April BTEC and T Level Art, Design and Media Update | Pearson qualifications

BTEC and T Level Art, Design and Media April update

12 April 2024

Welcome to the April update from your Subject Advisor.  

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I hope you have all had the opportunity to enjoy a restful, well-deserved break and start the term refreshed and renewed.  As we enter the last few months of the school year, I know how important this time is with your students and we are here to support you with all aspects of your planning, delivery and assessment.

With the June assessment series fast approaching, there are a range of resources available to support you and your learners with preparation for the upcoming assessments, and I have highlighted these materials in my updates below. Also, I would like to wish you and your students all the best as we enter the last few months of the school year and I am here to support as you work to encourage your students to reach their potential.

For updates on the qualification(s) you deliver, please see the relevant sections below.


 

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 Vocational Updates



Learner Work Transfer

A reminder that all learner work required for digital submission for both general and vocational qualifications will be uploaded to the Learner Work Transfer platform accessed via Edexcel Online. This will include samples for non-examined assessment moderation, BTEC moderated components, BTEC standards verification, and BTEC external assessments.

For further information on submitting learner work digitally, please see our range of support articles:

    Learner Work Transfer overview and support index     

    Support for BTEC external assessment submissions     

    Support for Standards Verification sample submissions    


 

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 BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award Updates


Check out my new BTEC Bitesize series for BTEC Tech Awards (2022) in Art and Design Practice and Creative Media Production designed to support your planning and delivery. You can also find further support and guidance under the drop-down menus below.

BTEC Bitesize - Tech Award (2022) Art and Design Practice playlist

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BTEC Bitesize - Tech Award (2022) Creative Media Production playlist

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You may find my video on using the Assessment Tracker tool especially helpful as you prepare your internal assessment paperwork for moderation.

BTEC Bitesize - Assessment Tracker Tool - Art and Design Practice
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The submission deadline for the upload of learner work for BTEC Tech Awards in the summer series has been extended to 15 May 2024 and will remain in place for all May/June assessment series going forward.

In Art, Design and Media, this change applies to:

  • Creative Media Production internally assessed Components 1 and 2
  • Creative Media Production externally assessed Component 3
  • Art and Design Practice externally assessed Component 2

For these externally assessed components,  the supervised assessment window will still end on 8 May, but you will now have a few more days to manage uploading learners’ work to Learner Work Transfer (LWT). 

For Art and Design Practice Component 1, the deadline to submit marks is still 48 hours prior to your moderation visit date.

LWT opens on 15 April, so there is no need to wait until the deadline to upload learner work; once LWT is live, you can upload learner work at any time until the 15 May deadline.

Due to the later submission deadline, the deadline for you to submit amended marks following moderator feedback will move to 28 June. This is an optional service available, should you choose to use it, but is not a requirement. 

Date Art and Design Practice
15 Jan 2024 Release of Component 2: Externally Assessed task 
15 May 2024 Deadline to upload learner work for Component 2 external assessment
48 hours prior to moderation visit Component 1 marks must be submitted 48 hours in advance of the agreed moderation visit
28 June 2024 Deadline for amending marks following moderator feedback (where necessary) for internal assessments
22 Aug 2024 Release of results to learners

Please note, due to the terminal assessment rules, Component 2 must be sat during the same assessment series in which certification for the qualification is requested.

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Administrative Support Guide
Component 1 Administrative Support Guide
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Administrative Support Guide
Component 2 Administrative Support Guide
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Learner Authentication and Record Sheet
Component 2 Authentication Form
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Component 1 Exemplar Standardisation Materials

These can be used to support your internal assessment and standardisation. 

 

Component 2 Sample Marked Learner Work

These can be used to support your planning and delivery of the externally assessed component. 

