September 2021 BTEC Business update

13 September 2021

Welcome back to the new year.  I hope that you were able to enjoy some time away from work and to relax.

One of the issues at the forefront of your mind at the start of this new year will likely be information around awarding arrangements for 2022.  We will keep you updated as soon as details are finalised with DfE and Ofqual.  There are two ways you can ensure that you do not miss out on any information suggested below.

If you teach the Tech Award in Enterprise please do check the information about assessment adaptations, and if you teach the BTEC Nationals there is more information about the changes to Unit 2 and the January 2022 timetable.  We also have more information about the future of our BTEC Nationals.

I do hope that the start of term goes well.

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Here are two ways you can ensure that you do not miss out on any information.

First you could sign up to receive your VQ Bulletin.

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Second you could visit and, perhaps, bookmark a new teaching, Learning and assessment web page.

Go to the Teaching, learning and assessment 2021/2022 page.

Streamlined assessment 2021-2022

In 2020-2021 the Qualification-level  ‘Teacher Assessed Grade’ (TAG) processes ensured that learners were able to claim certification and move on to the next stage of their education or employment.  This meant that we were not able to issue Unit Certificates (also known as Notifications of Performance or NOPs) due to the holistic process put in place.

For 2021-2022 the current regulation from Ofqual does not currently permit TAGs.  In consideration of this,  we are implementing updated adaptations called ‘streamlined assessment’ for the qualifications listed within this guidance. Streamlined assessment is where you will only be required to assess one Learning Aim from the selected unit.

Not all qualifications are able to use the streamlined adaptations, and some qualifications do not have any assessment adaptations in place, due to their smaller size.

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The following principles apply to all learners:

  • All content must be taught
  • Centres should plan to take all assessments planned for 2021/22 academic year.
  • Centres should prioritise mandatory unit assessments, and those that have been identified as important for learner progression (e.g. linked to HEI admissions).
  • Streamlined assessments should only be applied to mandatory units as a last resort.
  • Streamlined assessment cannot be applied to units that are synoptic (this is detailed in the relevant specification).
  • The option to streamline the number of assessments indicated in the guidance, is at the centre’s discretion and on reflection on the continued impact of the disruption caused by the pandemic on the learners.
  • Streamlined assessment is available to create additional time for teaching, learning and access to facilities like workshops, studies and laboratories.
  • Where streamlined assessment is applied, centres must assess at least 1 learning aim, of the centres choice, that covers all available grades for the unit.
  • The Learning Aim must be assessed, a grade awarded and submitted on EOL with the relevant ‘streamlined flag’ (further administration guidance to follow).
  • Centres should continue to ‘bank’ units through the year using the ‘interim’ claims function in EOL.
  • Centres will need to declare which units have been subject to streamlined assessment (further administration guidance to follow)/
  • Centres can choose to assess all units, and not use the streamlined internal assessment option if they are able to assess all content.

Adaptations for 2021/22

Please note the following requirements:

  • All content must be taught,
  • Although adaptations are available, centres should consider whether they are required to give time back to teaching and learning. Adaptations can be applied at a centres discretion where the pandemic continues to impact learners.
  • Adaptations are only available in this academic year, for assessment due to take place between 1 September 2021- 31 August 2022.

Types of adaptations:
There are two types of adaptations for internal assessment that are available with the purpose of giving time back to teaching and learning:
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There are currently no plans to have these adaptations extend to learners who take assessments in 2022/23, regardless of when they are due to certificate. Adaptations are only available in this academic year, for assessment due to take place between 1 September 2021- 31 August 2022.

Streamlined unit assessment
In-unit adaptation
  • a reduction in the number of internally assessed units that need to be fully assessed
  • mandatory or optional units but not synoptic units
  • a reduction in the amount of assessment evidence needed
  • BTEC Nationals (QCF and RQF)
  • BTEC Firsts
  • BTEC Tech Awards
  • BTEC Level 2 Technicals

2022 arrangements for 2020-2021 mid-flight learners

Arrangements for learners who were classified as ‘mid-flight’ in 2020/21, and therefore were not eligible for a Qualification-level TAGs.

Now that we understand more form the Ofqual and DfE consultation, and that Qualification-level TAGs will not be permitted in 2021/22, we will need to ensure that all eligible learners ‘bank’ unit-level results in order for their qualification level results to be aggregated in the ‘normal’ way via our systems in 2021/22.  

This process will include external assessment that was due to be completed (and where an entry has been made) but the assessment was marked as absent.

