DfE update on re-sit opportunities for level 3 learners

Tue Aug 07 13:17:00 UTC 2018

We’re sharing with you an update the Department for Education (DfE) sent to us in late July 2018 about resit opportunities for learners studying BTEC level 3 qualifications included on the Applied General and Tech Level performance tables in England.  We’ll explain what they told us, and clarify what this means for you and your learners.

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The DfE has let us know:

“Ahead of courses commencing in September, Ministers have decided that whilst pre-existing qualifications are being offered alongside the new […] qualifications the additional retake opportunity should continue.”

What this means for you in 2018/19: Two resit opportunities

All learners:

  • currently studying any BTEC Level 3 National (RQF) or one of the four BTEC Level 3 Specialist Hospitality titles (Food and Beverage Supervision, Chef de Partie, Kitchen and Larder, Patisserie and Confectionery), or

  • registering from September 2018

will have a maximum of two opportunities to re-sit external assessments (three attempts in total).

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Your questions answered

All qualifications in the BTEC Level 3 Nationals (RQF) suite (including those not listed on performance tables in England). 

The rule will also apply to four BTEC Level 3 Specialist Hospitality titles (Food and Beverage Supervision, Chef de Partie, Kitchen and Larder, Patisserie and Confectionery) which include external assessment.

This rule applies to all learners registered in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The DfE sent us this information in late July after schools and colleges had broken up for the summer.

There’s no additional assessment window available in 2018.  The January 2019 exam series is the next opportunity for resits.

No - the usual rules apply which are:

  • The first entry is included in the registration fee.
  • Any entries after the first one are subject to the usual additional fees.

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