Welcome to BTEC Art, Design and Media

5 September 2013

This article is for department heads, curriculum managers and teachers planning to run a BTEC in Art, Design and Media for the first time from September 2013.

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The whole administrative process is briefly explained and each section links to the areas of the website where more information can be found to help you manage the course throughout the teaching year.

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. Visit:

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

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. If you are 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 is 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. 

You should download the Quality Assurance Handbook from the Key Documents  page. This is available in sections as pdfs and you may find it useful to download each section and have it covered and bound in your reprographics department as this is an essential reference source as you go through the year.

Teaching Materials

You will find the online Specification, examples of the external examination paper, Sample Assessment Materials (SAMs), and Delivery Guides for the next generation NQF BTEC Firsts on each of their qualification pages:

You will receive hard copies of these materials once you have been approved as a centre or had course approval. 

To help you with the administration of the externally-set tasks, there is also an NQF BTEC Firsts Administrative Support Guide. 


We are delighted to announce that myBTEC  - our new online toolkit to support BTEC planning, delivering and assessment - is now live, with services to support building courses and creating assignments. Resources and Progress Tracker services will follow later this year.

myBTEC is an online toolkit to streamline BTEC planning, delivery and assessment, liberating teachers to spend more time with their learners. 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 with logging into the site, please write to our Customer Services department on serviceoperations@pearson.com or phone 0844 576 2535.

The BTEC Art, Design and Media subject page

This magazine-style page is regularly updated by the Art, Design and Media Subject Advisor, Susan Young, to keep you informed about: new developments in the qualifications; the teaching and delivery of these subjects; exciting events, exhibitions, conferences, 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 teachingartanddesign@pearson.com or teachingmedia@pearson.com.

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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