Art, Design and Media July update

20 July 2023

Welcome to the July update from your Subject Advisor.  

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First and foremost, a huge thank you for all your hard work this year! It was a year of improvement and change, and as always, our Art, Design and Media teachers have shown their brilliance. Whether it is the welcome return of face-to-face training, the challenges of running new qualifications, the first time delivering GCE and GCSE Component 2 since 2019, and many other exciting developments, well done!

Enjoy your well-deserved summer break and results days. I am looking forward to supporting you even more next year.  

Now for some key updates in Art, Design and Media to help you finish out the term and prepare for next year. This July update includes:


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  Getting Ready for Results Days

Results Dates 


Qualification

Date released to centre

Date released to student

BTEC Level 3 Nationals 

9 August 2023

17 August 2023

A Level

16 August 2023 

17 August 2023

BTEC Level 1/2 Firsts, Tech Award (2017)

16 August 2023

24 August 2023 

GCSE, International GCSE,  BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award (2022)*

23 August 2023

24 August 2023

*BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award (2022) will have internally assessed unit results from Summer 2023 series published on August results' days. First external assessment and certification on these programmes will be in Summer 2024. 

Results Support

If you are a centre with a concern about a student's results, you can use our post-results services.

Find out more about post-results services


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  GCSE and A Level Updates

Planning for September

There are a wide range of support materials available are on the GCSE and A Level course materials pages that can help guide you through planning, delivery and assessment.

Highlighted below is a selection of resources from the course materials pages that centres may find especially helpful when planning for next school year.

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Face-to-Face and Online Training

We are very pleased to announce the dates for our face-to-face and online coursework marking training events next academic year! In our face-to-face sessions teachers will have the opportunity to mark actual Component 1 and Component 2 portfolios across a range of titles and levels from the most recent exam series, with senior members of the examining team guiding them through assessment decisions. GCSE events will take place in London, Birmingham and York, whilst A level events will take place in London and York. 

Find out more information and book your place

Research Opportunity 

The Art and Design team will be running a focus group over the summer break to discuss future support materials across endorsed titles in Art and Design. The focus group will be conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams and should last approximately 1.5 hours. To compensate you for your time, we are able to offer £30 Amazon vouchers to each participant.

Complete this form if you are interested in taking part


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  BTEC Updates

Planning for September

There are a wide range of support materials available are on the BTEC course materials pages that can help guide you through planning, delivery and assessment.

Select the qualification below to navigate to the course materials page. If your course is not listed, you can access the course materials at the top of the qualification page.

BTEC Tech Awards (2022)

As we finish the first year of the new Tech Awards, I want to say thank you for all your hard work and resilience. We have taken on your feedback and will continue to improve our support next school year. Make sure you also check out the course materials for these qualifications above - a lot of you have fedback how helpful and supportive these resources are, so thank you!

Please note, the legacy Tech Awards are now closed, with final certification this summer.

To help you deliver the new Tech Award qualifications, we have created fantastic published resources for our new BTEC Tech Awards to help with planning, teaching and assessment.  

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Overview of Assessment Availability - BTEC Tech Awards in Art and Design Practice (2022) 

BTEC Tech Awards in Art and Design Practice (2022)

Overview of Assessment Availability - BTEC Tech Awards in Creative Media Production (2022) 

BTEC Tech Awards in Creative Media Production (2022)

BTEC Higher Nationals

We are set to launch our new BTEC Higher Nationals qualifications for Art, Design and Media in September 2023 alongside our existing qualifications. Our aim is to give you more flexibility and scope when designing your curriculum so we hope you enjoy our new titles.

Lead Examiner Role

We are currently recruiting a Lead Examiner for BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Art and Design Practice. More details about this role and requirements can be found on the page linked below.

Find out more about the Lead Examiner role


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  Training Available

Live Training

Art, Design and Media courses will continue to be updated on the live training page for autumn term. We already have several courses on offer for next school year so you can book now and get the date in your calendar.

Find and book live training

Recorded Training

If you are unable to find a course you can attend live, we have a range of pre-recorded training courses available to help you. They can be watched at a time that suits you, shared with colleagues and revisited when needed.

Find and watch recorded training

BTEC Training

Our BTEC support page includes bite-sized videos, links to free online events, useful centre guides and documents as well as additional support.

Explore BTEC training and support


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  Helpful Resources and Inspiration

Importance of the Arts in Education

The importance of the arts in education and the value they bring to young people is at the heart of what we do. Designing courses that give students an authentic Art, Design and Media experience is a priority and it is vital that we continue to raise the profile of our subjects in education and beyond. As such, I have included a range of external resources that you may find invaluable to your own promotion of Art, Design and Media.

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Art Now Inquiry

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft and Design in Education (APPG) has published the Art Now Inquiry, a timely evidence-and-recommendation-filled report. This report is a must read for understanding the state of art education now and seeks to identify why – increasingly – policies in education are impacting on the provision of our subject. 

