March 2021 BTEC Business update

Thu Mar 11 00:00:00 UTC 2021

This month we will be learning more about the outcomes of the January Ofqual consultation and communicating with you to let you know how the processes will work.

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.

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Ofqual consultations

We can now share our additional guidance for assessment arrangements for Vocational and Technical qualifications this year.

After Ofqual’s technical consultation we can indicate the approach we are taking to the processes relating to the awarding arrangements this year.

The guidance includes learner eligibility, the steps you will take to make a holistic Q-TAG judgement and common sources of alternative evidence. We will update this guidance with additional confirmed information once we have the consultation outcomes towards the end of March and as finer details are confirmed.

We have also launched a new webpage for the awarding arrangements for BTEC. We will keep all information for BTEC on this page, but it will also provide links to other resources for other vocational qualifications.

Go to the Awarding results 2021 web page.

We have also published a guidance document with information for certificating and non-certificating learners  and which includes full details of the process to follow.

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.  

Reduced Unit Assessment 2020-2021

Reduced Optional Unit Assessments will be applied to the:

  • BTEC RQF Nationals (2016 –2020)
  • BTEC QCF Nationals 2010
  • BTEC Firsts
  • BTEC Level 2 Technicals

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Be The Future 2021

Be The Future is a social enterprise challenge for all students in Key Stages 3–5.

The Be the Future submission window has been extended to Friday 19th March at 5pm

The challenge is to create a social enterprise idea that addresses a social or environmental issue, such as poverty, climate change or inequality. We want to hear your ideas for a social enterprise that could work to resolve these issues.

Learners with the top entries will win an online enterprise workshop, hosted by the Peter Jones Foundation, with the opportunity to meet and hear from leading social entrepreneurs. They will also win a social enterprise hamper, full of small business goodies.

Learners are encouraged to submit a short video pitch (2 minutes, max) of their idea, or an activity sheet if they can't do the video.

The Be the Future website has more information about the campaign, our partnership with the Peter Jones Foundation and the relevant documents to submit your entries.

Go to the Be The Future website

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

Nominate your BTEC Business stars now

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Nominations for BTEC Awards 2021 are still open!

 

 

 

Do you know an exceptional BTEC student or teacher? Do you want to recognise their consistent hard work and achievements? Nominate them for a BTEC Award! The BTEC Awards is an annual competition where the outstanding achievements of BTEC learners, apprentices, teachers, schools and colleges around the world are celebrated. 2021 will be an extra special year as we continue to recognise the exceptional resilience of students and teachers who have inspired and enabled their learners to achieve despite the challenges of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Enter your stars

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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This is a search engine for BTEC and covers both Level 2 and 3 qualifications (like Google for BTEC!).

Web for BTEC helps learners develop their research skills by showing articles and videos solely related to BTEC qualifications. The content is relevant to your learner’s specific subjects and approved by teachers, all served without distractions.

A customised search engine designed to help your learners cut through the internet’s noise and overload and go straight to the content they need. By filtering out irrelevant content they can access specific content to help them understand and achieve better grades.

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.

 

Our Qualifications

 

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Enterprise

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BTEC Level 1/2 qualifications

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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.

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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

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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

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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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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

We are running a free session on 10 March 2021 to provide an overview of the partnership between Pearson BTEC and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Register for the CIM and BTEC session on 10 March 2021

 

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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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 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.

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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