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Component 2 Exemplar - High Mark
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Sample Marked Learner Work - Component Two
Component 2 Exemplar - Mid Mark
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Sample Marked Learner Work - Component Two
Component 2 Exemplar - Low Mark
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Date Creative Media Production
8 Jan 2024 Release of Pearson-Set Assignments for internally assessed components
15 Jan 2024 Release of Component 2: Externally Assessed task 
21 Mar 2024 Release of Dec/Jan series results to learners
15 May 2024 Component 1 and 2 deadline for mark submission and upload of work for sampled learners
15 May 2024 Component 3 deadline to upload learner work for external assessment
28 June 2024 Deadline for amending marks following moderator feedback (where necessary) for internal assessments
22 Aug 2024 Release of results to learners 

Please note, due to the terminal assessment rules, Component 3 must be sat during the same assessment series in which certification for the qualification is requested.

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Administrative Support Guide
Component 1 and 2 Administrative Support Guide
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Administrative Support Guide
Component 3 Administrative Support Guide
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Learner Authentication and Record Sheet
NEW Component 3 Authentication Form
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New exemplar materials from the January 2024 assessment series have now been added to the qualification course materials page. 

Based on centre feedback, we have now published the mark grids for the externally-assessed components as a separate document on the qualification course materials page. 

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Check out the latest updates on Tech Awards (2022) and sign up for future updates.


 

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 BTEC Level 3 National Updates


We will be using our Learner Work Transfer system in the Summer 2024 series to manage the submission of learners' work for BTEC Level 3 National in Art and Design (2016) Unit 1: Visual Recording & Communications (31827H).

You will no longer be required to upload learner work to SharePoint or send in physical work.

Learner Work Transfer ensures learner data is as protected and secure as possible. It will be familiar to many of you as a system you’ve used for Standards Verification, for our general qualifications and for many of our other BTEC qualifications.

We are currently in the process of redeveloping our BTEC National Art, Design and Media qualifications. 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.

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The remaining 2010 QCF qualifications in Creative Media Production have a final registration date of August 2024. From September 2024, here are the available options for new learners:

  • 2016 Nationals in Creative Digital Media Production are a direct replacement for the QCF qualification sizes, with specialist titles offered. These include external assessment and are on performance tables 

  • 2019 Nationals in Creative Media Practice is available in Foundation Diploma and Extended Diploma sizes. It has no specialist titles or optional units, however technical content is selected by the centre so you can design the specific programme you want to offer. 100% internally assessed, but not on performance tables

Both suites will be defunded in August 2026 and replaced by new AAQs as part of the government Level 3 reforms. New AAQs will align with the 2019 qualifications in structure, but will include external assessment to meet new DfE and Ofqual regulatory requirements.

Externally assessed unit dates have been published in the 2023-2024 exam timetables.


 

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 International BTEC Updates


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BTEC International Quality Assurance Handbook 23-24
BTEC International Quality Assurance Handbook 23-24
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BTEC International Centre Guide to Internal Assessment 23-24
BTEC International Centre Guide to Internal Assessment 23-24
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BTEC International Centre Guide to Internal Verification 23-24
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The Pearson Set Assignments (PSAs) for internally assessed components are available to download from the qualification Course Materials page under the ‘Pearson Set Assignment’ drop-down menu within the Internal Assessments category.

The PSAs are valid for one year after the date published. You may use whichever PSA you prefer and the additional PSA is intended as a backup for any retakes required.

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The PSAs are secure materials, and you will need an Edexcel Online login (EOL) to access this. EOL accounts are managed by the centre Exams Officer / EOL Administrator. If, as a teacher, you need an EOL login please talk to your Exams Officer who will be able to get you set up. 

Please note that as an additional step for securing customer and learner data we have now introduced our new app-based multi-factor authentication (MFA) for all users of Edexcel Online, replacing the email-based MFA. The app is now mandatory to access Edexcel Online via the Pearson Portal. If you've not done so already, you'll need to download the Pearson authenticator app to a smart device (such as a smart phone) to continue to access Edexcel online via the Pearson Portal.


 

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 BTEC Higher National Updates


Check out our upcoming live virtual training for the BTEC Higher Nationals Creative Media and Art and Design suite.

