April 2022 BTEC Business update
Welcome to this April update!
The BTEC Tech Award February series results are now available. Question papers, mark schemes, grade boundaries and Lead examiner reports are all available, as well as ResultsPlus as part of our assessment feedback. Our post results services allow you to submit 'reviews of marking and moderation' (RoMM) and 'access to scripts' (ATS) requests, as well as appeals.
The latest news includes information on standards setting, BTEC Nationals Unit 6 (Principles of Management), and a DfE consultation on post-16 Level 2 provision.
There is also a reminder of the 2022 Be The Future Enterprise Challenge, news of a new migrant entrepreneur exhibition, information on the future of assessment and information on the 2024 DfE Performance Tables which is important if you have learners registered on the current Tech Award in Enterprise
In this month's update
- BTEC Results Day
- Latest news including how standards were set in January and February units
- Be The Future Enterprise Challenge
- 2021-2022 assessment support
- migrant entrepreneurs
- onscreen assessment
- training and professional development
- the regular links to our Level 2, Level 3 and International pages
Question papers, mark schemes and examiners' reports are available on the qualification page under 'Course Materials'.
Grade boundaries are available in examiners' reports and also on the grade boundaries page.
ResultsPlus is a free online results analysis tool for teachers that gives you a detailed breakdown of your students’ performance in Pearson Edexcel exams and BTEC external assessments.
Post results services are available as usual. You can submit 'reviews of marking and moderation' (RoMM) and 'access to scripts' (ATS) requests, as well as appeals.
In March, Ofqual released a student guide to exams and formal assessments in 2021 to 2022 which explains what is in place to support learners in taking exams and assessments, as well as providing other information about this year’s arrangements.
We have also created guidance for learners, should they have questions about Pearson’s approach, and we would be grateful if you could share this information with them.
In addition, we have created this guide for centres, which sets out how BTEC qualification grades will be awarded by Pearson in 2021/22.
When creating timetables, we consult with a number of stakeholders and we received no feedback to suggest that scheduling assessments on 3 May would potentially be problematic. Whilst we attempt to ensure that timetables do not clash with major religious festivals and celebrations, it is not always practical to clear a number of dates to accommodate events that do not have a confirmed date.
We understand that Eid al-Fitr may fall on 3 May this year, and we are acutely aware of the importance of ensuring that no learner is disadvantaged.
As such, we are advising centres to use the 'Timetable Variation Process', which is a business-as-usual process. Should any learner be potentially disadvantaged because of Eid celebrations, this will allow learners to sit in the morning of the following day, subject to appropriate undertakings about overnight supervision.
Please note, as specified in JCQ guidance, "the supervision of a candidate on journeys to and from the centre and overnight may be undertaken by the candidate’s parent/carer or centre staff".
On 2 March 2022 the DfE published the Post-16 Qualifications at Level 2 and Below Consultation. The consultation is open until Wednesday 27 April.
Alongside the changes to post-16 level 3 qualifications the DfE are looking to improve provision at level 2 and below. This consultation spells out their ambition to achieve this.
It follows a first phase Consultation which ran from March to June 2019 and a follow up Call for Evidence which ran from November 2020 to February 2021.
Do respond to the consultation if you would like to share your views on the future of Post-16 qualifications at Level 2 and below. We are currently working through the implications of the proposals and will share further details once we have them.
The current Tech Award in Enterprise
This qualification has been redeveloped and as it is phased out, the key dates are as follows
- 31 December 2022: final registration date for the current Tech award in Enterprise
- May/June 2023 exam series: final external assessment for Component 3
- 31 August 2023: final certification date for the current Tech award in Enterprise
The final registration and certification dates apply to centres in all nations.
What does the withdrawal of these qualifications mean to your centre?
From September 2022:
- Learners who plan to certificate in summer 2023 can continue to be registered onto the current qualifications.
- Learners who plan to certificate in 2024 onwards will need to be registered on the new 2022 versions of the qualifications.
We have created a dedicated webpage to cover these changes in more detail, including an overview of which new Tech Awards relate to the current BTEC Tech and First Awards, as well as guidance for registering new learners and transitioning learners onto the new suite.
What does this mean for your Year 9 Learners who have started an existing Tech Award?
If you need your learner’s performance to be recorded in 2024 Key Stage 4 Performance Tables, they will need to be transferred onto the redeveloped 2022 BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise. These learners should not be completing any assessments on current Tech Awards and should be withdrawn from assessments.
We are seeking expressions of interest for our Legal Services Provider Validation Panel (PVP) – this is where we ask you to take part in the development and work with us to make sure the Technical Qualification is right for your students and manageable for you to deliver.
To become a member, you must:
- be intending on delivering Legal Services in September 2023
- be experienced in delivering Legal or Law qualifications/units
- be able to attend PVP meetings (these will be remote, via teams or zoom) to discuss content, assessment, manageability, resources etc.
In November 2021, the Secretary of State for Education, announced that the original implementation timetable will be set back by one year.
This means that the phased removal of funding for BTECs that overlap with T Levels, and the phased introduction of the new Level 3 ‘Academic’ and ‘Technical’ qualifications will start from 2024/25 rather than 2023/24.
