Starting your new BTEC in Art and Design or Creative Digital Media Production

2 September 2014

This article is for department heads, curriculum managers and teachers planning to run a BTEC in Art and Design or Creative Digital Media Production for the first time from September 2014.

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The BTEC home page

The BTEC home page is the hub for all of the information that you could possibly need when you begin to think about running any BTEC programme in your centre.

This page contains lots of information including the latest BTEC News and related government announcements, it will also take you to a variety of other areas of the website such as:

  • Quality Assurance Training
  • Assignment Checking Service
  • Published Resources

Centre approvals

If your centre does not offer any BTECs at present, the centre will need to apply for approval to run a BTEC programme.

Find out more on our Becoming a centre page.

If your centre has approval to run other BTECs, qualification approval must be gained before you can deliver any of the BTEC Art, Design or Media programmes.

Find out more on our Qualification approval page.

Your exams officer will be the colleague who applies for approvals through Edexcel Online, but your Head of Centre, Head Teacher or Principal, will sign the centre declaration.

Quality nominees

Centres which run a number of BTECs, elect a 'Quality Nominee' within the centre and this person ensures that the BTECs within the centre are operating within our Quality Assurance systems. Often the QN is a member of the SMT, such as a Deputy Head Teacher or Vice-Principal for Curriculum or similar role.

Find out more about electing a Quality Nominee.

If you're a teacher and are thinking about offering a BTEC in Art, Design or Media at your centre, you will need to find out who the Quality Nominee is and discuss this with them first. They will need to inform us that you are the Lead Internal Verifier (LIV) for the new course.

See Assessment, Internal Verification and Standards Verification.

Course management

It's very important that the person who is to manage the course itself, the Course Leader, has a thorough understanding of the BTEC Quality assurance processes which ensure that assessment and internal standardisation are rigorous. 

Key documents

Read more about our new guidelines on the Internal Assessment of QCF and NQF BTECs on our BTEC assessment and verification forms page.

The guide to writing assignment briefs for NQF BTEC Firsts introduces assessment tools and assignments, explains assignment briefs and gives step-by-step advice on every stage of producing a brief.

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Teaching support materials

On the NQF BTEC Firsts in Art and Design page and the NQF BTEC Firsts in Creative Digital Media Production page you will find:

  • Specification information on the qualification: QAN numbers, structures, programme delivery, internal assessment, external assessment, awarding and reporting, quality assurance, units – learning aims, content guidance and assessment criteria.
  • Sample Assessment Materials (SAMs): examples of the external examination paper.
  • Delivery Guide - a companion document to your specification - contains ideas for practical activities, realistic scenarios and independent learning and shows how the content of the specification might work in practice and can inspire you to find challenging ways to deliver the course.
  • Authorised Assignment Briefs: assignments which can be used/modified in your centre, but must be internally verified before delivery.
  • Annual SESV Reports: Senior Examining Standards Verifier feedback for the previous exam series.
  • Externally Set Task: current and past papers
  • Training Event Materials: PowerPoint presentations of previous training events.

External tests on NQF level 2 courses

For Art and Design, you will find details of when the externally set task papers are released in Section 9 of the Specification. To help you with the administration of the externally-set tasks in Art and Design, please read our Administrative Support Guide - units 2 and 7 under course materials - external assessments on the Art and Design page.

For Creative Digital Media Production, there are also details of the external assessment in Section 9 of the specification and you can see our Exam timetables page for the paper-based tests.

QCF BTEC Nationals in Art and Design and Creative Media Production

If you're planning to deliver a QCF BTEC National for Level 3 learners, similar information can also be found on the qualification page for QCF BTEC Nationals in Art and Design or QCF BTEC Nationals in Creative Media Production


myBTEC is an online toolkit to support BTEC planning, delivery and assessment - with services to support building courses and creating assignments. Resources and Progress Tracker services will follow later this year. If you're an approved BTEC centre in the UK, myBTEC is free to access. You will need an Edexcel Online login, which you can get from your Exams Officer. If you have any problems logging into the site, please write to our support team on or telephone 0844 463 2535 free.

The BTEC Art and Design subject page

The BTEC Art and Design subject page is regularly updated by Susan Young, the Art, Design and Media Subject Advisor, to keep you informed about: new developments in the qualifications; the teaching and delivery of these subjects; exciting events, exhibitions, conferences and competitions; and useful resources.

I hope that you have found this information useful. If you would like to receive regular eUpdates, please write to me at or

Best wishes,


Susan Young, Art, Design and Media subject advisor
Susan YoungArt, Design and Media
UK: 0330 058 3836
Intl: +44 (0)330 058 3836
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