A summary of the Quality assurance of centre-assessment for Tech Awards 2019/20
Every year we review our sampling strategy for BTEC courses, with a view to ensuring the right balance between setting standards and manageability in centres. This year we are adjusting the sampling requirement for the BTEC Tech Awards to ensure that you can have confidence in the integrity of the qualification outcomes.
The information below is a quick at a glance summary, aligned with the guidance published in our Guide to Quality Assurance (September 2019) and our Guide to Standards Verification (December 2019).
Many centres are delivering the Tech Awards for the first time this year, therefore, we are tailoring our Standards Verifier support depending on the needs of each of your programmes.
Your quick guide to the BTEC Tech Award sampling changes:
|What happened in 2019||Has this changed?||What will happen in 2020||More information|
|We allocated a sector-specific Standards Verifier (SV) in January 2019||Yes||
This means each of your Tech Award courses will either receive "Enhanced" support and an SV will visit for sampling, or be "Medium" support and your SV will sample work remotely (electronically or via post - whichever your preference)
We will begin allocating SVs from 24 February 2020
|You appointed and registered a Lead IV who accessed Online Standardisation for Centre Assessors (OSCA) materials||No change||You appointed and registered a Lead IV who accessed Online Standardisation for Centre Assessors (OSCA) materials||The BTEC Centre Guide to Quality Assurance|
|We sampled one internally assessed component of the Tech Award||Yes||We will be sampling across both internally assessed components of the Tech Award||The BTEC Guide to Standards Verification|
|We sampled four pieces of learner work||Yes||
We will sample a minimum of six pieces of learner work; three on each component
(sample sizes increase slightly if you have more than 100 registrations)
|The BTEC Guide to Standards Verification|
|We required first sampling to be completed by 15 May to enable SV reports to be shared by 30 May||No change||We require first sampling to be completed by 15 May to enable SV reports to be shared by 30 May.||The BTEC Guide to Standards Verification|
|We released overall qualification results for the first time in August, on Level 2 (GCSE) results day||No change||
For students certificating this academic year, we will release overall qualification results in August on Level 2 (GCSE) results day.
Please note: Students that are resitting their external assessment in February to improve an overall qualification grade from last year, will be given their updated qualification grade on 1 April.
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