Assessment arrangements in light of COVID-19

Tue Mar 24 09:25:00 UTC 2020

In light of the recent announcements in relation to Covid-19 and centre closures, we have put together some questions and answers that we hope will help explain our current plans for continuing with standards verification, and our position on assessment for BTEC.

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BTEC International Assessment FAQs

Question  Answer Useful links
What is happening to centre visits carried out by Pearson?

As the current situation (with COVID-19: Coronavirus) is evolving, the best advice suggests taking high-precaution measures. 

Our main priority is to ensure learners are not disadvantaged and our people are safe. We’ve therefore taken a decision to carry out all quality assurance of vocational programmes remotely for the foreseeable future. 

BTEC centre approval visits are also affected by this decision.

 
My centre is about to submit a new Centre approval application, will it be held up?  It is likely that new approval applications will be affected at this time.  
My centre is due to have implementation training, will it go ahead?

Centres will be informed of any alternative arrangements for BTEC implementation training already scheduled for the next few weeks.

Centres should contact the Customer Services Team if they need more information: PQS.Internationaleo@pearson.com

 
How will Pearson carry out external verification?

Standards Verifiers (SVs) will get in touch with centres to arrange for sampling materials to be sent to them remotely and will not be carrying out visits as per the usual BTEC quality assurance process.

The allocated SV will identify which programmes are included in their sample. If you are delivering other programmes within the same sector that are not mentioned, please alert the SV to this. If you are delivering BTEC programmes across multiple sectors, a Standards Verifier will be allocated to each sector. 

An update: Quality Assurance arrangements for BTEC programmes Levels 1-7 and

the International Quality Assurance handbook 02 Standards Verification for BTEC QCF Entry-Level 7 International 2019-20 provide more information.

Int, QA handbook: Postal sampling pp.13-15
Are all Pearson qualifications affected? Yes, all qualifications are affected by the current restrictions.

20.3.20 Latest international update for schools

 

FAQS for GQ on web


FAQs for VQ(UK)

Are Pearson Assured visits still being carried out?

Pearson Assured approval visits will not be carried out at this time. 

Existing Pearson Assured centres with review visits due before 31 July 2020 will have their approval period extended to this date initially. We will continue to review the situation.  

 
If the centre already has approval for one subject can they still apply for new subjects? Yes. An approved BTEC centre should complete a qualification approval application for additional programmes by sending in assignment briefs for one core unit, CVs for the teachers, plus photos clearly showing that they have appropriate facilities. Centre-devised specifications should also be submitted if applying to offer a Higher National Programme.  

When will centre visits start again?

At this point in time, the best advice suggests taking high-precaution measures. However, we will continue to monitor the situation in the light of advice given by governments and local authorities in the markets in which we operate. We will resume visits as soon as it is safe to do so.  
Will centres be able to claim certificates if sampling has only taken place once this year?

It is our priority to ensure that no learners are disadvantaged at this time. Arrangements will be put in place between the centre and the Standards Verifier to ensure that a sufficient sample is taken to enable certification.  The required standard must still be met. The Standards Verifier will be able to advise if you have specific concerns.   

Centres can also contact the International Customer Services Team for more information: PQS.Internationaleo@pearson.com

 
Will there be any delay in releasing certificates?

It is our priority to ensure that no learners are disadvantaged at this time. Arrangements will be put in place between the centre and the Standards Verifier to ensure that a sufficient sample is taken to enable certification. The required standard must still be met. The Standards Verifier will be able to advise if you have any specific concerns. 

Centres can also contact the International Customer Services Team for more information: PQS.Internationaleo@pearson.com

 
Will certificates be issued in time for learners wishing to top up/continue to foreign universities for September start? 

It is our priority to ensure that no learners are disadvantaged at this time. Arrangements will be put in place between the centre and the Standards Verifier to ensure that a sufficient sample is taken to enable certification. The required standard must still be met. The Standards Verifier will be able to advise if you have any specific concerns. 

Centres can also contact the international Customer Services Team for more information: PQS.Internationaleo@pearson.com

20.3.20 Latest international update for schools

 

What support is available for centres to select the correct work samples for remote sampling?

The Standards Verifier will be able to advise centres on compiling the sample when they get in touch to arrange this activity. 

See An update: Quality Assurance arrangements for BTEC programmes Levels 1-7.

The International Quality Assurance handbook 02 Standards Verification for BTEC QCF Entry-Level 7 International 2019-20 provides more information.

Centres can also contact the international Customer Services Team for more information: PQS.Internationaleo@pearson.com

Int, QA handbook: Postal sampling pp.13-15

How should the centre send the sample to the Standards Verifier?

The Standards Verifier will be able to advise centres about submitting the sample when they get in touch to make necessary arrangements.  Wherever possible centres should email password- protected copies to the SV.

Centres can also contact the international Customer Services Team for more information: PQS.Internationaleo@pearson.com

See An update: Quality Assurance arrangements for BTEC programmes Levels 1-7


The International Quality Assurance handbook 02 Standards Verification for BTEC QCF Entry-Level 7 International 2019-20 provides information about preparing and sending sampled work.

Int, QA handbook: Postal sampling p.13
What if the sample gets lost?

Where possible centres should email password-protected samples to the Standards Verifier.

Centres must not send original learner work for sampling. If the sample is lost in transit another copy should be sent.

Int, QA handbook: Postal sampling pp.13-15
Will Pearson send back the sample? Samples will not be returned, so centres must ensure that they only send copies of learner work.  
How will remote sampling take place if a programme is being delivered in a local language? The centre has the option of either translating the materials, or they can assign a translator to attend a remote meeting with the SV to translate the materials verbally. In some cases, where there are small cohorts, it may be appropriate for an online translation tool to be used. If so  this will need to be tested for accuracy.  
Is there an official Pearson communication about this?

For Vocational centre: An update: Quality Assurance arrangements for BTEC programmes Levels 1-7


For Global Schools: Update from Pearson regarding the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak

20.3.20 Latest international update for schools

 

FAQS for GQ on web


FAQs for VQ(UK)

What is the charge for remote sampling? Remote sampling is charged at a minimum of a full-day plus half-day rate (1.5 days).  
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