December 2021 BTEC Business update

7 December 2021

This December update includes news of:

  • managing absences in January 2022 external assessments (under the Assessment 2021-2022 heading)
  • understanding your programme ratings (under the Support for BTEC qualifications heading)
  • a series of free training events for the 2022 Tech Awards (we now know that the BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise has been included in the Department for Education (DfE) 2024 Performance Tables). 
  • a second moderation window in the 2022 Tech Award
Also included are the regular features on the different qualifications.
 
I do hope that you will be able to enjoy an enjoyable and relaxing Christmas break.
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Assessment 2021-2022

All BTEC external assessments in 2022 are expected to go ahead.

We have created this infographic to guide you in managing absences, in relation to learners taking external assessments.

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We will keep you updated with any decisions relating to this, and any additional guidance that is released to support centres, should a policy change occur.

10 November 2021: deadline for submitting UTAGs

November-December:  quality assurance checks once the U-TAGs have been submitted. You may be contacted in November or December to provide the evidence that you have collated and recorded to support the U-TAG judgements. Centres can be selected for a range of reasons, including randomly, further information can be found on page 20 of our U-TAG guidance (please see file below).

This activity is expected to be completed by 12 December

13 January 2022: we will aim to confirm that your UTAGs have been accepted by this date.

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Two Types of adaptation:

There are two types of adaptation for internal assessment that are available with the purpose of giving time back to teaching and learning:

Streamlined unit assessment
In-unit adaptation
  • a reduction in the number of internally assessed units that need to be fully assessed
  • mandatory or optional units but not synoptic units
  • a reduction in the amount of assessment evidence needed
  • BTEC Nationals (QCF and RQF)
  • BTEC Firsts
  • BTEC Tech Awards
  • BTEC Level 2 Technicals

Please note the following requirements:

  • All content must be taught.
  • Although adaptations are available, centres should consider whether they are required to give time back to teaching and learning. Adaptations can be applied at a centre's discretion where the pandemic continues to impact learners.
  • Adaptations are only available in this academic year, for assessment due to take place between 1 September 2021- 31 August 2022. There are currently no plans to have these adaptations extend to learners who take assessments in 2022/23, regardless of when they are due to certificate.  

2020-2021: the Qualification-level  ‘Teacher Assessed Grade’ (QTAG) processes ensured that learners were able to claim certification.  

2021-2022: QTAGs not permitted.

2021-2022: an updated adaptation called ‘streamlined assessment’.  Streamlined assessment is where you will only be required to assess one Learning Aim from the selected unit.

Not all qualifications are able to use the streamlined adaptations, and some qualifications do not have any assessment adaptations in place, due to their smaller size.

The option to streamline the number of assessments indicated in the guidance is at the centre’s discretion upon reflection of the continued impact of disruption to learners caused by the pandemic.

Centres should continue to plan to deliver all content and assessment to ensure learners are best placed for their future progression. However, streamlined assessment is available, if required, to create additional time for lost teaching and learning.

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All adaptations for the Tech Awards have been carried over from 2020/21 to 2021/22 academic year for these qualifications.

For the Level 2 Technicals, please see the Business or Enterprise centre guides for information about in-unit adaptations.

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Contingencies in the event that examinations are cancelled or there is widespread disruption: DfE issued contingency guidance in Autumn 2021 following the above consultation outcome.

Read the guidance

This document outlines the arrangements that could be put in place if examinations and other assessments are no longer viable:

  • TAGs being reintroduced for qualifications most similar to GQs
  • Delayed assessment for competence-based qualifications
  • Continued assessment with adaptations such as remote assessment for qualifications with mixed purpose (i.e. for FSQs)
The use of Teacher Assessed Grades: As you will be aware, although Teacher Assessed Grades are not currently permitted, and all teaching learning and assessment planned for 2021/22 should be taking place, Ofqual’s Vocational Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF) would be used to switch to Teacher Assessed Grades should these be required, i.e. in the event of widescale disruption or examination cancellation.
 
We will of course keep you updated with any decisions relating to this, and any additional guidance that is released to support centres should it be deemed necessary to return to Teacher Assessed Grades.

Support for BTEC qualifications

The programme ratings are available on pages 17-18 of the BTEC Centre Guide to Quality Assurance (please see below).

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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.

This might be an important page to bookmark this year.  The Teaching, Learning and Assessment web page will be updated throughout the year.  

Go to the Teaching, learning and assessment 2021/2022 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.

The Pearson Quality Advisor Team offer a range of free online events to support all aspects of Quality Assurance in relation to your BTEC programmes. Whatever your role, please take a look at our list of events on offer on our Quality Support Hub Events page. These events are offered on different days and at different times so we are sure you will find a slot to suit you and your teams.

