October Art, Design and Media Update | Pearson qualifications

Art, Design and Media October update

17 October 2023

Welcome to the October update from your Subject Advisor.  

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I hope the school year has gone well for you and your learners so far and that you have the opportunity to use the resources and support available in this update in your planning, delivery, and assessment of our Art, Design and Media qualifications.

We continue to utilise your feedback to further develop and improve our qualifications so please do reach out if there is anything you would like to see in these updates. Also, it has been lovely meeting so many of you in our training and network events as well as discussing your questions and feedback through our support portal. I am looking forward to working with you all this year!

Now for some key updates in Art, Design and Media to help you this school year. You can click on the relevant link below to navigate directly to that section.

This October update includes:


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  A Level and GCSE Updates

Planning Resources

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

Support Videos

Check out our new series of bitesize videos for A Level and GCSE Art and Design to help you understand your centre moderation reports as well as evidence and assess the Assessment Objectives this year. International GCSE Art and Design bitesize videos are currently being developed and will be included in future updates once published.

To access your Centre Moderation report, log into Edexcel Online and select the relevant qualification (GCE or GCSE). You can then select 'Results' > 'Moderator Reports' and the relevant series, which will generate the report in your Edexcel Online mailbox.

Please note, International GCSE Art and Design does not receive a centre moderation report because it is externally assessed. Centre moderation reports are for qualifications that are internally assessed and externally moderated.

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Principal Examiner / Moderator Reports

You can find the Principal Examiner / Moderator reports in he 'Exams Materials' category under the drop-down menu for the relevant year. 

This report discusses the quality of work submitted in the series, including helpful feedback and recommendations for future series.

You will need an Edexcel Online login to access any padlocked secure materials.


Moderation Feedback

We would love your feedback on how moderation is communicated to centres. Take this short, 5 minute survey ⏱ and you'll be entered into a prize draw for a £30 Amazon voucher upon completion. Share your thoughts and help us continue to improve our qualifications and support!

Complete the moderator report feedback survey

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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! 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. 

We are also launching a series of network events to meet with relevant experts and discuss questions and ideas for our qualifications.

Find out more information and book your place

Here are the links to free face-to-face training which are invaluable for seeing the artwork in person:

Sign up for A Level Art and Design face-to-face training

Sign up for GCSE Art and Design face-to-face training


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  BTEC Updates

Planning Resources

There are a wide range of support materials available 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.

Assignment Checking Service

Our free assignment checking service for BTEC centres helps you to make sure that your assignments allow learners to demonstrate appropriate evidence in the required criteria.

Access our free assignment checking service for BTEC

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  BTEC Level 3 Nationals

Level 3 Reforms

We are currently in the process of redeveloping our BTEC National Art, Design and Media qualifications and they will be shared in good time for first teaching in September 2026. We regularly revisit our qualifications over a number of years, to ensure that they are up to date and meet the needs of learners in the current context of the subject.

If you sign up for Art, Design & Media updates, I will highlight upcoming training events, news and support available, including when drafts of these specifications are released.  

For now, you are able to continue to deliver the BTEC Level 3 National Art, Design and Media qualifications as normal and you can find more information in the links below.

Continue to teach BTEC with confidence

Read about the future of Level 3 vocational qualifications

Principal Examiner Reports

For the BTEC Nationals (2016), you can find the Principal Examiner reports in the 'External Assessments' category under the drop-down menu for the relevant year.

This report discusses the quality of work submitted for the series, including helpful feedback and recommendations for the future series.

You will need an Edexcel Online login to access any padlocked secure materials.

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  BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Awards (2022)

Here are some helpful links for the BTEC Tech Awards (2022):

View information and support for the Tech Awards

Access Tech Awards training and resources

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

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Principal Moderator Reports

For the BTEC Tech Awards (2022), you can find the Principal Moderator reports in the 'Internal Assessments' category under the 'Principal Examiner Report' drop-down menu.

This report discusses the quality of work submitted in the series, including helpful feedback and recommendations for future series.

You will need an Edexcel Online login to access any padlocked secure materials.