We will provide guidance to support you to make unit-level TAG judgements for these learners. This will reflect the guidance that we issued for Q-TAG, but where you will look to available evidence across the content delivered in 2020/21 to make judgements at unit-level. You will have already utilised the ‘Z flag’ to indicate all missed assessment that was due to take place between the eligible period for TAGs judgement; 1 August 2020 – 31 August 2021, we will now ask you to add a unitised grade to this flag. You will also have made external assessment entries in line with our guidance indicating if the learner was due to be assessed during this time, we will ask you to provide a unitised grade for this missed assessment, and we will apply a mid-way point score to enable aggregation.

Our guidance did indicate that Z flags should be submitted by 31 August, however, you have been in touch with us to tell us that as you focused on your certificating learners and the Q-TAG process, you need more time to complete the submission of Z flags for units that were due to be assessed. In light of this, and to enable unit-level Z flags to be made for learners that will Top up in September, this deadline will be extended. It is essential that you maintain your assessment records to be able to evidence via the QA process this year, those units that were due to be assessed but couldn’t be from 1 August 2020 – 31 August 2021, and therefore will be permitted to have a unit-level TAG submitted onto the system with a ‘Z Flag’ that indicates this is a Teacher Assessed Grade. If assessment was completed normally, the unit grade achieved should be input into the system in the usual way.

Appeals

Where BTEC results for summer 2021 have been issued using Qualification level Teacher Assessed Grades, the grounds for appeal outlined in the JCQ document - A guide to appeals Processes Summer 2021 series - will apply.

To supplement the JCQ Guide, our BTEC Appeals Summer 2021 guidance (please see below) provides a summary of the appeals process for summer 2021, along with information about where the BTEC appeals process will differ from the arrangements detailed in the JCQ document.

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You can find more information in the Appeals process section of our dedicated Awarding Results in 2021 webpage (including our comprehensive BTEC Appeals overview), and in our Appeals Portal User Guide summer 2021 Knowledge Base article.

Support for BTEC qualifications

Our VQ Bulletin is a consolidated briefing from Pearson, which contains all the key updates you need about our vocational qualifications.

To view all past issues, please see our VQ Bulletin Blog, and if you would like to sign up please visit the sign up link.

Your Centre's Lead Internal Verifiers registration expired on 31 July 2021.  Registration for Lead Internal Verifiers for academic year 2021/22 is now open through the OSCA platform on Edexcel Online. Please ensure you register a LIV by 30 September 2021.

The process for the registration and standardisation of LIVs remains the same as in previous years.

Watch a short video explaining how to register as a LIV.

Standardisation Materials

Standardisation materials are available to allow centres to complete standardisation activity. The deadline for completion of the standardisation activity is 30 September 2021. Materials will be available through the OSCA platform on Edexcel Online as in previous years. You must have a registered LIV in order to access materials.

This briefing session is aimed at UK Centres who are currently delivering either a BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award, First or Technical and/or Level 3 National qualification(s) in Business and Enterprise. This session will be for centres who would like to ask questions and discuss our approved alternative arrangements of streamlined assessment guidance for all learners this year (2021/2022).

Live networking sessions provide you with an opportunity to:

  • understand what the adaptation of ‘streamlined assessment’ means for these qualifications
  • learn what actions you will need to take to implement ‘streamlined assessment’ for these qualifications
  • Interact with the presenter(s)
  • Discuss your current concerns and your thoughts
  • Exchange best practice with the sector team facilitating the session.

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.

Event Fee (GBP) - FREE

Pearson Event Codes:

  • 15 September 4.30-5.30 - 21UKVBUSENTBRIEF-02

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 23 September 3.30pm - 4.30pm, 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.

Updated every year the BTEC Centre Guides provide details of the procedures you need to follow with regards to assessment and internal verification.

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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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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

Future of Qualifications and Assessment Research

At Pearson we are carrying out research for the second phase of our Future of Qualifications and Assessment project and would like to hear from teachers and lecturers to help us shape our vision. We are looking for professionals teaching in any type of educational institution, working mostly with learners aged 14 or older in any subject or discipline, to participate in a 90-minute online workshop. For those that take part, we'll give you a £20 Amazon voucher to say thanks! The sessions will take place from 4 to 5.30pm on various dates in September. To sign up, please complete the short survey below and we'll get back you soon with more information.

BTEC Awards

On Wednesday 7 July 2021, we hosted the 11th annual BTEC Awards online.

We celebrated the vocational excellence of learners, teachers, tutors and providers from over 30 countries and included our own Thank You to all teachers for everything you’ve done to support learners’ learning over the last 16 months.

