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March 2024 BTEC Business update

Wed Mar 06 10:30:00 UTC 2024

Welcome to this March 2024 update.

The deadline for the submission of work via Learner Work Transfer for the BTEC Tech Awards is now 15 May 2024 (extended from 1 May 2024).

This update also includes news of two training events for the Tech Award before Easter about the internally assessed components, and one event after Easter about Component 3.  There is also information about claiming certification and entering for resits.

I hope that you are able to enjoy the Easter break when it comes.

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Key dates

Date Event
21 March Results Day for Tech Award January components and BTEC Firsts and Nationals
29 March Learners who sat external assessments in the December/January series can be re-entered for May/June assessments after results have been issued, and no late fees will be charged. The entry deadline for these learners is 29th March. Late fees will apply after this date.
18 April Tech Award late certification window closes
15 May *NEW* Deadline for mark submission and upload of work of sampled learners for Tech Award PSAs
15 May Deadline for submitting the first sample to the Standards Verifier (Firsts and Nationals)
5 July Claiming deadline to make a full award claim, inputting all internal grades, for learners expecting a result following the release of May/June 2024 external examination results.
15 August Level 3 Results Day: release of Level 3 results to learners. 
22 August Level 2 Results Day: release of Level 2 results to learners.

2022 TA Enterprise

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The key dates for the Component 1 and 2 PSAs are in the Key Dates Schedule.  Please note that the deadline for mark submission and upload of work of sampled learners for internal assessments has been moved from 1 May to 15 May.

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The Component 3 key dates are:

Date Activity
21 February  Entry deadline for May exam
21 March  Results day for January exam
8 May pm  Exam
22 August  Results day for May exam

  Entry code
Component 1 BEN01
Component 2 BEN02
Component 3 BEN03
Qualification cash-in code CEN01

The 2022 Tech Awards FAQs page is now live.

Go to the FAQ page

Please visit our 'Understanding results' page which is specifically geared to the Tech Awards

Delivery support page

  • Admin
  • Delivery
  • Free and paid-for resources

Go to the delivery support page

Assessment support page

  • The internally assessed components 
  • The externally assessed component

Go to the assessment support page

Upcoming BTEC Tech Award training events

Marking and moderation for Internally Assessed Components

14 March 4-6 pm Marking and moderation for Internally Assessed Components Register 
20 March 4-6 pm Marking and moderation for Internally Assessed Components Register 
24 April 4-6 pm Preparing for External Assessment Register

BTEC Tech Award training page

Our new BTEC Tech Award training and resources page is where you can find all the live and on-demand training resources for Tech Awards.


The BTEC Bitesize BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise videos

Component 1

  • How to select appropriate ​enterprises Component 1
  • Component 1 Task 1a
  • Component 1 Task 1b
  • Component 1 Task 1 best practice
  • Component 1 Task 2
  • Component 1 Task 2 best practice
  • Component 1 Task 3a
  • Component 1 Task 3b
  • Component 1 Task 3 best practice
  • How to prepare learners to use their time effectively Component 1
  • Alternative evidence requirements for Components 1 and 2
Component 2
  • Exploring enterprise ideas for Component 2
  • Best practice for Component 2 Task 1
  • Component 2 Task 1b (aims) NEW!
  • Best practice for Component 2 Task 2
  • Preparing learners to use time well Component 2 Task 1
  • How to prepare learners to use their time effectively during Component 2 Task 2
  • Presenting Component 2 Task 2
Overlaps
  • Overlaps in content between Components 1, 2 and 3

Use of learner work from previous PSA submissions for retakes

Learners can retake internally assessed components once, should they need or want to during their course. It is always in the best interests of the learner to be entered for assessment when teachers judge that they are ready to be assessed.

If learners are retaking internally assessed components, they must respond to the new PSA released for that series. Learners are permitted to adapt work from their initial sitting where it is appropriate. They can use the full allocated time, including monitored preparation where applicable, and if they choose to adapt work from their initial sitting, they will need to repurpose, build upon and/or amend their work to meet the new PSA. Learners should never be overly guided on how to improve their work, and if assistance is provided, this should be documented and considered during assessment.

For further information, centres should follow the JCQ Guidance, with particular attention paid to sections 2 and 17.


Updated: assessment record template for the Tech Awards

We now have updated the assessment record template for the BTEC Tech Awards (2022).


Exemplar Standardisation Materials

Exemplar Standardisation Materials based on work produced for PSAs is now availale for both components..

Please use the zip files dated 2023.

The terminal assessment rule requires learners to take the external assessment at the end of their qualification (when the learner is due to certificate). This means that learners must sit internal component assessments either prior to or in the same series as the external assessment to fulfil this terminal rule.

If a learner chooses to retake an internal assessment in a series after they sat the terminal external assessment, they will also need to resit the external component to satisfy the terminal rule.

Learners are allowed one resit of the external assessment within the programme.

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January series follow up

You may have submitted a certification claim (CEN01) when making the Component 3 entry for the January series back in October. 

If you did not and have a learner who sat their terminal assessment in January and is happy with their result, you have until 18 April to make a late certification claim based on the January Component 3 result.

However, if a learner is not happy with their result and intends to resit in the May/June series, the entry deadline is 29 March and you must enter both the Component 3 code (BEN03) and the certification claim code (CEN01).

