Update on redeveloped BTEC Tech Awards for first teaching from September 2022

Fri Mar 19 08:45:00 UTC 2021

In September 2020 the DfE published the technical guidance for KS4 qualifications to be included in 2024 performance tables in England. In order to meet these new requirements, Pearson has submitted the following re-developed BTEC Tech Award qualifications for approval for 2024 performance tables. Following approval, they will be available for first teaching September 2022:

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  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Animal Care
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Art and Design Practice 
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Child Development 
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Construction  
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Creative Media Production 
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Digital Information Technology 
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Engineering 
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise  
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care 
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Music Practice 
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts 
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Sport  
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Travel and Tourism

We've retained many key features of our current BTEC Tech Awards:

  • simple 3 component structure in most sectors
  • current Tech Awards have 40% external assessment, so no change was needed to meet new requirements. 

New additions to meet KS4 performance measure requirements will include:

  • engaging Pearson Set Assignments for internal components, released with plenty of time for preparation and assessment to suit your programme timetable
  • mark-based and moderated assessments that are compensatory within each component and across the qualification giving learners more opportunities to achieve. 

We will be launching draft specifications later this year following regulator feedback and will be holding launch events at that time. To receive updates about these redeveloped qualifications and future launch event dates, complete the sign up form.

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Reminder of current KS4 qualifications on performance tables until 2023

The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that qualifications approved for inclusion in the KS4 2020 performance tables will also be included in performance tables for 2021, 2022 and 2023.

We are therefore very pleased to confirm that our BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Awards and seven of our BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Awards on 2020 performance tables will continue to count towards 2021, 2022 and 2023 Key Stage 4 performance tables. You can continue to register learners onto these qualifications for completion in 2023.

Update: Key Stage 4 technical qualifications performance tables (PDF | 464KB)

Here is a reminder of the qualifications approved for inclusion in the 2022 KS4 performance tables which will be carried forward and approved for inclusion in the 2023 KS4 performance tables. 

BTEC First Awards in: BTEC Tech Awards in: 
Animal Care Health & Social Care 
Art and Design Performing Arts (with Production Arts route) 
CPLD (2018) Engineering 
Construction and the Built Environment (2018)  Creative Media Production
Music Enterprise 
Sport (2018)  Digital Information Technology 
Travel and Tourism (2018)  Art & Design Practice 
  Child Development
  Music Practice 
  Sport, Activity and Fitness
  Travel and Tourism
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