If you missed the ceremony, or just want to re-watch our celebratory afternoon, you can view the full event on the Awards website or visit our YouTube channel for the individual stories of all our winners.

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

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All adaptations have been carried over from the 2020/21 to the 2021/22 academic year for the Tech Awards.

Approved adaptations for the Level 1/2 Tech Awards can be found in the document below.

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The Component 3 exam is on 7 February pm, 2022.

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.

15th September 3.45PM - 5PM - Register here

22nd September 3.45PM - 5PM - Register here

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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.

 

 

 

The draft specification and sample assessment materials are available below:

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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:

  • 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.
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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

Streamlined assessment

Streamlined assessment is where you will only be required to assess one Learning Aim from the selected unit.

Streamlined unit assessment means that the number of internally assessed units that need to be assessed in full is reduced, these could be mandatory or optional, but cannot be units that are synoptic.

So, for the First Award, Unit 3 would not be eligible.

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Guidance for 2021-2022

The document below is intended to provide you with guidance for how you might adapt delivery for the BTEC Firsts in Business in the academic year of 2021-2022.

The guidance for the BTEC First Award (2018) can be found on pages 31-34.

The guidance for the BTEC First Certificate, Extended certificate and Diploma units can be found on pages 34-46.

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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.


Guidance for 2021-2022

The document below is intended to provide you with guidance for how you might adapt delivery for the Level 2 BTEC Technical Certificate in Business Enterprise in the academic year of 2021-2022.

The guidance can be found on pages 10-12.

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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.

Go to the qualification page

Guidance for 2021-2022

The document below is intended to provide you with guidance for how you might adapt delivery for the Level 2 BTEC Technical Certificate in Business Administration in the academic year of 2021-2022.

The guidance and the adaptations to the assessment criteria can be found on pages 47-49.

Adaptations are only available in this academic year, for assessment due to take place between 1 September 2021- 31 August 2022.  There are currently no plans to have these adaptations extend to learners who take assessments in 2022/23, regardless of when they are due to certificate.

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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.

Guidance for 2021-2022

The document below is intended to provide you with guidance for how you might adapt delivery for the Level 2 BTEC Technical Certificate in Marketing Enterprise in the academic year of 2021-2022.

The guidance and the adaptations to the assessment criteria can be found on pages 50-52.

Adaptations are only available in this academic year, for assessment due to take place between 1 September 2021- 31 August 2022. There are currently no plans to have these adaptations extend to learners who take assessments in 2022/23, regardless of when they are due to certificate.

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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.

Part A (Low control) will now be sat in the afternoon before Part B, which will be sat the following morning (these dates will be specified by Pearson)

Learners will be able to annotate their Part A Research Pack and prepare up to two sides of notes to take in to Part B (Medium control).

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

The changes and will be supported by new Sample Assessment Materials as well as three events in October:

FAQs

What has changed for the Part A of the assessment?

The change to the condition of the assessment is that the pre-release period has been shortened and learners will be provided with a Pearson-set research pack, instead of having to carry out their own research.

We have worked with our subject and assessment experts in designing the Research Pack (Part A) to ensure that it will stimulate and engage the learners to respond with a sound level of understanding.  As such, we expect the introduction of the Research Pack (Part A) to provide accessible and meaningful information to enable all learners to grasp the context and engage with the assessment. 

We believe that the provision of research of the same quality to all  learners will support learners who  may have been disadvantaged by not being able to access good quality research.   

What has changed for the Part B of the assessment?

Nothing has changed in Part B of the assessment, either in format or style. The change that has been made is in the mark scheme, where the focus is now on the need to ‘use market research’ rather that ‘obtain market research’.  

Why has Pearson made these changes? 

There are two fundamental reasons for the change:

  • increasing levels of evidence that different learners and different centres are having variable experiences in their interaction with the assessment and;  
  • the outcomes of the assessment over recent series have seen significantly increasing levels of homogenous  learner response which makes it increasingly difficult to differentiate outcomes within the awarding process for the unit.

Have you made changes to the timetable to reflect the Unit 2 changes?

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

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 is low control 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.

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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.

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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Streamlined assessment

Streamlined assessment is where you will only be required to assess one Learning Aim from the selected unit.

Streamlined unit assessment means that the number of internally assessed units that need to be assessed in full is reduced, these could be mandatory or optional, but cannot be units that are synoptic.

So, for the BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Business, Unit 4 would not be eligible.

For the BTEC National Diploma in Business, Units 1, 4 and 5 would not be eligible.
 