Read the Art Now Inquiry

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Art and Design Research Review

The Victoria and Albert museum welcomed guests from the world of art education to launch their Art and Design Research Review. You can listen to some of the discussions, questions and answers about the review.

Listen to and read the Art and Design Research Review launch

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Why study art?

Find out why art education is important from artists, young people and major cultural figures.

Why study art?

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The Arts in Schools: Foundations for the Future

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and A New Direction published The Arts in Schools: Foundations for the Future' report, calling on policymakers to ascribe greater value to the role of the arts as part of a rethink of the state education sector.

Read the Arts in Schools report


   
  2023-2024 Dates

BTEC Tech Awards

The new Tech Award (2022) dates have been confirmed for the 2023-2024 school year. Follow this link for more information. 
 
Tech Awards Key Dates 2023-2024

Timetables

Exam and external assessment timetables have been confirmed for the 2023-2024 school year. Follow this link for more information. You can also find a breakdown of confirmed dates for each qualification below. 
 
Exam and external assessment timetables

Exam series

Examination code

Title

Date

Time

Duration

Jun-24

9HT0 01

Paper 1: Visual analysis and themes

Monday 20 May

Afternoon

3h 00m

Jun-24

9HT0 02

Paper 2: Periods

Monday 03 June

Morning

3h 00m


Exam series

Examination code

Unit

Duration

Release date

Submission deadline

Jun-24

BAD02 

Component 2

20 hours  

15/01/24 

10/05/2024 


Exam series

Examination code

Unit

Duration

Release Date/Window start 

Submission deadline

Jun-24

BCM03

Component 3

10 hours  

15/01/2024 

10/05/2024 

Exam series

Examination code

Unit

Duration

Release Date

Submission deadline

Task/Test

Jun-24 

20478E

Unit 2*

N/A

08/01/2024

N/A - Visiting Moderation* 

Task

Jun-24

21913G 

Unit 2* (Welsh)

N/A

08/01/024

N/A - Visiting Moderation* 

Task

*Please refer to the Administrative Support Guide for moderation dates

Exam series

Examination code

Unit

Time

Duration

Release Date

Task/Test

Jun-24

21526E

Unit 1

Afternoon

1 hour

15/05/2024

Exam

Jun-24

21647E

Unit 8

Morning

1 hour

05/06/2024

Exam

Exam series

Examination code

Unit

Time

Duration

Release Date

Task/Test

Jan-24

21526E

Unit 1

Morning

1 hour

10/01/2024

Exam
Jan-24

21647E

Unit 8

Morning

1 hour

12/01/2024

Exam

Jun-24

21526E

Unit 1

Afternoon

1 hour

15/05/2024

Exam

Jun-24

21647E

Unit 8

Morning

1 hour

05/06/2024

Exam

Exam series 

Examination code 

Duration 

Release Date 

Window start

Window end 

Jan-24 

31828H 

3 h 30 min

10/01/2024 

10/01/2024 

17/01/2024 

Pre-release 

31828H 

15 hr

20/11/2023 

20/11/2023 

10/01/2024 

Pre-release / Jan-24 

31832H 

15 hr

04/12/2023 

04/12/2023 

19/01/2024 

Pre-release / Jun-24

31832H

15 hr

26/02/2024

26/02/2024

10/05/2024 

Pre-release

31828H

Prep: 15hours

(3 hours monitored) 

25/03/2024

25/03/2024

13/05/2024

Jun-24

31827H

Prep: 33 hours

(8 hours monitored) Supervised 3 hours

08/01/2024

22/04/2024

26/04/2024

Jun-24

31833H

Prep: 20 hours (monitored)

Supervised 25 hours

04/03/2024

04/03/2024

10/05/2024 

Jun-24

31828H

3 hours 30 minutes

07/05/2024

07/05/2024

13/05/2024

Exam series 

Examination code 

Duration 

Release Date 

Window start

Window end 

Submission deadline

Jan-24

31668H

2 hours

08/01

/24*

15/01/2024

16/01/2024

16/01/24

Pre-release

31672H

18 hours

04/12

/23

04/12/2023

19/01/2024

 

Jan-24

31672H

2 hours

22/01

/24

22/01/2024

24/01/2024

24/01/24

Pre-release / Jan-24

31674H

12 h and 6 h

11/12

/23

11/12/2023

12/01/2024

15/01/24

Jun-24

31670H

Prep: 5 hours (monitored) Supervised

20 hours

26/02

/24

26/02/2024

01/05/2024 

 

03/05/2024

Pre-release

31672H 

18 hours

25/03

/24 

25/03/2024

10/05/2024

 

Pre-release / Jun-24

31674H

12 hours and 

6 hours

15/04

/24*

01/05/2024

02/05/2024 

07/05/24

Jun-24

31668H 

2 hours

20/05/24* 

03/06/2024

04/06/2024

06/06/24

Jun-24

31672H

2 hours

13/05

/24

13/05/2024

16/05/2024 

20/05/24

*This material is released prior to the window start date to allow centres to organise computer access. It must not be released to learners until the supervised period begins.

 

Thank you!

I hope you found this update useful. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me using the contact details below. 

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