April 2021 BTEC Business update

Fri Apr 09 17:00:00 UTC 2021

At the end of March we published two documents - the updated BTEC Q-TAG guidance, which has additions clearly marked, highlighted in yellow. The administration aspects that were covered in the original guidance, have now been moved to a separate document.  

Please do make sure that you have signed up to receive our VQ Bulletins to ensure that you receive all new information detailing the processes which will operate for this year. You can also review past bulletins if you’ve missed any or sign up to receive future updates if you have not already done so, via the links below.

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BTEC – Q-TAG guidance updated

We have updated our guidance with additions clearly highlighted. This includes confirmation of the use of centre policies for Q-TAGs, and how to use of data when determining your Q-TAG judgements. We are still finalising information in relation to appeals, and will keep you updated.

The administration guidance is now in a separate document.

The International version is the last document listed below.

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BTEC FAQs

Our FAQs are updated regularly and include answers to the latest questions you may have regarding:

  • external assessment
  • external assessment entries
  • general teaching and learning
  • reduced optional assessment
  • standards verification
  • setting standards
 

Standards Verification 2021

Standards verification this year will have both a different format and a different purpose.  The purpose this year is to support the Qualification-level Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) process.

The 1 March clarification on standards verification explains this in detail.

Go to the 1 March standards verification update.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all sampling will be conducted remotely. We strongly recommend that centres to submit their standards verification samples digitally using Pearson’s Digital Learner Work Transfer platform (DLWT) or their own file-share platform. If digital submission is not possible centres should use our free secure courier service to send the sample via USB.

Read how to submit files via DLWT

There is guidance on how to encrypt files in Appendix A of the BTEC Guide to Standards Verification.

Go to the BTEC Centre Guide to Standards Verification

Please do not send us the originals of the work if submitting as we will be unable to return them to you once sampling has been completed.  

Mid-flight learners

We recognise and anticipate that mid-flight learners due to certificate next year will have been impacted by a different level of disruption than those completing this year. We also understand that learners and centres are keen to know unit level results to make decisions, but as we do not yet know what the situation we will be next year, our decision is to ensure that we do the right thing by learners and take the time to review the situation next academic year, and take the impact into account at the point of certification for these learners.

In light of this we can confirm that we will request Qualification-level or Unit-level Teacher Assessed Grades for mid-flight learners, at the appropriate point of certification next academic year. We anticipate that this will be in January 2022 for March completers, and June 2022, for summer completers. Further detail will be confirmed closer to the time.

TAGs will only be permitted for those learners where there are ‘reduced assessment’ flags and/or external assessment entries in place this academic year (applicable between 30 August 2020 and 31 August 2021, in line with the eligibility window for the VCRF).

All other assessments for the relevant qualification will need to be taught and assessed, and evidence retained, so that it can be quality assured, and used to inform the TAG.

(VCRF - Vocational and technical qualifications Contingency Regulatory Framework).

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Enterprise Festival EDU 2021 (from 22 April)

Pearson Business School's 2021 Enterprise Festival is designed for school and college students who want to hear from entrepreneurs working in industry. We will discuss how learners can effectively navigate their career, stand out from the crowd, turn a passion into a successful business and so much more!

Your students will have a chance to:

  • explore their business knowledge
  • hear expert advice and top tips on starting their career in business
  • learn from panel discussions hosted by industry professionals.

View full information and student bookings

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact. school.liaison@pearsoncollegelondon.ac.uk for further information.   

Support for your first year BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma students

Linking London in conjunction with some of their university members are making available some support to help you support your first year BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma learners in making choices about HE progression. They are creating free resources for schools and colleges, and will be running pre-recorded events for students. Please see below for more information from them.

Linking London’s Uni Connect Outreach Hub invites you to register to receive our BTEC Extended Diploma Support Package which will consist of pre-recorded videos produced by five of our HE partners.

See the Outreach Hub resources

Register and the package will emailed directly to you.

The videos will be tailored to BTEC Extended Diploma Year 1 students who are beginning to research their university options and we will also be including various resources to support students with the decision-making process.  