21 March Results Day for January series Learner not happy with result. Learner happy with result.
29 March Entry deadline
  • make May Component 3 entry (BEN03)
  • make certification entry (CEN01)
 

18 April

Late certification deadline

 
  • Components 1 and 2 were completed by 15 December 
  • Certification code CEN01 not used with January Component 3 entry
  • Make certification claim now (use code CEN01)
   
  • Components 1 and 2 were completed by 15 December
  •  Certification code CEN01  used with January Component 3 entry
  • Qualification completed

BTEC Nationals

Starting from the January series, you will upload learner work for BTEC set tasks using our Learner Work Transfer (LWT) portal. This will offer increased data protection and security for your learners’ work. We will be in touch with all customers who will need to use learner work transfer to ensure you have access to the system and receive support from us to upload your learner work successfully.

To prepare for the transition to LWT, all colleagues in your school or college who are involved in the upload of learner work should have an Edexcel Online account.

The BTEC Works site can help with recruitment of learners.


The Level 2 and 3 Reforms

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The post-16 Level 2 vocational qualifications landscape in England is undergoing a significant reform.

To keep you informed, we have created a dedicated webpage providing an overview of the reforms, detailing what we know so far, and explaining the implications for you and your post-16 Level 2 curriculum.

In light of the BTEC Business and other VQ Business, Enterprise, Marketing qualifications being withdrawn in 2026, we would like to understand what your portfolio of curriculum may look like and would appreciate your feedback in order to steer our thinking and development. Many thanks for taking the time to complete this.

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

The funding checklists below for 16-19 year olds give you a comprehensive view of funding  which takes us up to the cohort starting in 2025.

This will give you clarity on how the recent updates on funding for BTEC Level 3 affect your centre and learners.

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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.

Although too early for Business-related qualifications we do have two new pages where new AAQ and technical qualifications will be featured.


BTEC Assessment 2024

A summary of what’s changed:

  • real-life candidate malpractice examples involving AI that has not been referenced appropriately (see new appendix A)
  •  new information on how to authenticate private candidate work
  •  a new section, AI use and marking, to give clearer guidance on the impact on marking of student use of AI tools and on the use of AI tools by assessors when marking, with real-life examples (see new appendix B)
  • an expanded list of AI tools and AI detection tools.

As users of our Learner Work Transfer platform, we would like to hear from you about your experiences with the system. The outcomes of this survey will help us to continue to introduce improvements, making it easier for you to upload and monitor learner work in future series.

The survey is anonymous but there is the opportunity to leave contact details to provide more in depth feedback if you so wish.

In January we started to allocate standards verifiers (SVs) to the BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 programmes delivered in centres. Standards verification is an integral part of our quality assurance model and must be completed fully and in a timely manner to ensure the successful issue of learner results.

SVs will contact the quality nominee in the first instance to introduce themselves, their role and the sampling process. Quality Nominees then share this information with the relevant lead internal verifier(s), who are then responsible for working with the SV to get the process underway.

The deadline for samples to be shared with your SV is 15 May, although we recommend that this takes place at the earliest opportunity. This will be agreed with your SV upon review of your assessment plan(s).

The 2023-2024 Centre Guide to Standards Verification (please see below) details the sampling approach and strategy for this academic year and also includes the key dates.

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The Special Consideration Service is a new online tool to submit and track special consideration requests for BTEC First and National qualifications. This service opened in early January, which means your Exams Officer will no longer complete any paper JCQ Form 10 applications.

Your Exams Officer will be able to track the receipt and processing of special consideration applications for BTEC Firsts and Nationals. All special consideration requests for general and vocational qualifications in summer 2024 will be processed through the Special Consideration Service.

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There is an updated version of the Assessment Record template for BTEC Entry – Level 3, these can be accessed on the BTEC forms and guides webpage.

This template now includes an updated authenticity declaration to include acknowledgement of any use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools. This form is provided for immediate use.

AI declaration

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If you design and use your own Assessment Record, please ensure this is updated to replicate the authenticity statement in our template/s.

The grade statistics for BTEC qualifications are published in late October/early November on the grade statistics page of the website.

These statistics can be used for benchmarking purposes. Please note that in line with all qualifications, learner achievement is reported at qualification level and not at unit level.

What to teach?

Here the answer is simple.  Please teach all of the specification content.

What to assess?

The BTEC Centre Guide to Internal Assessment states:

Do Assignment Briefs need to cover all unit/component content?

No. Your assignment brief needs to cover just what is being assessed so no need to include the entire unit content.

All unit/component content needs to be taught, where relevant, to provide learners with the breadth and depth to their studies. There is no formula for how much content needs to be assessed.

The amount of content the learner will need to refer to will depend on the specific requirements of the actual assignment and the requirements of the assessment criteria and associated assessment guidance which can sometimes prescribe which areas of the unit/component content needs to be assessed.

Section 6 of the BTEC National specifications includes the following:

As assignments provide a final assessment, they will draw on the specified range of teaching content for the learning aims. The specified content is compulsory. The evidence for assessment need not cover every aspect of the teaching content as learners will normally be given particular examples, case studies or contexts in their assignments. For example, if a learner is carrying out one practical performance, or an investigation of one organisation, then they will address all the relevant range of content that applies in that instance.


2022 Enterprise spec

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Level 1/2

Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Buisness

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BTEC Int

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