July 2021 BTEC Business update

13 July 2021

This July update is the last of the year and includes information on appeals which might help you to prepare for results days in August (10 August for Level 3 and 12 August for Level 2).

There is also news about the revised Tech Award and about changes to Unit 2 of the BTEC Nationals in both Business and Enterprise & Entrepreneurship.

After a very difficult year, I do hope that you are able to enjoy a relaxing summer break when it comes.

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Support for Summer 2021  

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
 

The Z flag functionality is now available on Edexcel Online for reporting reductions in assessments for learners. We have updated our step-by-step guidance to reflect this in the BTEC Administration Guidance document below.
For now, please report unit grades or flags using ‘Interim Claims’ only:

  • all internal assessments that were due, but could not take place due to the pandemic or as part of the original ‘permitted reduced assessment’ (scheduled to take place between 1 August 2020-31 August 2021), via the ‘Z-Flag’ function. This should be used for all ‘B1’ BTEC qualifications, namely: Firsts, Nationals, Tech Awards and Technicals
  • the assessment did take place; then you should, of course, report the unit grade awarded using the ‘interim’ function.


If learners have assessments that are due to take place next year, you should not report anything against those units, as you have not yet assessed them.

For mid-flight learners we anticipate that a TAG (component or qualification-level) will be requested by Pearson during the learner’s year of certification. At the time of writing, this will apply only to those units which were due to be assessed between 1 August 2020 – 31 August 2021, including external assessments.

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We have explained in our BTEC Appeals Guidance (please see below) that any centre errors on Q-TAGs will require you to complete the Q-TAG amendment form (also below) so that we can process your corrections.

As a reminder here are the deadlines and details:

  • Centres can correct a teacher assessed grade between 18 June and 18 July 2021 by contacting Pearson via the customer contact portal. You will also need to fill in the Q-TAG amendment form which can be returned to us via the customer contact portal
  • Centres can correct a teacher assessed grade after 18 July 2021 by contacting resultsresolution@pearson.com. Centres should note that any errors submitted after 18 July may not be processed in time for results day
  • Centres should apply to appeal (including centre error appeals) using Edexcel Online - from 10 August 2021.

10 August: Level 3 Learner results day

12 August: Level 2 Learner results day

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The basic document that covers the whole process is the JCQ Guide to the 2021 appeals processes (please see link below).

Section 3 covers the information that can be shared with learners to give them an understanding of the process.  You may wish to consider this alongside Appendix F.

Section 4 explains how you can check for procedural or administrative errors, and if you find any, ask us to correct them before results day.

Section 5 provides information about the centre review process (this is the first stage of any appeals process).  Appendix B is the form to requesto a centre review and appeal and Appendix D tells you how to change grades after results day.

 

No grade protection

Learners need to understand that there is no grade protection this year and that a grade could go down, up or stay the same as a result of a centre review or appeal.

10 August: Level 3 Learner results day

12 August: Level 2 Learner results day

23 August: deadline for priority appeals (A priority appeal is only for students applying to higher education who did not attain the offer they accepted as their first choice and wish to appeal a Level 3 qualification result.)

17 September: deadline for non-priority appeals

We aim to process priority appeals by 8 September and non-priority appeals within 42 calendar days.

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Support for BTEC qualifications

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

Our next event is Friday 16 July 12pm - 1pm, a brief overview of the of the Quality Assurance process for 2021/22. We are limiting attendance to 1 person per centre, although we'll be making the recording available.

You can book your place here.

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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

Sharing BTEC stories

Do you have any learners who have finished their BTECs in Business and are starting out with a career, or at university, and making progress?

If they would be willing to share their thoughts about their course and why they think others should do one too, we would love to hear from them!

Their stories would be shared on our website and social media platforms.

Your BTEC Story

 

 

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Congratulations to our social enterprise winners

 

 

 

In February this year, we launched the Be The Future social enterprise competition in collaboration with the Peter Jones Foundation.

We would like to say a huge congratulations to everyone who entered the challenge and are delighted to announce the three winners that have been chosen.

You can find out more about this year’s winners and sign up to receive updates on next year’s challenge on the Be The Future page.  We hope you’ll try again next year, if possible.

Go to the Be The Future page

Mentoring Gen Z

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Mentoring Gen Z

Wednesdays at 11.00

 

 

The Mentoring Gen Z programme is a free initiative launched in January 2021 to help empower young people to build, grow and excel in their marketing career.