Games and Simulations in Accounting and Finance Education Conference (GSAFE), 20 April 2021

The GSAFE virtual conference will explore games, simulations and playful learning in accounting and finance education. The conference theme has a broad scope, and will cover presentations regarding both the pedagogical techniques in learning and teaching practice, and also research into this area of accounting education.

Find out more

online CPD and training

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Professional Development Academy

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.

Browse all courses on the Professional Development Academy.

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Web for BTEC  is a customised search engine covering both Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications, designed to help your learners cut through the internet’s noise and overload and go straight to the content they need. It helps learners develop their research skills by showing articles and videos solely related to BTEC qualifications. The content is relevant to your learners' specific subjects and approved by teachers, all served without distractions.  

Web for BTEC provides learners with the option to filter results by reading level, making the resources not only relevant, but relatable and most importantly readable, so they have the confidence to explore the subject and fall in love with learning.

Accessed via an ActiveLearn log in* here, your learners can use this customised search tool to focus, achieve and love learning.

*Creating an ActiveLearn log in is free and takes less than a minute. See the sign-up section on our Web for BTEC home page. No data or information is shared with any 3rd parties.

Assignment checking service (ACS)

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.

Our qualifications

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Enterprise

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BTEC Level 1/2 qualifications

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

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Tech Award adaptations

Please do read the Tech Awards Assessment Evidence Adaptations document for news on

• Component 1 Learning Aim A (new assessment criteria for 2020-2021)
• Component 1 Learning Aim B (new assessment criteria for 2020-2021)
• Component 2 Learning Aim C

Page 2 of the document states:

These mitigations apply to those learners who will be completing their assessments for these components in this academic year (2020-2021) regardless of the intended certification date.

Delivery guidance is also available from page 10 of the 'Enterprise' document below.

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Reduced Internal Assessment

This reduces the number of internal units which need to be assessed. The Reduced Unit Assessment for the BTEC Firsts (RQF) is as follows:

  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Business: 30 GLH
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Certificate in Business: 30 GLH
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Business: 60 GLH
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Diploma in Business: 60 glh

The following principles apply to all learners:

• All content must be taught.
• Centres should continue to bank units through the ‘interim’ claims function throughout the academic year.
• Units where reduced assessment is applied; teaching and learning should take place where possible under the current circumstances.
• Centres will need to reflect on learner's progression requirements, when choosing which units to apply reduced assessment, to ensure learners can confidently progress to Higher Education or to work.
• Centres will need to declare which units have been taught but not assessed (further administration guidance to follow)
• The unit/s that are taught but not assessed must be on the centre's assessment plan for 2020/2021 academic year
• Centres can choose to assess all units, and not use the reduced internal assessment option if they are able to assess all content
• Pearson will issue an overall grade for learners that are certificating, (further details to follow)

Please see page 11 of the Reduced unit assessment guidance below.

Delivery guidance is available from page 31 of the 'Business' document below.

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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.

Reduced Internal Assessment

This reduces the number of internal units which need to be assessed. The Reduced Unit Assessment for the BTEC Level 2 Technical Certificate in Business Enterprise is 60 GLH.

The following principles apply to all learners:

• All content must be taught.
• Centres should continue to bank units through the ‘interim’ claims function throughout the academic year.
• Units where reduced assessment is applied; teaching and learning should take place where possible under the current circumstances.
• Centres will need to reflect on learner's progression requirements, when choosing which units to apply reduced assessment, to ensure learners can confidently progress to Higher Education or to work.
• Centres will need to declare which units have been taught but not assessed (further administration guidance to follow)
• The unit/s that are taught but not assessed must be on the centre's assessment plan for 2020/2021 academic year
• Centres can choose to assess all units, and not use the reduced internal assessment option if they are able to assess all content
• Pearson will issue an overall grade for learners that are certificating, (further details to follow)

Please see page 11 of the Reduced unit assessment guidance below

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In-unit adaptations

Unit 2

Employer engagement is not required.

LA A and C: Use of online platforms for meetings with enterprises/ entrepreneurs and online questionnaires/surveys can be used to gather primary research.

LA B: Choice of enterprise ideas could be reviewed as learners may need to adapt ideas to fit online methods of marketing and selling.

Unit 3

LA A and B: Methods used are likely to be digital and online as determined by local and/ or national restrictions in place.

