April 2023 BTEC Business update

Tue Apr 04 09:30:00 UTC 2023

Welcome to this April update!

There is a lot of news about the Tech Award this month with advice on how to apply for an extension for this window, as well as the extra time in future PSA windows. (Please see the Tech Award section below).  For the Legacy Tech Award, the entry deadline for component 3 resits has been extended to 20 April.

Please do read the JCQ guidance on the use of AI in assignments.

We don't have any new information on the Level 3 reforms, but an event has been scheduled for May when we hope to know more.

The provisional winter 2024 timetable is now available, and you are invited to provide feedback on the dates.

There are no Igniting Enterprise webinars this month, but we do have two in May (both advertised below) and the Be The Future social enterprise challenge is now up and running with a deadline in June.

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PJF May 4 2023

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PJF May 18 2023

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Key dates

Date Event
6 April   Results Day for Tech Award Component 3
20 April   Learners who sat BTEC assessments in the February 2023 series (Legacy Tech Award) can be re-entered for May exams after February results have been issued, and no late fees will be charged. The entry deadline for these learners is 20 April
20 April Window for Review of Marking or Moderation (RoMM) closes
2 May Deadline for mark submission and upload of learner work for sampled learners (2022 Tech Award) - please see below to apply for an extension under Tech Award.
15 May   First sample to SV
5 July   Claiming deadline: for all students expecting a result following the release of May/June 2023 external examination results.
17 August   BTEC Level 3 results released to learners
24 August   BTEC Level 2 results released to learners




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Be The Future is a social enterprise challenge that addresses a social or environmental issue. The challenge is run in partnership with the Peter Jones Foundation. The closing date is 9 June 2023.

Find out more about the 2023 Be The Future Challenge

Now in its third year, this enterprise challenge produced worthy winners last year at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5

Meet the 2022 winners



BTEC Assessment 2023

On 28 March 2023, the Joint Council for qualifications published guidance about the use of artifical intelligence (AI) in assessments.

The JCQ AI Use in Assessments: Protecting the Integrity of Qualifications guidance is intended to provide teachers and assessors involved in delivering JCQ qualifications with the important information they need to manage the use of AI in assessments.

This guidance applies to all our qualifications including BTEC qualifications.

Please do take a look at this guidance.

The teaching, learning and assessment page for 2022-23 will keep you up to date with the latest news and information to support you delivering BTEC qualifications. 

This guide provides learners and parents with information about this year’s arrangements for qualifications regulated by Ofqual.  

We have published an updated version of the BTEC Instructions for Conducting External Assessments (ICEA) document.

This document provides you with the information you need to carry out external assessments, including who's responsible at each stage and additional advice around best practices, for BTEC Firsts, Tech Awards, Technicals and Nationals.

Please also refer to the individual subject administrative support guides (ASGs), which you can locate within the Course Materials section of each subject area.

For additional information, see our BTEC External Assessments article.

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The BTEC Centre Guide to Standards verification includes information about

  • the allocation of a Standards Verifier
  • the BTEC Standards Verification Control Measures
  • how sampling works and sample sizes
  • accessing the SV report
  • claiming Grades Post-Standards Verification

The key dates are provided below.

SV timeline

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We have released the provisional winter 2024 timetable earlier this month. You can submit any feedback to us through timetables@pearson.com, until the 21 April. The final timetable will be released on 26 April.




The Level 3 reforms

This page provides an overview of the reforms and will be updated as and when new information becomes available.

As part of the Level 3 Vocational Qualification reforms we would like to invite you to help influence the next generation of BTEC Nationals. We want to ensure we capture the teacher and learner voice in our qualifications and support materials.

This is your opportunity to have your say and get involved.

The funding guides below for 16-19 year olds give you a comprehensive view of funding for 2022/23 – 2024/25. This will give you clarity on how the recent updates on funding for BTEC Level 3 affect your centre and learners.

These guides take us up to the cohort starting in September 2024.