Mentoring Gen Z strives to forge connections between young people and mentors from companies such as L’Oréal, Aviva, Google, Camelot, Boots, Nando’s, Accenture, NatWest, Sky, Adobe, WPP, and the Financial Times .

The programme runs every Wednesday at 11 am GMT and it is an interactive 90-minute Zoom session limited to 20 mentees per session.  Mentees get the chance to meet, listen and question a mentor of their choice.

To receive updates on upcoming mentoring sessions your learners should visit the Mentoring Page and click 'Register'.

Go to the Mentoring Gen Z Page

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 and the Z flag, 2021

Mid-flight learners:

1. If the in-unit adaptation has been used and the component completed before 31 July, please input the achieved grade.

2. If the assessment plan shows that a component was due to be completed between 1 August 2020 and 31 August 2021 and the disruption was such that the in-unit reductions were not enough, then the Z flag should be used to indicate this. This could be for a cohort or perhaps an individual learner who wasn't able to complete all assessments.

3. For the component that is delivered across the two years nothing is to be entered as it will continue to be taught and assessed next year.

The provisional timetable for January 2022 is:

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Hosted by the Peter Jones Foundation, this webinar is for teachers delivering the BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Enterprise. It will look at different definitions of enterprise and explore what distinguishes an enterprise course from a more traditional qualification in business studies. The Foundation will give examples of project-based learning, competitions and opportunities that can bring the qualification to life. This webinar will also include a chance to hear from and question an entrepreneur with a portfolio of successful business interests and all attendees will receive a taster flash challenge set by Peter Jones CBE.

9th September 3.45PM - 5PM - Register here

15th September 3.45PM - 5PM - Register here

22nd September 3.45PM - 5PM - Register here

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. We are currently making amendments to our draft specifications following feedback from Ofqual and will be sharing them with you the week of 19th July.

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:

  • Engaging 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.

We will be supporting the launch of the revised qualifications with a series of events for all subjects from September.

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

There are more enterprise ideas and resources on the Enterprise support page.

Visit the BTEC Enterprise page.

 

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

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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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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.

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.

 

 

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 with a 2 hour review period on the morning of the Part B assessment

PART B will take place in the afternoon following PART A and there will be minimal change to the assessment or assessment grid

Unit 2 guidance document

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

The changes and will be supported by new Sample Assessment Materials (due to be released by 01/09/2021).

There will also be training in October:

  • 6th Oct 4PM-6PM
  • 11th Oct 4PM-6PM
  • 13th Oct 4PM-6PM
  • 20th Oct 4PM-6PM  

FAQs

Will the Part B be the same as previous exam sessions in terms of marks, time and layout of the paper?

Yes. Part B will remain a total of 70 marks. Activity 1 will be worth a total of 34 marks and Activity 2 worth 36 marks.

The layout of the paper will be consistent i.e., Activity 1 will require the preparation of a rationale for a marketing campaign and Activity 2 will require candidates to produce a plan for the marketing campaign of a given business.


Why have you made these changes? 

We have made these changes because of the problems centres faced planning and scheduling the Part A. Centres have told us this format of assessment, is more manageable.

Have you made changes to the timetable to reflect the Unit 3 changes?

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


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.

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

Part A 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.

What is permitted in the two hour reading period in the Part A of the Unit 2 exam?  Can students discuss and ask questions etc?

Learners are not allowed to discuss the Part A document and tutors/ teachers/ invigilators cannot give learners any support or guidance during the Part A period. The Part A reading period must be conducted under the same level of medium control as the Part B. 

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.

What level of supervision is required over lunch between Parts A and B? Can students keep their annotated copy of Part A during this supervised lunch?

Annotated Part A materials should be collected in following the morning review session and redistributed to learners at the start of the Part B session.


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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January 2022

The provisional timetable for January 2022 is:

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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

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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)
  • CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development)
  • CMI (Chartered Management Institute)
 
 
 
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January 2022

The provisional timetable for January 2022 is:

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Recorded training

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

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

Go to the qualification page

January 2022

The provisional timetable for January 2022 is:

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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

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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

 

 

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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 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.

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.  

AABs have been developed to support centres with their assessment strategy for the delivery of core units and a sample of selected specialist and/or optional units. Each unit has a full set of AABs covering all learning outcomes, which will provide tutors with a diverse range of engaging assessment methods to use for the assessment of these units.

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.

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.

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 links below.

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.

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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