Go to the Quality Support Hub Events page

 

 

Updated every year the BTEC Centre Guides provide details of the procedures you need to follow with regards to assessment and internal verification.

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In order to access the ACS, you will need to complete the form using the following options:

 

Option Please select
Customer options Teacher & Department Heads
Issue type Systems, Tools & Services
Category type BTEC Assignment Checking Service

You can then complete the rest of the online form providing all the information relevant to your case, attach the assignment brief once you have submitted the case.

Please ensure that you have also read the ACS terms & conditions.

Find out more about the Assignment Checking Service.

 

Please note that the Assignment Checking Service will be closed from Friday 3 December to Monday 10 January 2022.

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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.

Our qualifications

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Enterprise

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BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Enterprise (14-16)

Please open the tabs below for information and links to support.

All adaptations have been carried over from the 2020/21 to the 2021/22 academic year for the Tech Awards.

Approved adaptations for the Level 1/2 Tech Awards can be found in the document below.

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February 2022

The Component 3 exam is on 7 February pm, 2022.

Results Day is 6 April 2022.

May 2022

Entry deadline: 24 March 2022

Learners who sat in February can be entered for the May exam after the February results have been issued.  The deadline for these learners is 1 April 2022.

Results Day is 6 April 2022.

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The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that qualifications approved for inclusion in the KS4 2020 performance tables will also be included in performance tables for 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Our BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise will continue to count towards 2021, 2022 and 2023 Key Stage 4 performance tables. You can continue to register learners onto this qualification for completion in 2023.

A guide to DfE performance tables.

Key DfE requirements for qualifications to be elgible for 2024 performance tables

Updated guide to BTEC qualifications and performance tables

2022 Enterprise spec

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BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Enterprise (14-16) from September 2022

Please open the tabs below for information and links to support.

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In September 2020 the DfE published the technical guidance for KS4 qualifications to be included in 2024 performance tables in England. In order to meet these new requirements, Pearson has submitted the Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Enterprise for approval for 2024 performance tables.

 

 

 

The draft specification and sample assessment materials are available below:

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We've retained many key features of our current BTEC Tech Awards:

  • Simple 3 component structure in most sectors
  • Much of the teaching and learning content has been retained with some changes made to enhance clarity.
  • Current Tech Awards have 40% external assessment, so no change was needed to meet new requirements.

New additions to meet KS4 performance measure requirements will include:

  • Pearson Set Assignments for internal components, released with plenty of time for preparation and assessment to suit your programme timetable
  • Mark-based and moderated assessments that are compensatory within each component and across the qualification giving learners more opportunities to achieve.
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Videos

Videos

This session is aimed at UK based teachers, lecturers or trainers preparing to deliver the revised BTEC Tech Awards in Enterprise from 2022. This live session will provide you with an opportunity to interact with the presenter who will take you through:

- Course at a glance – an overview of the qualification structure

- Assessment – the types and requirements along with tips for approaching these

- Grading at component and qualification levels

- Planning your programme - the ongoing support and resources available to you

These events, and the qualifications covered, are suitable for UK Centres ONLY. Pearson has reviewed the format and content of all its training events to ensure the security of its examinations.

This event can count as 2 Hours of CPD.

Please be aware that this event will be recorded and shared publicly.

Event Fee (GBP) - FREE

Following feedback, we will be including a January moderation window for the internally assessed components. This means you will have two assessment opportunities each year.

We are currently in the process of updating our specifications and support materials. These changes will be reflected in the final published versions once they are approved by DfE for performance tables.  

If you are starting to deliver the Tech Award this coming September then your learners will be claiming certification in 2024.  This means that they will be studying for the new (2022) Tech Award qualification.

The new qualification requires you to use Pearson Set Assignments (PSAs) for Components 1 and 2 and these PSAs will not be available in the 2021-2022 school year. The new qualification also requires Component 3 to be assessed in the year that learners claim certification.

This means that no assessment for the new qualification can take place in the 2021-2022 school year.  In terms of content there is very little change so you can still deliver this.  You may also be interested in developing enterprise skills in your learners and there are two competitions you may wish to consider to help you do this.

The first is the tycoon competition run by the Peter Jones Foundation which is an ideal way to develop enterprise skills and which provides teaching resources to help you.

Go to the Tycoon competition page.

The second is a social enterprise challenge which has been running for two years now and which encourages both creativity and enterprise.  It is called Be The Future.

Read about the 2021 Be The Future challenge

BTEC Level 1/2 Firsts in Business

The BTEC Firsts in Business are not included in DfE performance tables.

