusion in performance measures

BTEC First Certificate in Art & Design (600/6821/8)

BTEC First Award in Art & Design (600/4781/1)

BTEC First Extended Certificate in Art & Design (600/6822/X)

BTEC First Diploma in Art & Design (601/0172/6)

Qualification

Qualification passed to DfE for inclusion in performance measures

BTEC First Certificate in Business (600/6815/2)

BTEC First Award in Business (600/4786/0)

BTEC First Extended Certificate in Business (600/6816/4)

BTEC First Diploma in Business (601/0171/4))

Qualification

Qualification passed to DfE for inclusion in performance measures

BTEC First Certificate in CPLD (600/7865/0)

BTEC First Award in CPLD (600/6814/0)

Qualification

Qualification passed to DfE for inclusion in performance measures

BTEC First Certificate in Construction (600/7048/1)

BTEC First Award in Construction (600/6817/6)

BTEC First Extended Certificate in Construction (601/0258/5)

BTEC First Diploma in Construction (601/0259/7)

Qualification

Qualification passed to DfE for inclusion in performance measures

BTEC First Certificate in CDMP (600/7045/6)

BTEC First Award in CDMP (600/7045/6)

BTEC First Extended Certificate in CDMP (601/0167/2))

BTEC First Diploma in CDMP (601/0166/0)

Qualification

Qualification passed to DfE for inclusion in performance measures

BTEC First Certificate in Engineering (600/6628/3)

BTEC First Award in Engineering (600/4788/4)

BTEC First Extended Certificate in Engineering (600/6630/1)

BTEC First Diploma in Engineering (601/0545/8)

Qualification

Qualification passed to DfE for inclusion in performance measures

BTEC First Certificate in Health and Social Care (600/6311/7)

BTEC First Award in Health and Social Care (600/4782/3)

BTEC First Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care (600/6312/9)

BTEC First Diploma in Health and Social Care (601/0170/2)

Qualification

Qualification passed to DfE for inclusion in performance measures

BTEC First Certificate in Hospitality (600/7047/X)

BTEC First Award in Hospitality (600/7044/4)

BTEC First Extended Certificate in Hospitality (601/0231/7)

BTEC First Diploma in Hospitality (601/0230/5)

Qualification

Qualification passed to DfE for inclusion in performance measures

BTEC First Certificate in I&CT (600/6071/2)

BTEC First Award in I&CT (600/4789/6)

BTEC First Extended Certificate in I&CT (600/6072/4)

BTEC First Diploma in I&CT (601/0169/6)

Qualification

Qualification passed to DfE for inclusion in performance measures

BTEC First Certificate in Music (600/8640/3)

BTEC First Award in Music (600/6818/8)

BTEC First Extended Certificate in Music (601/0260/3)

BTEC First Diploma in Music (601/0261/5)

Qualification

Qualification passed to DfE for inclusion in performance measures

BTEC First Certificate in Performing Arts (600/6869/3)

BTEC First Award in Performing Arts (600/4785/9)

BTEC First Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (600/6870/X)

BTEC First Diploma in Performing Arts (601/0168/4)

Qualification

Qualification passed to DfE for inclusion in performance measures

BTEC First Certificate in Sport (600/6819/X)

BTEC First Award in Sport (600/4779/3)

BTEC First Extended Certificate in Sport (600/6820/6)

BTEC First Diploma in Sport (601/0232/9))

Qualification

Qualification passed to DfE for inclusion in performance measures

BTEC First Certificate in Travel and Tourism (600/7046/8)

BTEC First Award in Travel and Tourism (600/6512/6)

BTEC First Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism (601/0233/0)

BTEC First Diploma in Travel and Tourism (601/0234/2)

DfE will release the lists of qualifications that will count toward 2018 headline measures in November. Once we have the lists, we’ll be in touch to let you know what they mean for BTEC and for you.