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.


 

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 T Level Updates


There are two face to face events coming up - The Inside Track on T Levels: Best Practice and Guidance.

Please sign up using these registration links.

We announced last month the T Levels in Craft and Design and in Media, Broadcast and Production have been approved by IfATE and Ofqual.

We have published draft pre-publication version of the specifications on our website. These are the versions submitted to IfATE and Ofqual for approval. Following approval, we do not expect there to be any major changes to the specification or assessments, therefore please use the draft pre-publication version to assist your planning for 2024 delivery.

We are working on teaching and assessment support resources, so look out for these in the coming months:

  • Delivery guides and schemes of work – April 2024
  • Recorded training for OS Assessments – May 2024
  • Live online training – T Level overview and Core Assessments – June/July 2024 
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T Level Technical Qualification in Craft and Design
T Level Craft and Design draft specification
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T Level Technical Qualification in Media, Broadcast and Production (Level 3)
T Level Media, Broadcast and Production draft specification
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ESP and OS Project Administration Support Guide
ESP and OS Project Administration Support Guide
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This month, we start consulting on the key dates schedules for autumn 2024 to summer 2026. This gives you the opportunity to review the dates, confirm you are satisfied with them and raise any concerns you may have (for example, clashes with holidays, or overlap with other assessments your T Level students may be undertaking).

We encourage all those delivering and administering the TQ to review these schedules and share your feedback with us via a short form.

Sector specific dates for our T Levels in Art, Design and Media will be published soon so watch this space.

Check out the latest updates on T Levels and sign up for future updates.


 

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 BTEC Level 1 Introductory Updates


The Level 1 and Entry Level space are going to undergo a reform for cycle 3. 

Unless delayed, this will be for first teach in 2027. 

While we await updates from the DfE, we have pulled together an information video that breaks down what we know so far.

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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 creative experience is a priority and it is vital that we continue to raise the profile of our subjects in education and beyond. As such, below is a range of external resources invaluable to your wider curriculum development.

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National Portrait Gallery Schools Hub

Free online resources for Art & Design and History through the world’s largest collection of portraits. It includes more than 150 specially produced learning resources and videos, all linked to the National Curriculum, and developed by teachers, artists, historians and education experts.

Check out the Schools Hub resources

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The Time is Always Now: Artists Reframe the Black Figure

This National Portrait Gallery exhibition on until 19 May showcases the work of contemporary artists from the African diaspora. As well as surveying the presence of the Black figure in Western art history, this exhibition examines its absence  – and the story of representation told through these works, as well as the social, psychological and cultural contexts in which they were produced.

Find out more about the exhibition

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Teaching Film Series

Into Film, the UK's leading charity for film in education, have launched their Teaching Film series, a collection of bitesize courses focused on short film production. The course has been designed specifically for educators delivering film qualifications to young people aged 14-19.

Visit the Into Film website to enrol

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The Superpower of Looking

Free teaching resources from Art UK that seeks to transform the visual literacy skills of children, taking the world of art and images as its starting point.

Check out The Superpower of Looking resources

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Wicked Active Learning

A cultural and social education programme for London’s stage musical Wicked, with free cross-curricular resources to download and support art and design teaching and learning.

Download free Art and Design resources for Wicked

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NSEAD The Big Landscape

A new resource that maps the breadth and scope of art, craft and design education, drawing together important research, essential definitions and examples of good practice to support teaching and learning in your centre.

Find out more about The Big Landscape

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Anti-Racist Art Education Resources

The NSEAD Anti-Racist Art Education (ARAE) resources help teachers to open up conversations and support a questioning of current art educator resources, publications and curriculums. 

Check out the NSEAD ARAE Resources 

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Winsor & Newton Articles

A range of interesting articles from Winsor & Newton that touch on the origins of colour as well as many other topics. These could be inspirational for teaching and learning in your classroom.

Read these free articles for inspiration 


 

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

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