 

Streamlined assessment is where you will only be required to assess one Learning Aim from the selected unit.

Streamlined unit assessment means that the number of internally assessed units that need to be assessed in full is reduced, these could be mandatory or optional, but cannot be units that are synoptic.

So, for the First Award, Unit 3 would not be eligible.

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The document below is intended to provide you with guidance for how you might adapt delivery for the BTEC Firsts in Business in the academic year of 2021-2022.

The guidance for the BTEC First Award (2018) can be found on pages 31-34.

The guidance for the BTEC First Certificate, Extended certificate and Diploma units can be found on pages 34-46.

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BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Enterprise

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BTEC Level 2 Technicals

Please open the tabs below for information and links to support.

The Level 2 BTEC Technical Certificate in Business Enterprise (240 glh) is for post 16 learners intending to progress directly to employment in a business, or to a Level 3 Technical qualification or an Apprenticeship.

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Guidance for 2021-2022

The document below is intended to provide you with guidance for how you might adapt delivery for the Level 2 BTEC Technical Certificate in Business Enterprise in the academic year of 2021-2022.

The guidance can be found on pages 10-12.

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The Level 2 BTEC Technical Certificate in Marketing (240 glh) is for post 16 learners and can be taken as part of a wider study programme. It's an ideal qualification for learners who are intending to progress directly to employment in an administrative role, or to a business administration apprenticeship.

Go to the qualification page

Guidance for 2021-2022

The document below is intended to provide you with guidance for how you might adapt delivery for the Level 2 BTEC Technical Certificate in Business Administration in the academic year of 2021-2022.

The guidance and the adaptations to the assessment criteria can be found on pages 47-49.

Adaptations are only available in this academic year, for assessment due to take place between 1 September 2021- 31 August 2022.  There are currently no plans to have these adaptations extend to learners who take assessments in 2022/23, regardless of when they are due to certificate.

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The Level 2 BTEC Technical Certificate in Marketing (240 glh) is for post 16 learners who are interested in a career in marketing. The qualification is included in performance tables.

Guidance for 2021-2022

The document below is intended to provide you with guidance for how you might adapt delivery for the Level 2 BTEC Technical Certificate in Marketing Enterprise in the academic year of 2021-2022.

The guidance and the adaptations to the assessment criteria can be found on pages 50-52.

Adaptations are only available in this academic year, for assessment due to take place between 1 September 2021- 31 August 2022. There are currently no plans to have these adaptations extend to learners who take assessments in 2022/23, regardless of when they are due to certificate.

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Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Buisness

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Level 3 BTEC Nationals

Please open the tabs below for more information and support.

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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Streamlined assessment

Streamlined assessment is where you will only be required to assess one Learning Aim from the selected unit.

Streamlined unit assessment means that the number of internally assessed units that need to be assessed in full is reduced, these could be mandatory or optional, but cannot be units that are synoptic.

So, for the BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Business, Unit 4 would not be eligible.

For the BTEC National Diploma in Business, Units 1, 4 and 5 would not be eligible.
 

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Guidance for 2021- 2022

The document below is intended to provide you with guidance for how you might adapt delivery for the BTEC Nationals in Business (RQF) in the academic year of 2021-2022.

The guidance can be found on pages 7-17.

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January 2022

The timetable for January 2022 is below.

Results Day is 23 March 2022.

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BTEC Business+  (Unit 5 now live!)

This new digital resource accompanies the BTEC Nationals in Business.

Each unit can be purchased individually or as course packs per learner. Currently, Business+ is available for Units 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 17 and 22.

Each unit is available to purchase individually, with prices from as little as £6 per student.
Every purchase for the Learning Hub comes with a complementary login for teachers.

Find out more

Recorded training

Getting Started: ways to teach and assess BTEC Nationals in Business

Watch the recording

May 2022 timetable

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Streamlined assessment

Streamlined assessment is where you will only be required to assess one Learning Aim from the selected unit.

Streamlined unit assessment means that the number of internally assessed units that need to be assessed in full is reduced, these could be mandatory or optional, but cannot be units that are synoptic.

So, for the BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship, Unit 4 would not be eligible.

For the BTEC National Diploma in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship, Unit 1 would not be eligible.

For the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship, Unit 13 would not be eligible.

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Guidance for 2021- 2022

The document below is intended to provide you with guidance for how you might adapt delivery for the BTEC Nationals in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (RQF) in the academic year of 2021-2022.

The guidance can be found on pages 7-9.

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January 2022

The timetable for January 2022 is below.

Results Day is 23 March 2022.