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Guidance for 2021- 2022

The document below is intended to provide you with guidance for how you might adapt delivery for the BTEC Nationals in Business (RQF) in the academic year of 2021-2022.

The guidance can be found on pages 7-17.

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January 2022

The 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

Standardisation Marking

This event is for all teachers who assess learner work for internally assessed units on the qualification. During this event you will learn how to accurately assess a ‘Pass’ criteria and also a ‘Distinction’ criteria. During the session you will have the opportunity to assess samples of learner’s work in order to gain a better understanding of how the evidence submitted by the learner meets the requirements for a ‘Pass’ grade or a ‘Distinction grade. In addition, you will also learn the differences and what constitutes a merit or a distinction. You will be given some useful guidance to refer back to in your assessment of Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria.

Learning Aims:

  • To learn how to mark and assess pass criteria
  • To learn how to mark and assess distinction criteria
  • To investigate what makes a distinction piece of work different from a merit piece of work.

Once you have understood how to apply the standard in this session, you can then apply this principal across the unit(s) that you teach. This event and the qualification covered, is for UK centres only. This event counts as 2 hours CPD.

Event Fee (GBP) - £66.00 (incl. VAT)

Pearson Event Code - 21UKVNBUSSM-01

Registration links:

22 September 4-6pm

17 November 4-6pm

24 November 4-6pm

Enhancing delivery

This session is for teachers, assessors and lecturers currently delivering the qualification but would like ideas on how to improve your delivery for better outcomes for your learners. This event focuses on teaching, learning and assessment, therefore if you would like a refresher on the processes for delivery of a BTEC qualification please view our Welcome to BTEC recording.

Learning aims:

  • Tips for planning, delivery and supporting documents
  • Internal assessment - teaching and learning ideas and how to mark holistically
  • External Assessment - top tips for delivery, teaching and learning ideas and how to mark mock assessments
  • Tips on how to deliver the qualification with a blended learning solution

This event and the qualification covered, is for UK centres only. This event counts as 2 hours CPD.

Event Fee (GBP) - £54.00 (incl. VAT)

Pearson Event Code - 21UKVNBUSED-01

Registration links:

4 October 4-6pm

11 November 4-6pm

16 November 4-6pm

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 of Insurance)
  • CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing)
  • CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development)
  • CMI (Chartered Management Institute)
 
 
 
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Streamlined assessment

Streamlined assessment is where you will only be required to assess one Learning Aim from the selected unit.

Streamlined unit assessment means that the number of internally assessed units that need to be assessed in full is reduced, these could be mandatory or optional, but cannot be units that are synoptic.

So, for the BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship, Unit 4 would not be eligible.

For the BTEC National Diploma in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship, Unit 1 would not be eligible.

For the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship, Unit 13 would not be eligible.

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Guidance for 2021- 2022

The document below is intended to provide you with guidance for how you might adapt delivery for the BTEC Nationals in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (RQF) in the academic year of 2021-2022.

The guidance can be found on pages 7-9.

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January 2022

The timetable for January 2022 is:

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Recorded training

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

Watch the recording

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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

Streamlined assessment

Streamlined assessment is where you will only be required to assess one Learning Aim from the selected unit.

Streamlined unit assessment means that the number of internally assessed units that need to be assessed in full is reduced, these could be mandatory or optional, but cannot be units that are synoptic.

So, for the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Marketing, Unit 3 would not be eligible.

For the BTEC National Diploma in Marketing, Unit 4 would not be eligible.

For the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Marketing, Unit 7 would not be eligible.

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Guidance for 2021- 2022

The document below is intended to provide you with guidance for how you might adapt delivery for the BTEC Nationals in Marketing (RQF) in the academic year of 2021-2022.
 

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January 2022

The 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.

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Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)

We have professional partnership agreement with CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing)

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The main proposal is to introduce a binary system of T levels and A levels at Level 3, where most young people pursue one of these qualifications at the age of 16.

Consultation outcome

The Review of post-16 qualifications at level 3: second stage concluded in July 2021.

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Timelines

Qualifications which overlap with T Levels

No changes are being made to technical qualifications until the 2023/24 academic year at the earliest.  In 2022, we hope to hear which qualifications will and will not be funded for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Qualifications which overlap with A Levels

No changes are being made to academic qualifications, including Applied General qualifications, until the 2024/25 academic year at the earliest.  In 2022, we hope to learn about the criteria qualifications will need to satisfy in order to qualify for funding from 2024.

