'First entry' definition changed for BTEC Firsts
The Department for Education (DfE) has changed the definition of what will count as 'first entry' for BTEC First qualifications.
Where a BTEC 'discounts' against a GCSE (if a learner studies both qualifications in a similar subject), only one of these results, the one that is 'entered' first, will be eligible for performance measures.
Until summer 2015 that 'entry' date for GCSE was the date of the first exam, while for BTEC the date was set at 5 July, irrespective of when the learner actually completed the qualification.
From 1 September 2015 this definition changed, so that the 'entry' date for BTEC Firsts became the actual certification date.
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