Unit 4

LA A and B: - Use of online meetings with potential customers and online questionnaires. Presentation could be via online platform to virtual audience. This would need to be recorded for assessment/ verification purposes.

LAC: This could be addressed as feedback in an online survey or questionnaire if the pitch had to be recorded to gain necessary feedback.

Learners can carry out self-review of recordings. Videos of recordings would need to created in order for assessment of non-verbal communication skills to be assessed/verified.

Please see pages 11-12 of the Enterprise Delivery Guidance below.

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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.

Reduced Internal Assessment

This reduces the number of internal units which need to be assessed. The Reduced Unit Assessment for the BTEC Level 2 Technical Certificate in Business Administration is 60 GLH.

The following principles apply to all learners:
• All content must be taught.
• Centres should continue to bank units through the ‘interim’ claims function throughout the academic year.
• Units where reduced assessment is applied; teaching and learning should take place where possible under the current circumstances.
• Centres will need to reflect on learner's progression requirements, when choosing which units to apply reduced assessment, to ensure learners can confidently progress to Higher Education or to work.
• Centres will need to declare which units have been taught but not assessed (further administration guidance to follow)
• The unit/s that are taught but not assessed must be on the centre's assessment plan for 2020/2021 academic year
• Centres can choose to assess all units, and not use the reduced internal assessment option if they are able to assess all content
• Pearson will issue an overall grade for learners that are certificating, (further details to follow)

Please see page 11 of the Reduced unit assessment guidance below

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In-unit adaptations

Unit 2

Employer engagement/ work experience/ workplace is not required.

LA A: Three admin tasks can be evidenced. These can include managing
an electronic diary, taking minutes at a remote meeting, and learners
can suggest how travel arrangements could be made in given scenarios/ case studies.

LA B: The need for three different types of equipment can be reduced
to two. These can include: telephone (remove the requirement for a
telephone system), computer and use of a free app such as “scan bot”
where learners can showcase scanning skills used on a tablet/smartphone.

For 2020/2021 only, the assessment criteria have been adapted as follows:

B.P3: Use at least two different types of office equipment safely,
following instructions and procedures.

B.M3: Select and use at least two different types of office equipment
safely, in line with instructions and procedures.

B.D3 Select and use at least two different types of office equipment
safely and competently, in line with instructions and procedures.

LA C: The need for learners to evidence non-verbal communication has
been removed. Role play can be used to imitate work-place scenarios
using only written and verbal communication.

For 2020/2021 only, the assessment criteria have been adapted as follows:

C.P4 Communicate effectively with others using acceptable and
appropriate written and verbal communication skills and techniques.

C.P5 Demonstrate acceptable and appropriate behaviour

C.M4 Act in an exemplary manner and demonstrate good written and
verbal communication skills that are appropriate to the situations.

C.D4 Act in an exemplary manner and consistently demonstrate
professional written and verbal communication skills that are appropriate to the situations

Unit 3

LA A: If learners have no access remotely to data management software
learners can instead create instruction manuals describing how to
undertake the processes as outlined in the assessment criteria.

Learners could have access to case studies and screenshots to aid them
in describing the processes.

For 2020/2021 only, the assessment criteria have been adapted as follows:

A.P1: Describe how computer equipment can be used in line with
health, safety and security procedures.

A.P2: Describe how to enter, edit, format and store information
accurately using data management software appropriate to the
requirements of tasks.

A.M1: Describe how to use basic software interrogation tools to
correctly extract and collate information to meet task requirements.

A.D1: Describe navigation and use of more advanced interrogation
tools to analyse, manipulate and present accurate business information
to meet task requirements.

LA B: This can be undertaken on tablets/ smart devices remotely, using
free apps.

Unit 4

Business event could be a remote meeting e.g., setting up the online
event, sending out diary invites, typing up agenda and minutes and
circulating these.

LA C: No requirement for learners to gain participant feedback.
However, learners could evaluate the event themselves, considering
what went well and what improvements could be made.

Please see pages 13-15 of the Enterprise Delivery Guidance below.

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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.

Reduced Internal Assessment

This reduces the number of internal units which need to be assessed. The Reduced Unit Assessment for the BTEC Level 2 Technical Certificate in Marketing is 60 GLH.

