BTEC Firsts improvements by sector

Find out more about how the upcoming BTEC Firsts improvements will be applied in your sector.

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We've listened to feedback from teaching professionals and we're making some improvements to your BTEC First qualifications from the 2018/19 academic year. From 1 September 2018, you’ll see:

  • More flexibility in the core units
    Your learners no longer have to aggregate a Pass across all the core units to pass the whole qualification.
  • Greater choice of optional units
    We’ve taken a selection of the optional units from the Diploma (the largest size) and we’re making them available in smaller sizes (Certificate and Extended Certificate) from 1 September 2018.
  • Registrations extended up to 31 December 2024 
    To give teaching professionals stability and time to plan, you can now continue registering new learners on the improved BTEC Firsts up to December 2024.

How does this apply to your sector?

We've put together a summary of what changes have been made in each subject. Click this link to download our sector guide for BTEC Firsts improvements: June 2018 update.

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