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Recorded training

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

Watch the recording

May 2022 timetable

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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

Streamlined assessment

Streamlined assessment is where you will only be required to assess one Learning Aim from the selected unit.

Streamlined unit assessment means that the number of internally assessed units that need to be assessed in full is reduced, these could be mandatory or optional, but cannot be units that are synoptic.

So, for the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Marketing, Unit 3 would not be eligible.

For the BTEC National Diploma in Marketing, Unit 4 would not be eligible.

For the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Marketing, Unit 7 would not be eligible.

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Guidance for 2021- 2022

The document below is intended to provide you with guidance for how you might adapt delivery for the BTEC Nationals in Marketing (RQF) in the academic year of 2021-2022.
 

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January 2022

The timetable for January 2022 is below.

Results Day is 23 March 2022.

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Schemes of work and draft 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

Watch the recording

BTEC Marketing Plus

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

Find out more

Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)

We have professional partnership agreement with CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing)

Find out more about the CIM

May 2022 timetable

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The main proposal is to introduce a binary system of T levels and A levels at Level 3, where most young people pursue one of these qualifications at the age of 16.

Consultation outcome

The Review of post-16 qualifications at level 3: second stage concluded in July 2021.

Read the outcome

Timelines

Qualifications which overlap with T Levels

No changes are being made to technical qualifications until the 2023/24 academic year at the earliest.  In 2022, we hope to hear which qualifications will and will not be funded for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Qualifications which overlap with A Levels

No changes are being made to academic qualifications, including Applied General qualifications, until the 2024/25 academic year at the earliest.  In 2022, we hope to learn about the criteria qualifications will need to satisfy in order to qualify for funding from 2024.

BTEC qualifications can continue to be available where there is a clear need for skills and knowledge that T Levels and A levels alone cannot provide. For example:

  • Alternatives to T Levels
  • Small specialist qualifications to sit alongside T Levels
  • Alternatives to A levels
  • Small qualifications taken alongside A levels (one A level size or smaller)

The Protect Student Choice campaign

The #ProtectStudentChoice campaign, focuses on the Department for Education’s current review of post-16 qualifications. The Six Form Colleges Association (SFCA) has launched a petition urging the government to reconsider restricting students' choice of qualifications at the age of 16.

 

 

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Teaching and learning support

With the continued impact of COVID-19 on you and your learners, we've created a series of guides designed to offer you guidance on how you might adapt delivery of BTEC qualifications from September 2020. These guides cover the following qualifications as well as additional sector-specific qualifications where appropriate:

  • BTEC International Level 2
  • BTEC International Level 3
  • BTEC Nationals Level 3 (QCF)

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BTEC International Level 2 in Business

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BTEC International Level 2

Business

 

Changes to Pearson BTEC International Level 2

New International Level 2 qualifications have been developed for first teaching from September 2022.

Specification

For first teaching from September 2022 this qualification comes in four sizes:

  • BTEC International Level 2 Award in Business (120 glh)
  • BTEC International Level 2 Certificate in Business (240 glh)
  • BTEC International Level 2 Extended Certificate in Business (360 glh)
  • BTEC International Level 2 Diploma in Business. (480 glh)
 
BTEC International Level 3 in Business

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BTEC International Level 3

Business

Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

Specification

The specification for International Level 3 Business and International Level 3 Enterprise & Entrepreneurship is available on the qualification page.

The following support materials are also available:

  • Scheme of work
  • Sample assignments
  • Unit delivery guidance
  • Authorised Assignment Briefs
  • Pearson Set Assignments (PSAs)
 
 
Partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
 
We’ve agreed with CMI that students studying the Pearson BTEC International Level 3 in Business and Enterprise are eligible for Foundation Chartered Manager status, awarded only by CMI.
 

Student resources

The student resources are only available as e-texts on the Learning Hub site, and are all available now. If a you want to have access, please complete an expression of Interest form .

If you have any queries, want to be kept updated or need to know how to start offering these qualifications in your centre, contact one of our Sales Representatives.

BTEC International Level 3 in Business

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BTEC International Level 3

Marketing

Specification

In an ever-changing and fast-paced world, marketing skills are key to modern-day businesses especially during and post the pandemic.

The ability to understand and create compelling stories which speak to the needs of an audience, where they are and at the time they need it, are important skills in every organisation and essential skills for a marketing professional to possess.

The new BTEC International Level 3 in Marketing qualification is available in a range of sizes and pathways to suit the needs of your learners. It’s digital content and resources have been created in partnership with The School of Marketing to help your learners to acquire current industry knowledge, and apply skills that are required from a modern-day marketer.

