BTEC Business and Enterprise at Level 3

26 October 2022

This page covers our BTEC Level 3 qualifications in Business, Enterprise and Marketing:

  • BTEC Nationals in Business
  • BTEC Nationals in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • BTEC Nationals in Marketing

In addition there are two sections to support the delivery and assessment of these qualifications.

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Our qualifications

 

 

BTEC_Nationals_Business

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The delivery support page includes the following:

  • getting started and recorded training
  • delivery planning
  • induction
  • networking
  • professional bodies partnerships (ACCA, CII, CIM, CMI)
  • free and paid-for resources

The assessment support page includes the following:

  • internally assessed units (including assessment guidance)
  • externally assessed units (grade boundaries, grade statistics)

This change affects all 2016 (RQF) BTEC Nationals in Business and in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

What has changed?

There will no longer be a two-week PART A pre-release window. Instead, learners will be given a Pearson-set Research Pack.

Part A (Low control) will now be sat in the afternoon before Part B, which will be sat the following morning (these dates will be specified by Pearson)

Learners will be able to annotate their Part A Research Pack and prepare up to two sides of notes to take in to Part B (Medium control).

The specifications on the qualification pages will be updated to reflect this change.

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FAQs

What has changed for the Part A of the assessment?

The change to the condition of the assessment is that the pre-release period has been shortened and learners will be provided with a Pearson-set research pack, instead of having to carry out their own research.

We have worked with our subject and assessment experts in designing the Research Pack (Part A) to ensure that it will stimulate and engage the learners to respond with a sound level of understanding.  As such, we expect the introduction of the Research Pack (Part A) to provide accessible and meaningful information to enable all learners to grasp the context and engage with the assessment. 

We believe that the provision of research of the same quality to all  learners will support learners who  may have been disadvantaged by not being able to access good quality research.   

What has changed for the Part B of the assessment?

Nothing has changed in Part B of the assessment, either in format or style. The change that has been made is in the mark scheme, where the focus is now on the need to use rather that obtain market research.  The new Assessment Focus 3 is below.   

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Why has Pearson made these changes? 

There are two fundamental reasons for the change:

  • increasing levels of evidence that different learners and different centres are having variable experiences in their interaction with the assessment and;  
  • the outcomes of the assessment over recent series have seen significantly increasing levels of homogenous  learner response which makes it increasingly difficult to differentiate outcomes within the awarding process for the unit.

Have you made changes to the timetable to reflect the Unit 2 changes?

Yes. We have removed the Part A 10-day window for learners to complete the practical investigation and added a 2-hour (Part A) review period on the afternoon prior to the Part B assessment. The Part B set task is timetabled for the morning after Part A.

Is there a new administration guide that we can refer to that takes into consideration the new arrangements of Unit 2?

Yes. We will be issuing an updated Administrative Support Guide to reflect the changes to the Part A document that is released before the start of the Part B examination.

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Can you confirm the supervision and control for Unit 2 Part A and Part B?

Part A is low control and Part B must be conducted under medium-control supervision. Full details of supervision controls can be found in our Instructions for Conducting External Assessments (ICEA) document.

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Can students make notes during the Part A review period and bring these notes into Part B?

Students can bring hand written annotated notes from their review of Part A materials into the Part B session but no other materials other than the Part A document should be present for Part B.

Should we retain Part A at our centre? If so, for how long? 

Yes. Centres must retain each learner’s Part A document and keep it securely until the end of the Review of Marking and Moderation period. The Part A document must not be returned to Pearson with the Part B document. 

 

 

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Recorded training

Getting Started: ways to teach and assess BTEC Nationals in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

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The Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Marketing are not eligible for inclusion in performance tables but are eligible for funding.

Go to the qualification page

Schemes of work and Delivery Guides

This are now available on the qualification page (please choose Course Materials and then Teaching and Learning Materials)

Go to the qualification page.

Recorded training

Getting Started with the BTEC Nationals in Marketing

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BTEC Marketing Plus

We have a new digital resource called Marketing Plus to support this qualification.

Find out more

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the world’s leading professional body for marketing, with over 28,000 members worldwide, of which there are over 2,500 Chartered Marketers. CIM’s mission is to create a marketing advantage for the benefit of professionals, business and society with a focus on export, data and skills.

Go to our CIM partner page

Videos

 

 

Support for BTEC qualifications

The new BTEC options tool has been designed to help you talk to learners about their next steps.  The website civers employability skills and post-BTEC career options.

We have also provided a poster and an editable teacher handout.

Go to the recruiting learners page

Our VQ Bulletin is a consolidated briefing from Pearson, which contains all the key updates you need about our vocational qualifications.

To view all past issues, please see our VQ Bulletin Blog, and if you would like to sign up please visit the sign up link.

Professional Development Academy

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The Professional Development Academy is a one-stop shop that provides access to a wide range of flexible, high-quality online courses for teachers.

You will find a range of on-demand, live and self-guided training courses creating flexible options for learning at a time that suits individual needs.

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