Please note that the situation in England, Northern Ireland and Wales is not necessarily the same for all sectors so please do check the correct file.

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BTEC National qualifications in Business, Enterprise and Marketing briefing session: latest developments around the reforms at Level 3.

17 May 2023 at 16:00 - 18:00 GMT

This event will provide you with the latest information on developments around the reforms at Level 3. It will also provide an opportunity to get your views and insight to help us shape our qualification(s) and support offer in ways that best meet you and your learners’ needs. The session will be managed by the sector team leading on the redevelopment of our qualifications at Level 3 and will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions (for UK centres only).

Register now




2022 TA Enterprise

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Tech Award Level 1/2


Delivery support page

  • Admin
  • Delivery
  • Free resources
  • Paid-for resources

Assessment support page

  • Preparation for assessment
  • The internally assessed components (running and then assessing a PSA)
  • The externally assessed component
  • Calculating the final grade

Moderator Reports (available via Edexcel Online) include feedback on your marking, and Principal Moderator reports detail the outcomes of the series overall and give helpful guidance for future series.

If you have concerns about your results after having reviewed your moderator report, you can request a Post Results Service: Review of Moderation (Service 3) (RoM) until 20 April.  

We have heard from teachers that the 2 May deadline for completing internal assessments has been challenging due to a number of factors. If your learners are experiencing a loss of assessment time you can now request an extension using our support portal.

When submitting your request please using the following classifications:

  • Request type – Coursework & Controlled/Internal Assessment
  • Category – Deadlines & Dates
  • Sub Category – Extension to Deadline

This page provides guidelines on marking internally assessed work for the Pearson set assignments and explains how the moderation process works for the BTEC Tech Awards from 2022.

Following your feedback, we will be releasing all Enterprise Pearson Set Assignments one month earlier within each series. This will give you more time to spend preparing for and administering the assessments. From September onwards, the Pearson Set Assignments will be released as follows:

December assessment series: early September

May assessment series: early January

This support page contains articles on:

  • Registration & Entry processes
  • Access Arrangements & Modified Papers
  • Internal Assessment & Learner Work Transfer (LWT)
  • Quality Assurance
  • Further Support
  • BTEC Tech Awards from 2022 Overview Video

03 May 2023 at 16:00 - 18:00 GMT

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.  

Register for the event.

The provisional dates for 2022-2023 registrations, entries and moderation of PSAs are now available in the document below.

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The 2022 Tech Awards FAQs page is now live.

Go to the FAQ page.



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BTEC Nationals

The Admin Support Guides set out the procedures to follow during Parts A and B of Units 2 and 6, as well as how to run Unt 7.

To ensure that all learners who undertook the assessment were treated fairly, we took steps, working with our senior examining team, to make accommodations within the mark scheme. We worked with the wider examining team to ensure that these were understood and applied consistently. As a result, we are confident that the potential adverse effect caused to learners, as a result of the issues, have been effectively mitigated. In order to provide you with more detailed information the Lead Examiner has detailed the actions within their report, and we would encourage you to access this Lead Examiner report, along with the final mark scheme.

The assessment format of Unit 2 (Developing a Marketing Campaign) changed from January 2022.

This unit (31489H) forms part of the external assessment on the

  • Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Business
  • Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

This overview summarises the key changes.

The two resources for open evenings are:

  • BTEC Works
  • Routes  to Success

This Routes to Success page could be useful in informing conversations at open evenings and when discussing next steps with learners.

Visit Routes to success.

BTEC works is designed to help you have conversations with learners and parents about next steps.

Visit BTEC Works

We are planning the development of a new BTEC National in Sustainability that will focus on environment, economy and society.

Read about Sustainability Education

This qualification will go beyond the science of major issues such as the climate and include sustainable economies. As such, we are looking for feedback from any teachers delivering business at Level 3.

If you are willing to participate, please email daniel.freaker@pearson.com




2022 Enterprise spec

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Level 1/2

Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Buisness

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Level 3


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