Welcome to your teaching, learning and assessment page for the new 2021/2022 academic year for vocational qualifications. We’ve created this new page so we can keep you up-to-date with the latest news and information and support you as you deliver BTEC qualifications. 

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This page will be kept updated for academic year 2021/22, so please bookmark this page for the latest information, and sign up for our regular VQ Bulletins. 

Read our most recent VQ Bulletin

Information and guidance

We have created this infographic to guide you in managing absences, in relation to learners taking external assessments. 

Managing absence in BTEC external assessments winter 2022 (PDF | 77.5 KB)

Updated 10 Jan 2022: We have updated our guidance relating to Special Considerations,  Alternative Accommodation and Examination Invigilation, which you can find on the link below.

Additional Guidance for Centres managing BTEC exams in 2022 (PDF | 520 KB)

Contingency planning 2022 - updated 15 Dec 2021

The current policy position is that all assessments in 2021/22 will go ahead. We have been working closely with DfE, Ofqual and other regulators to ensure that contingency plans are in place if needed.

Please see our Vocational Bulletin - Issue 32 for our latest update on Contingency Planning.

We will keep you updated with any decisions relating to this, and any additional guidance that is released to support centres, should it be deemed necessary to return to Teacher Assessed Grades. 

All BTEC external assessments for 2021/22 are expected to go ahead. Although our main adaptation to BTEC assessment relates to internal assessment (see Internal assessment section, below), we have worked with our stakeholders to implement some adaptations to the arrangements for external assessments including delaying the start of the January series and allowing longer windows for tasks to take place within.


You can find final timetables for January, February, March and summer 2022 on our Timetables page

Please note: The release of relevant Part A BTEC external assessments has now begun in line with these confirmed exam timetables 

Please note: Entries for June 2022 session opened on Friday 12 November 2021 for BTEC Firsts, BTEC Nationals, Level 2 Technicals and Tech Awards. For instances where learners are completing set tasks and secure materials are held under gold padlock, you will need to have made learner entries to be able to access these materials.

Conducting external assessments 

Our policies and guidance for conducting external assessments can be found in the BTEC Instructions for Conducting External Assessment (ICEA) document. Policies for the conduct of examinations and General Regulations, can be found on the JCQ website.

Further support on conducting our task-based assessments can be found in the individual unit’s Admistrative Support Guide (ASG). You can find these ASGs by selecting the External assessments button on the left of the Course Materials tab, found at the top of each qualification’s webpage. 

You can expect to start receiving standard question papers from Monday 10 January 2022 for BTEC qualifications. You can expect to start receiving modified formats of question papers from Thursday 6 January 2022.  The yellow label service will be in place for this January series for centres in England to return BTEC scripts.  

Please see our Exams Officer support pages for more information on conducting external assessments. 

On demand assessments

All on-demand external assessments for BTEC Level 2 Firsts and Technicals are available for booking via Edexcel Online

Preparing learners for external assessment

Understanding BTEC External Assessment Mark Schemes

examWizard is an online resource containing a huge bank of past paper questions and support materials to help you create your own mock exams and tests. Available for BTEC and Functional Skills, as well as a range of GCSE, A level subjects, it is easy to use, intuitive and saves you valuable time.

How to use examWizard

Link to examWizard

You can find approved adaptations to internal assessment below. Please note all content must still be taught.

We are pleased to confirm our approved updated adaptations of 'streamlined assessment' for the Level 3 BTEC Nationals, Level 2 BTEC Technicals and Level 1/2 BTEC Firsts, below. 

Streamlined Internal Assessment 2021/2022 (PDF | 1.31 MB)

List of Vocational Qualifications 2021/2022 (PDF | 2.04 MB)

Approved adaptations for the Level 1/2 Tech Awards can be found on the link below, to confirm, all adaptations have been carried over from 2020/21 to 2021/22 academic year for these qualifications.

BTEC Tech Awards: Assessment adaptation guidance for 2021-2022 (PDF | 815 KB)

We've included below a series of sector guides designed to offer you guidance on how you might adapt delivery of BTEC qualifications from September 2021. These guides cover the following qualifications as well as additional sector-specific qualifications where appropriate:

  • BTEC Nationals
  • BTEC Firsts
  • BTEC Level 2 Technicals
  • BTEC Level 2 Industry Skills
  • BTEC Tech Awards
  • BTEC Entry Level and Level 1 Introductory
  • Workskills, PSD, Personal Growth and Wellbeing

Please choose from the list below to view or download your latest BTEC sector guide:

Sector Guides

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Please note: Any adaptations to assessment arrangements for 2021/2022 are not intended to be carried forward to 2022/2023. Schools and colleges should be preparing to deliver full assessment for those learners due to be assessed in 2023.