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16-19 Study Programmes
Many of you will already be planning for the introduction of the 16-19 Study Programmes from this September. Find out more here.

Guide to BTEC Level 3 equivalencies for schools and colleges in England
Read our summary of how the different equivalence measures affect schools, colleges and students taking BTEC Nationals at Level 3.

Updated: DfE consultation on 16-19 accountability measures
In March 2014 the government published its response to the 16-19 accountability consultation for England. Read our summary of the response here.

Updated: DfE publishes qualifications for 16-19 performance tables (England) 2016
An updated list of qualifications to be included in 16-19 performance tables for England from 2016 is now available. Read our summary and FAQs here.

Help us shape the new BTEC Nationals courses starting from 2016
Mary James, Head of BTEC Nationals Redevelopment at Pearson, explains how you can get involved in shaping the new BTEC Nationals courses starting from 2016.

BTEC Nationals (2010) extended to 31 December 2017 – your options from 2016
We've extended the last registrations date for the current BTEC Nationals (2010) to 31 December 2017.

Applied General and Tech Level initial Lists published
Find out what that means for your new BTEC National qualifications from September 2016.

Updates to BTEC Nationals (2016) specifications
Following the release of the initial Lists of Applied General and Tech Level qualifications in January 2016, we've published revised specifications for your new BTEC Nationals (2016).

BTEC Nationals (QCF) in Technical Baccalaureates (2018 completions)
An important notice for centres intending to use BTEC Nationals (QCF) as part of a Technical Baccalaureate (Tech Bacc).

DfE announces final 16-19 Applied General and Tech Level lists for England (2018 results)
The Department for Education has announced the final 16-19 Performance Measures lists for England (2018 results).

The Sainsbury Review and Post-16 Skills Survey
On 8 July 2016, the government published the report of an independent panel set up to review post-16 technical education (The Sainsbury Review) plus their Post-16 Skills Survey which outlines how the review’s recommendations should be implemented.

More improvements to BTEC assessment admin
Following feedback from teaching and training professionals across the country, we’re working on reducing the amount of assessment admin required for our BTEC qualifications.

External assessment papers now available for Units 1 and 7
You can now download external assessment papers for your BTEC Nationals in Art and Design.

External assessment papers now available for Unit 3
You can now download external assessment papers for your BTEC Nationals in Performing Arts.

BTEC Nationals (2016 and 2017) Set Tasks - simpler guidance and clearer processes
We’re letting you know in advance about improvements to the structure and processes for some of the externally assessed Set Tasks in your new BTEC Nationals (2016 and 2017).

BTEC Nationals (2010) updated approval dates
All last review dates for BTEC Nationals (2010), have now been aligned to 31st August 2019.

Changes to 'must pass' rule for BTEC Nationals
Ofqual announces changes to level 3 qualifications for learners who narrowly miss a pass grade

Change to dates and times for Unit 1 and Unit 5 exam papers
Change to dates and times for Unit 1 and Unit 5 exam papers

Change to dates and times for Unit 1 exam paper
Change to dates and times for Unit 1 exam paper

More about changes for 'narrow miss' passes on BTEC Nationals
Ofqual announces changes to level 3 qualifications for learners who narrowly miss a pass grade

Changes to external tasks for BTEC Nationals
Information on changes made to the pre-release materials and instructions around externally assessed tasks and updated assessment materials reflecting this.

BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Art & Design: New assessment window added for Unit 6
For 2019 only, to ease the crowded summer exam timetable, we have added an additional exam window.

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