Delivering the new NQF BTEC 2016 Nationals in Applied Science

Thu Jun 30 13:52:00 UTC 2016

This update is to provide the current position of the new NQF BTEC 2016 Nationals in Applied Science reflecting on the ‘Getting Ready To Teach’, GRTT, events that have been delivered since the beginning of May 2016 across the UK including online too.

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I shall outline the free support and resources for the new BTEC 2016 Nationals in Applied Science that have been posted on the website, documents due to be posted shortly and of course information about the two student textbooks plus other published material.

You do not have to purchase our products to teach our qualifications.

You may decide to continue with the current QCF BTEC 2010 Nationals in Applied Science for a short while however there are implications for performance tables which you should be aware of, illustrated below. 

Q.1 Will the NQF BTEC 2016 Nationals in Applied Science programmes count in the 2017 & 2018 performance tables?

Answer: All NQF BTEC 2016 National programme sizes will count in the performance tables from 2018 onwards for all learners aged 16-23.

All NQF BTEC 2016 National programme sizes will not count in performance tables in 2017.

Q.2 Will the QCF BTEC 2010 Nationals in Applied Science programmes count in the 2017 & 2018 performance tables? 

Answer: All QCF BTEC 2010 National programme sizes will count in the performance tables in 2017 for the last time.
All QCF BTEC 2010 National programme sizes will not count in performance tables from 2018 onwards.

BTEC 2016 Nationals in Applied Science GRTT events

The face to face events have been fully booked with waiting lists creating demand for more events early autumn 2016 along with additional online events.

Questions asked by schools and FE colleges at these events have been diverse and numerous and we are collating and categorising them as we go along to produce a comprehensive FAQ list. We need to capture those delegates’ questions before we publish the FAQ list on the website. In the meantime you are welcome to email in your questions to Teachingscience@pearson.com 

We will be posting the presentation slides on our website for you to download.

Support & Resources

These were initially outlined at the autumn 2015 BTEC 2016 Nationals in Applied Science launch events. Essentially support is free via booking attendance for a GRTT event, receiving guidance  from your Standard Verifier and using Teachingscience@Pearson.com   

The following materials have now been posted on the website.

A teacher Guide to your new NQF BTEC 2016 Nationals in Applied Science can be downloaded below.

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Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills 

Equipment list release will be early in the academic year e.g. January 2017

Released Date
Practical Task (Part A)  3 April 2017
Supervised Practical (Part A)      3 April 2017 – 28 April 2017 - 3 hours
Write up (Part B)                       2 May 2017 – 8 May 2017 - 1h 30m
Submission deadline                 15 May 2017 

Published resources

I hope this clarifies some important issues and helps you in your planning.

Stephen Nugus, Science subject advisor
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UK: 020 7010 2190
Intl: +44 (0)20 7010 2190
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