Learners will be able to understand and apply marketing principles such as; customer communications, marketing regulations, creating customer loyalty, influencer marketing, market research, digital marketing and more.

 Go to the qualification page

Partnership with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
 
Recognised by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) this new course in Marketing, will propel your learners career prospects and prepare them to apply their marketing knowledge across various sectors and industries.
 
 

Student resources

BTEC Marketing+ is a new digital resource that supports your delivery of our BTEC in Marketing. It features the latest industry content from the School of Marketing, which makes it ideal for blended learning delivery , this innovative online resource gives your learners videos, infographics, case studies, work activities, self-learning quizzes and more, to enhance and secure learning aims of the qualification and keeps your learners engaged.

 

 

BTEC Business Professional Bodies Partnerships

We have partnership agreements with the following organisations:

  • ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
  • CII (Chartered Institute of Insurance)
  • CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing)
  • CMI (Chartered Management Institute)

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global professional body for professional accountants.

Go to our ACCA partner page.

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The CII is the Chartered Insurance Institute.

They are a professional body dedicated to building public trust in the insurance and financial planning professions.

Go to the CII partner page.

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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

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The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) are the the only Chartered professional body dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. With over 150,000 members worldwide, CMI's mission is to increase the number of professionally qualified managers and leaders resulting in better led and managed organisations.

Go to our CMI partner page

 

 

BTEC Higher Nationals in Business

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BTEC Higher Nationals in Business

The BTEC Higher Nationals in Business have been revalidated. The specification is now live on our website and HN Global. This is available for first teaching from September 2021.

The new qualifications include enhanced work-related curriculum that is designed to address an increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways at Levels 4 and 5, equipping students with the right skills and competencies for the workplace or progression to further higher education study.

The last registration date for the 2016 specification was 31 August 2021. All new registrations from the 1 September 2021 are on the new specification.

The 2016 Higher Nationals in Business expired on 31st August 2021. Existing HNC/D students can continue to complete their studies on the current specification.  

HNC ​Business students completing (full or part time) after 31 August 2021 can still be registered as top ups , but any HNC Business transfers will have to be registered by contacting examsofficer@pearson.com who will be able to complete registration manually.

Following the revalidation of BTEC Higher Nationals in Business, we have updated the core textbook to reflect the new specification. The changes ensure that units remain current, valid and support employer needs for specific skills sets.

This textbook is available as an e-book only, and students can purchase their individual licenses of the textbook from two major online textbook stores: VitalSource and Kortext.

We are launching Pearson Authorised Assignment Briefs (AABs) for BTEC Higher Nationals in Business, which will replace the Example Assessment Briefs (EABs) that are currently available as part of our support offer. These new AABs are available for the latest BTEC Higher Nationals in Business specification, as the old specification expires on 31 August 2021.  

Authorised Assignment Briefs have been developed to support centres with their assessment strategy for the delivery of core units, and a sample of selected specialist/optional units. These AABs replace the existing Example Assessment Briefs (EABs).

AABs can be used as a reference point for the development of unique assignments, which are tailored to a specific location, employment context and the centre’s approach to the subject. They can also be used ‘off the shelf’ if this works for a centre’s local needs.

The AABs for Higher Nationals in Business can be downloaded from HN Global. If you don’t already have an account, please create one by going to hnglobal.highernationals.com.  You will find the new AAB booklet in the HN Global delivery materials for Business.

Join our upcoming training where we’ll introduce you to this new approach to developing assessments for BTEC Higher Nationals in Business. You can now book your place using the link below.

Following Ofqual’s announcement which confirmed that exams and assessments will go ahead as planned for the academic year 2021-22, we have recently released guidance to support centres, should you need to make adaptations to teaching and delivery this year.

We have also created further guidance about quality assurance and assessment for your BTEC Higher Nationals and External Examination. For 2021-2022 external examination visits will continue remotely. If the opportunity arises to safely resume centre visits, we will advise centres of this.

Please note that after 30 September 2021 you will no longer be able to make claims for assessments that took place between 1 August 2020 and 31 August 2021 using Unit Level Teacher Assessed Grades (UTAGs).

Visit our Higher National web page for the latest guidance  

All teaching and learning materials are only accessible via a dedicated page on HN Global. This includes the relevant and current files for the RQF qualification you’re teaching, including Example Assessment Briefs and Themes and Topics for Pearson-set units.

There is now a library of e-resources for Business linked in the subject page on HN Global.

To create an account please go to hnglobal.highernationals.com.

If you have any questions please contact us at hnglobal@pearson.com.

The MLN request submission process has been updated to use an online form

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