The following principles apply to all learners:
• All content must be taught.
• Centres should continue to bank units through the ‘interim’ claims function throughout the academic year.
• Units where reduced assessment is applied; teaching and learning should take place where possible under the current circumstances.
• Centres will need to reflect on learner's progression requirements, when choosing which units to apply reduced assessment, to ensure learners can confidently progress to Higher Education or to work.
• Centres will need to declare which units have been taught but not assessed (further administration guidance to follow)
• The unit/s that are taught but not assessed must be on the centre's assessment plan for 2020/2021 academic year
• Centres can choose to assess all units, and not use the reduced internal assessment option if they are able to assess all content
• Pearson will issue an overall grade for learners that are certificating, (further details to follow)

Please see page 11 of the Reduced unit assessment guidance below

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In-unit adaptations

Unit 2

Employer engagement/ work experience/ workplace is not required.

LA B: Primary research may be challenging if remote learning. Online questionnaires such as Survey Monkey can be used with a limited representation of the target audience.

LA C: Data can be presented in graphical/ written form.

Unit 3

LA C: If learners have no access remotely to appropriate software learners can instead create instruction manuals describing how to undertake the processes as outlined in the assessment criteria. If this is the case, learners will be assessed on their ability to describe the processes, rather than create.

The need for three digital marketing personas to be created has been reduced to two with description of optimisation rather than the use, in the event learners cannot access the necessary software.

Learners can create digital marketing communications such as email marketing, vlog, blog, online PR, social media post etc.

For 2020/2021 only, the assessment criteria have been adapted as follows:

C.P4: Create two digital marketing personas, giving a basic representation of the target audience.

C.P5: Design and create two digital marketing communications for a selected product or service, using basic tools and techniques to meet specific objectives and describe how optimisation could be used

C.M3: Create two digital marketing personas that give a detailed representation of the target audience and allow the effective design and creation of two digital marketing communications for a selected product or service to meet specified objectives, describing how optimisation
techniques and features could be used effectively.

C.D3 Create two digital marketing personas that give a comprehensive representation of the target audience and allow coherent design and creation of two digital marketing communications for a selected product or service to meet specified objectives, describing how advanced optimisation techniques and features and a split test could be used effectively

Unit 4

LA C: Presentation can be delivered remotely online. Or, alternatively, learners could record themselves delivering the presentation and share this to peers/ teachers to gain relevant feedback.

Please see pages 16-18 of the Enterprise Delivery Guidance below.

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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.

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2021 guidance

Delivery guidance is available from page 7 of the 'Business' document below.

Reduced unit assessment guidance is provided in the second document.

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BTEC Business+

This new digital resource accompanies the BTEC Nationals in Business.

Currently, Business+ is available for marketing units:

• Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign
• Unit 17: Digital Marketing
• Unit 22: Market Research

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

BTEC Business Professional Bodies Partnerships

We have partnership agreements with the following organisations:

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

Register for the CIM and BTEC session on 10 March 2021

  • CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development)
  • CMI (Chartered Management Institute)
 

January 2021 exam series

If your learners sat an exam or set task in the January series, results day is 17 March 2021

UCAS applications

Some learners have been concerned at not being able to find the BTEC Nationals on the UCAS application website.

Our advice is:

1) Enter "BTEC National" into the qualification search field.
2) Select: "Pearson BTEC Level 3 National [relevant size/GLH] (First teaching Sept 2016)"
3) Select the relevant subject/pathway.

If you search for a "2019" BTEC or if you omit the word "National", you won't find it. All the Nationals from 2016 onwards are categorised under "first teaching Sept 16", as it is part of the new suite regardless of the year of first teaching for a specific subject.

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2021 guidance

Delivery guidance is available from page 7 of the 'Enterprise' document below.

Reduced unit assessment guidance is in the second document.

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Recorded training

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

Watch the recording

January 2021 exam series

If your learners sat an exam or set task in the January series, Results Day is 17 March 2021

UCAS applications

Some learners have been concerned at not being able to find the BTEC Nationals on the UCAS application website.

Our advice is:

1) Enter "BTEC National" into the qualification search field.
2) Select: "Pearson BTEC Level 3 National [relevant size/GLH] (First teaching Sept 2016)"
3) Select the relevant subject/pathway.

