Important information for centres intending to deliver Pearson BTEC Security qualifications

Fri Jun 12 08:24:00 UTC 2015

If you have BTEC Security tests taking place from 1 August, you'll need to notify us of all test dates and venues at least 5 days in advance. Learn more about the process here.

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Last year, we introduced a test inspections programme for centres running the Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award in Door Supervision (QCF). This was an additional quality assurance measure to give confidence in the way these tests are conducted. The yearly test inspection programme is now part of our quality assurance model for all Pearson BTEC Security qualifications.

This year's vocational test inspections programme will operate from 1 August 2015 and will include all onscreen and paper-based tests for Pearson BTEC Security qualifications, including Pearson BTEC (Scotland) qualifications.

QCA code

Qualification title

601/5081/6

Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Providing Security Services (QCF)

R431 04

Pearson BTEC Award for Upskilling a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6

601/5233/3

Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award for Upskilling a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry (QCF)

R433 04

Pearson BTEC Award for Working as a CCTV Operator (Public Space Surveillance) within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6

601/5247/3

Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award for Working as a CCTV Operator (Public Space Surveillance) within the Private Security Industry (QCF)

601/5231/X

Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award for Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry (QCF)

R432 04

Pearson BTEC Award for Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6

601/5232/1

Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry (QCF)

R430 04

Pearson BTEC Award for Working as a Security Officer within the Private Security Industry (Scotland) at SCQF Level 6

601/5249/7

Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award for Working as a Vehicle Immobiliser within the Private Security Industry (QCF)

601/5229/1

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate for Working as a Close Protection Operative within the Private Security Industry (QCF)

601/4331/9

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators (QCF)

601/1249/9

Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award in Conflict Management (QCF)

What do I need to do?

If you have Pearson BTEC Security tests taking place from 1 August 2015, you'll need to notify us of all test dates and venues. Use this form to give us this information at least 5 days in advance of the test.

BTEC Security qualifications test notification form

What information do I need to provide?

We understand that you may not be able to confirm exact learner names 5 days in advance of the test, so we only require you to submit the following information:

  • Your centre details
  • Qualification title of the test
  • Test Manager contact details
  • Test date, time and venue
  • Estimated number of learners expected.

Why do I need to provide the test dates?

It's important that you inform us of all test dates and venues for Pearson BTEC Security tests that are taking place from 1 August, as we will be monitoring notified test dates against tests taken. We will follow up with you where we believe a test has been taken without notifying us.

What happens next?

We will randomly select centres for test inspection visits. No advance notice of the test inspection visits will be given to you. These visits will help us ensure that tests are being conducted in line with our requirements.

On the day of a test you may be visited by one of our appointed test inspectors. The test inspector will bring suitable identification with them to allow you to verify their identity. We ask that you provide the test inspector with the information and assistance they require during the test inspection visit. You will receive feedback from us following the visit about the conduct of the test.

We'll contact you in July 2015 with further details about the security test notification form and the process for the unannounced test inspection visits.

Where can I find out more?

You can read the FAQs below for more information, and contact
vqtestinspections@pearson.com if you have any further questions.

Frequently asked questions

You should carry on arranging your tests as normal. Please notify us of any tests you are conducting from 1 August for BTEC Security qualifications. 

Yes. We understand that you will not always know which learners will be taking the test on a particular date. You only need to notify us of the test date and venue, and inform us of estimated numbers.  

No. Once you have informed us of the test date, you should proceed with the test as normal. 

You should complete one form for each test and indicate on the form the estimated numbers of students starting the test at each start time. 

Yes, you should email us at vqtestinspections@pearson.com if you need to cancel the test or change the test date or venue, at least 24 hours before the test.

You should email us at vqtestinspections@pearson.com if you need to cancel the test, or change the test date or venue at least 24 hours prior to the test. 

You should email us at vqtestinspections@pearson.com if you need to cancel the test, or change the test date or venue at least 24 hours prior to the test. 

Some centres will be visited more than once. 

You will be contacted so we can confirm that you understand the requirements of the test inspections process. All centres offering these tests are required to complete the form. 

If malpractice is found during the visit, a formal investigation will take place. 

These visits will help ensure that centres are delivering vocational tests in line with our requirements and protect the integrity of the qualification. 

All centres in the UK that offer BTEC Security are included in the test inspections process.  

No, all centres in UK that offer BTEC Security are included in the test inspections process.  

You will receive a report within 5 working days of the visit.  

Yes, it affects both onscreen and paper-based tests for BTEC Security qualifications. 

The visit will be unannounced and you will not receive any notification of a visit.  

You will be asked to provide a Test Manager name on the Security test notification form. This information is required for the test inspector to contact and liaise with. 

The form must be submitted at least 5 days in advance of the BTEC Security test; however, you can submit the form earlier than this. 

Yes, you must notify us of each test. 

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