BTEC Tech Awards December 2023 Update

21 January 2024

This is the first of a regular series of updates in which we’ll keep you updated with the latest news and support for the Pearson BTEC Tech Awards (2022). 

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For further support, see our teaching, learning and assessment page.

As we approach the first availability of external assessments this January*, remember that the terminal assessment rule requires learners to take the external assessment at the end of their qualification (when the learner is due to certificate). This means that learners must sit internal component assessments either prior to or in the same series as the external assessment to fulfil this terminal rule.

If a learner chooses to retake an internal assessment in a series after they sat the terminal external assessment, they will also need to resit the external component to satisfy the terminal rule. 

Learners are allowed one resit of the external assessment within the programme.

Watch our video about retaking assessments.

*Creative subjects do not include a January series for external assessment.

You will submit certification claims for the new BTEC Tech Awards during the series in which learners are sitting their terminal external assessment. You will do this using the cash-in code for the qualification, which you can find in our Information Manual.

You can make certification claims during the normal entry window for the assessment series. If you have a learner who sits their terminal assessment in January and is happy with their result, you will be able to submit a late claim following the release of January results. However, if a learner is not happy with their results and intends to resit in the May/June series, you may choose to delay claiming until making their resit entry.

Read our updated BTEC Tech Award certification FAQs for more detailed information around the claiming process.

The process for selecting the moderation sample for Components 1 and 2 in the new Tech Award in Sport (2022) changed in the summer 2023 series.

In previous series, moderators contacted you to agree the sample of learners before they could be uploaded to Learner Work Transfer (LWT). However, as of this year, to avoid delays to moderation, the sample does not need to be agreed by the moderator.

You can now select the sample from those with video evidence and submit the work directly to LWT by the mark submission deadline of 15 December. Your moderator will contact the Programme Lead during May, but centres should not wait for contact before uploading samples.

To ensure your sample contains the correct number of learners and range of marks, please refer to page 9 of the updated administrative support guide.

You can find all the live and on-demand training resources you need for Tech Awards on our BTEC Tech Awards training and resources page. Bookmark this page for any time you need to book a new live training session or review recordings of past sessions.

Explore our BTEC Tech Awards training and resources.

We have created a range of BTEC Bitesize videos to support you in a number of sectors. Use the following links to watch each subject’s playlist.

If you require subject-specific support, please contact our subject advisors.
You can sign up to subject newsletters and book one-to-one meetings with your subject advisor on our website.

Meet your subject advisor and see how they can support you.

All the quality assurance you need for BTEC Tech Awards is available on our website, including the 2023-24 Centre Guide to Quality Assurance, updated bitesize videos on key processes and the assessment record template.
We invite centres to attend our Quality Assurance for the BTEC Tech Awards online event. Our January to July dates are now published, so book your place using the following link.

Find everything you need for BTEC Tech Awards quality assurance.

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