Please be reassured that
- you can continue to teach your BTECs with confidence in 2022/23 and 2023/24 and only some BTEC qualifications will be affected in 2024/25
- learners will be funded until completion for any courses they start.
We are working through the implications for each of our BTEC qualifications in all sector suites and we will update all our centres where there are any changes to
content, availability, and funding for BTECs.
You can find out more in the document below.
The BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise for first teaching in September 2022 has been included in the Department for Education's key stage 4 2024 performance tables.
The 2022 Tech Awards FAQs page is now live.
15 June 4-6pm Getting Started: Ways to teach and Assess the BTEC Tech award in Enterprise 2022
The 2022 Be The Future challenge is to create a social enterprise idea that addresses a social or environmental issue, such as poverty, climate change or inequality. Learners are encouraged to submit ideas for a social enterprise that could work to resolve these issues.
Submissions will be categorised by learners' Key Stage.
If you have candidates that are applying for university (via UCAS) or you follow the academic year, please enter these claims by the 5th July each year.
For all other learners that have completed the course and are not applying to attend a university, please enter the claim as soon as possible to ensure timely receipt of certificates.
Some BTEC Schools and Colleges have raised questions with their BTEC Standards Verifiers regarding sampling. In order to help support you in working together during the standards verification window, we hope the following question and answers provides the clarification you need:
A programme in our centre has been allocated for Enhanced Control sampling but we cannot provide two units this year. What will my Standards Verifier (SV) sample?
If certification is required in summer 2022 and you are delivering a second unit this year outside of the sampling window, then permission for a late sample may be granted, providing this can take place by 30 June 2022. The SV can also sample a unit from Year 1 of the programme, providing it has not been certificated, previously sampled in 2020/21, or subject to U-TAG Quality Assurance.
If certification is required in summer 2022 and there is only one unit available to sample due to the qualification size, then the SV will sample that unit.
If certification is not required in summer 2022, the SV will sample what is available as an ‘Not Yet Fully Sampled’ (NYFS) sample.
Due to our assessment plan, we are unable to provide a full unit for sampling until after the sampling window. Will a sample still need to take place?
Firstly, the SV will enquire as to whether you can amend your assessment plan to ensure a full unit is available within the sampling window. This is the best way for us to ensure secure certification for your learners, and your consideration is appreciated. Understandably, this may not be possible and the SV will not insist that you do so.
The SV can also sample a unit from Year 1 of the programme providing it has not been certificated, previously sampled in 2020/21, or subject to a U-TAG.
In exceptional circumstances, and only where possible, permission for a late sample may be granted, providing this can take place by 30 June 2022. Any sampling undertaken past this date may result in delays to certification.
We are running the first year of the programme (so no certificating learners) but are assigned Enhanced Control. There is only one component/unit available for sampling. What will the SV sample?
If it is the first year of the programme and no certification is required, the SV will sample the one unit/component available and set the report to ‘Not Yet Fully Sampled’ (NYFS) .
We do not have any units available for sampling due to U-TAGs and/or streamlined assessment. What will the SV sample?
This scenario would only occur on smaller sized qualifications. If certification is not required, sampling will be deferred until next year. Centres in this situation will have had Pearson Quality Assurance of their U-TAG judgements earlier this academic year.
If certification is required, the SV can sample a unit from Year 1 of the programme providing it has not been certificated or previously fully sampled in 2020/21. They are also able to sample the streamlined component/unit if a Year 1 unit is unavailable.
Taking Care of Business is a new immersive exhibition at the Migration Museum opening on 9 April 2022 and running to 5 March 2023.
Entrepreneurship has always been at the heart of the immigrant experience. Migrant entrepreneurs have influenced the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and many other aspects of our lives. This exhibition tells some of their stories.
The museum is based in Lewisham Shopping Centre, London SE13 7HB and welcomes educational visits which might be appropriate for BTEC Nationals in Business (Unit 1 Learning Aim E), BTEC Nationals in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship (Unit 1), BTEC Tech Award in Enterrprise, BTEC Firsts in Business (Unit 3), and the BTEC Level 2 Technical Certificate in Business Enterprise.
You’re not alone. Many teachers have been asking about our plans and thousands of students took our onscreen GCSE mocks last year.
We believe in creating assessments that encourage progress, enable access and inclusion, and enrich learning. This has driven our use of onscreen assessment in over 115 countries for more than a decade and how we approach what’s next.
Our focus: where and how we can use technology to positively impact assessments and students’ lives.
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
Pearson Event Code - 22UKVGSENT-05
These two videos provide a useful introduction to BTEC external assessment and how best to prepare learners for them.
The “Teach accounting with confidence” course was delivered between January - March 2022
It uses the Colour Accounting Learning System, an educational approach that makes accounting education accessible, engaging and fun for learners and teachers alike.
The 10 sessions were:
- Introductory session: the pedagogy
- Topic 1: The BaSIS Board
- Topic 2: Non-current assets
- Topic 3: Statement of Financial Position
- Topic 4: Gross Profit and expenses
- Topic 5: Statement of Comprehensive Income
- Topic 6: Sources of Finance
- Topic 7: Cash flow statements
- Topic 8: Break-even analysis
- Topic 9: Personal finance
You will need to register on the Accounting Cafe site and once registered you will have access to recordings of each session as well as the materials used.