BTEC qualifications can continue to be available where there is a clear need for skills and knowledge that T Levels and A levels alone cannot provide. For example:

  • Alternatives to T Levels
  • Small specialist qualifications to sit alongside T Levels
  • Alternatives to A levels
  • Small qualifications taken alongside A levels (one A level size or smaller)

The Protect Student Choice campaign

The #ProtectStudentChoice campaign, focuses on the Department for Education’s current review of post-16 qualifications. The Six Form Colleges Association (SFCA) has launched a petition urging the government to reconsider restricting students' choice of qualifications at the age of 16.

 

 

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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.

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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.

Following the recent Ofqual consultation, awarding bodies have received confirmation that Ofqual will withdraw designation of Category B as of 1 September 2021. This means that for the 2021–2022 academic year teacher-assessed grades will not be available.

In the academic year 2020–21, BTEC Higher Nationals were in Category B, allowing centres to use unit-level teacher-assessed grades (U-TAGs), where assessments could not take place. The U-TAG process is only applicable to assessments that were due to take place between 1 August 2020 – 31 August 2021, and we’d like to remind you to claim these via Edexcel Online by 30 September 2021.

Ofqual’s announcement means that in the upcoming academic year, all results should be awarded based on summative assessment in the usual way.  

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.

11 October 2021 at 08:00 - 14:00 GMT:  Grading Standardisation Workshop for BTEC Higher National Business(RQF)

Description
Want to get a better understanding of grading student work? Aimed at both UK and International centres, this Interactive online workshop is for all those involved in the following aspects of Higher Nationals in Business delivery: Internal verification (assignment brief), marking and grading of student work, and internal verification (assessment decisions).

Being delivered by one of our experienced trainers, during this highly interactive workshop delegates in small groups will:

  • Examine the effectiveness of a historic assignment brief,
  • Practically engage with the internal verification (assignment brief) process and the evidence of internal verification
  • Review the accuracy of the marking and grading for two student assignments from a pre-selected unit disclosed in point 1
  • Discuss the assessor feedback for the two pieces of student work
  • Evaluate the internal verification (assessment decisions) process for student work.
  • Conclude with a general Q&A based on any other questions that delegates may have regarding HN RQFs.

It is highly recommended that participants have previously attended the training session “Generic Internal Verification and preparing for EE RQF BTEC Higher Nationals” to have a sound understanding on the process and requirements.

Due to the length of this session, there will be breaks integrated into this training.

This session counts towards 5 hours of Continual Professional Development (CPD).

Event Fee (GBP)
£75

Pearson Event Code
21IOBHNB6/01

12 October 2021 at 08:00 - 10:30 GMT Get Ready To Teach Business RQF 2021 Higher Nationals

Description
This free online training is suitable for Program Managers, Internal Verifiers, Assessors, Tutors, Heads of Department, Quality Nominees, Centre Managers, new and existing BTEC subject practitioners.

This online training will provide you with support and guidance in planning, implementing and assessing the new RQF HNs in Business.

The online training will cover:

  • The rationale and the purpose of the NEW Higher Nationals in Business
  • Introduce the new features of the RQF Higher Nationals in Business
  • Delegates will be introduced to changes in the use of Authorised Assignment Briefs, centre support and, receive preparation materials and information to support the teaching and delivery of the new qualification

This event can count as 2.5 hours of CPD

Event Fee (GBP)
Free

Pearson Event Code
21IOBHNB7/01

20 October 2021 at 09:00 - 11:30 GMT  Blended Learning for Higher Nationals in Business

Description
It is increasingly the case that centres are considering a delivery strategy that combines distance learning with face to face learning - blended learning. To ensure your blended learning strategy is effective you need to consider a range of different factors; ranging from the nature of the subject, tools and pedagogies.

During this session we will discuss:

  • Defining blended learning
  • Pedagogies of blended learning
  • Balancing synchronous and asynchronous learning
  • Pre-, In- and Post-session activities
  • Promoting and supporting engagement in online learning
  • Tools to support blended learning
  • Examples of effective online learning

This will be an Interactive discussion, using a Unit from an HN qualification, to develop a blended strategy for delivery.

This session counts as 2.5 hours continual professional development.

Event Fee (GBP)
FREE

Pearson Event Code
21OBHNB3/02

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.  

Authorised Assignment Briefs have been developed to support centres with their assessment strategy for the delivery of core units, and a sample of selected specialist/optional units. These AABs replace the existing Example Assessment Briefs (EABs).

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.

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.  You will find the new AAB booklet in the HN Global delivery materials for Business.

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 link below.

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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