If you search for a "2019" BTEC or if you omit the word "National", you won't find it. All the Nationals from 2016 onwards are categorised under "first teaching Sept 16", as it is part of the new suite regardless of the year of first teaching for a specific subject.

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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

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

Getting started training events (May-June 2021)

There are three 'Getting started' training events for the BTEC Nationals in Marketing.

12 May

9 June

16 June

 

 

BTEC International Level 3 in Business

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BTEC International Level 3

Business

Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

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)

The BTEC Q-TAG guidance has been updated and the approach required has been summarised in the latest international bulletin.

 

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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.

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.

 

 

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.

Ofqual has published the requirements for the Vocational and Technical Qualifications Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF), and we can now share our detailed guidance for Delivery and Assessment for Summer 2021 (please see below).

Wherever possible delivery and assessment should continue where safe to do so or via online delivery, using adaptations outlined in the Delivery and Assessment Guidance for BTEC Higher Nationals 2020-2021 (also below).

The primary mitigation for BTEC Higher National qualifications will be to 'Adapt' assessments, however, we understand that in some instances that will not be possible. Ofqual-regulated BTEC Higher Nationals are in Category B2 and are eligible for Unit Level Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGSs), with some exceptions detailed in the guidance.

Where unit assessments are incomplete, or have not taken place, centres are advised to use completed formative and summative assessments to make Teacher Assessed Grade decisions at unit level, as outlined in the Delivery and Assessment for Summer 2021 guidance.

What are the key things to know?

  • Assessment Boards will continue to be integral to awarding grades this summer and we will request Assessment Board minutes and a completed Assessment Grade Tracker, which will contain a Grade Declaration, for all grades (even where Unit Level TAGs are not being used). Our guidance sets out the details for the Grade Declaration and who can sign it.
  • As part of the VCRF requirements, once you’ve determined your Unit Level TAGs, you’ll need to complete a high-level check to ensure the grades are not overly lenient or unduly harsh compared to results in previous years.
  • You can start to submit your Assessment Board Minutes, Grade Tracker and Grade Declaration to your External Examiner as soon as you are ready, as there is no set ‘results day’ for BTEC Higher Nationals, but if your students need to have their results by August 2021, please make your submissions no later than 9 July 2021.
  • Remote ‘visits’ by External Examiners will take place this year as previously communicated. Please follow the guidance on remote EE sampling for UK or International centres, as required (please see documents below).
  • Your External Examiner will carry out an external quality review of the grades in the Assessment Board Tracker, alongside the Assessment Board Minutes and the Grade Declaration.
  • Certificates can be claimed via Edexcel Online in the usual way, but only once your External Examiner has released your programmes.

What additional support will be provided?

We will continue to review our FAQs regularly, adding more information when needed.

We will publish a video explaining the guidance to assessment and awarding for BTEC Higher Nationals in 2020/21 on our website by Wednesday 7 April.

You can also attend one of our live training sessions:

  • International Centres – Wednesday 21 April at 7am (BST)
  • UK Centres – Thursday 22 April at 2pm (BST)
Our support and guidance documents can also be accessed on our website and we will keep you up to date about any changes directly, or via the VQ Bulletin.

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The last registration date for the current (2016) specification is 31 August 2021. All new registrations from the 1 September 2021 will be on the new specification.

The current Higher Nationals in Business will expire 31st August 2021. Existing HNC/D students can continue to complete their studies on the current specification. Please be advised of the following:

  • ​for​ existing HNC in Business students registered (full or part time) on the programme completing this academic year (2020/2021), and who are looking to top up to the HND, we would advise you to register them onto the current HND​ in Business by 31 August 2021.
  • those HNC ​in Business students completing (full or part time) after 31 August 2021 can still be registered as top ups , but any HNC in Business transfers will have to be registered by contacting examsofficer@pearson.com who will be able to complete registration manually.

For further information and guidance, sign up now for forthcoming ‘What’s New –Introduction to the new 2021 Higher Nationals in Business’ free training sessions.

  •  29 April 0800 -1000 GMT
  •  25 May 1000-1200 GMT
  •  10 June 0800 -1000 GMT

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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