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)
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  International BTEC

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  T Levels

T Levels 

T Levels in Craft and Design and Media, Broadcast and Production draft specification content is available to those in the PVP group (Provider Validation Panel). Please view the latest T level update that includes a link to join our Provider Validation Panel and get the draft content.  In addition, you can sign up for T Level updates to get any future information.

View the latest T Level update

Join our Provider Validation Panel to get draft specification content

Sign up for future T Level updates

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  BTEC Higher Nationals

BTEC Higher Nationals

We have launched 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.

Resources for these qualifications can be accessed through HN Global.

Access BTEC Higher Nationals resources and support on HN Global


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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

Pearson Profesional Development Academy

We have a range of Edexcel GCSE, A level and International GCSE Art and Design courses that can help you get the most out of the curriculum as well as improve the learning experience and outcomes of your students. 

Find and book training for GCSE, A Level and International GCSE Art and Design

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

Centre-based Training

Professional content delivered directly to your chosen audience. Our expert trainers lead our private sessions at a date and time convenient to you, facilitating a group-learning experience for your school or college. 

Learn more and request centre-based training


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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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Black History Month at Birmingham Museums

Black History Month is an annual commemoration of the history and achievements of Black people in the UK. The aims of Black History Month are to promote knowledge and understanding of Black history and culture.

Find out more about Birmingham events and resources

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Black History Month at British Council

The British Council have collated some exciting Black British artists and organisations working today as suggested by our Arts colleagues in celebration of Black History Month.

Find out more about British Council resources

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Black History Month at Tate

This ​October is UK Black History Month and Tate is marking the occasion by hosting a series of Ten Minute Talks on Black, Asian and Ethnic minority art and artists from the collection.

Find out more about Tate Ten Minute Talks

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iJADE Conference 2023

The NSEAD iJADE 2023 Conference will be a hybrid event online, 24 November, and live, 25 November at the University of Chester, UK.

Learn more and register for the conference

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Association for Art History: Ways of Seeing Conference 2023

Conference for A level History of Art students and teachers, Saturday 25 November at the V&A Museum. The day includes talks, discussions and workshops on ways of thinking about art.

Learn more and register for the conference

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V&A Innovate

V&A Innovate is an annual National Schools Challenge, asking students in years 7, 8 and 9 to work in teams of 4 – 6 to design a solution to a real-world problem.

Learn more and register to take part

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V&A Mused

Mused is a place for young people to have fun with all things art, design, fashion, music and gaming. Absolutely everything on Mused is age appropriate and created with – and for – young people. 

Check out the V&A Mused resources

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Women at Work: 1900 to Now

Women at Work: 1900 to Now reveals the research and new acquisitions from the National Portrait Gallery and CHANEL Culture Fund project, Reframing Narratives: Women in Portraiture. This hardcover book showcases a selection of 123 women from 1900 to the present day who have made significant contributions historically, culturally, socially and academically in Britain and beyond.

Find out more about Women at Work: 1900 to Now

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AWARE

AWARE: Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions is a non-profit Association specialising in women artists and has a fantastic database of artists you could use to diversify your curriculum.

Search for artists on AWARE

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Toon Boom Animation

Delivering animation through our qualifications? Check out Toon Boom Animation's Storyboard Pro and Harmony software. The world’s largest 2D animation studios choose Toon Boom to bring their TV series and feature films from ideation to screen.

Find out more about Toon Boom Animation

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CREATEBritain

CreateBritain brings together every aspect of British Design and Creativity and is an excellent resource for qualifications with professional practice as part of the content (ie. Level 3 - Level 5).

Find out more about CREATEBritain


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  2023-2024 Dates

Key Dates for 2023-2024

Key dates have been confirmed for the 2023-2024 school year. Follow this link for more information. 
 
Key Dates 2023-2024

Exams Timetables

Exams timetables have been confirmed for the 2023-2024 school year. Follow this link for more information. 
 
Exams timetables

BTEC Tech Awards (2022)

The 2023-2024 Tech Awards (2022) dates have been published in this comprehensive document. 
 
BTEC Tech Awards (2022) Key Dates 2023-2024


 

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