September 2022 BTEC Business update

7 September 2022

Welcome to the new term and to the September update! I do hope that you had a restful break.

This September sees the launch of the new Tech Award in Enterprise and there is a new issue of the BTEC National specifications.

The update also includes new Be In Business resources which have been mapped to the Tech Award.

I hope that the start of term goes well.

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Key dates

3 October 2022 release of Pearson-Set Assignments for Tech Award Components 1 and 2
18 October 2022 entry deadline for Tech Award internally assessed components for the autumn series.
1 November 2022 deadline for BTEC registrations
15 December deadline for mark submission and upload of learner work for sampled learners (Tech Award)

BTEC National specifications updated

As part of our annual qualification review process, we have made the following amendments to our suite of BTEC Nationals in Business to be implemented from September 2022.

We have made a number of general amendments to the specification to improve the clarity of information provided, which can be found listed in the below:

Unit   Summary of changes made between the previous issue and this current issue
Unit 5: International Business Change made to Essential information for assessment decisions under Learning aims C and D Merit standard to remove ‘learners’ before ‘analysis’.
Unit 14: Investigating Customer Service

Changes made for clarity to wording in

  • Summary of unit
  • Recommended assessment approach for Learning aim C,
  • Content under A2, Assessment criteria A.P1, C.M3, C.D3, Essential information for assessment decisions under Learning aim C.
Unit 15: Investigating Retail Business

Changes made for clarity to wording in  

  • Essential information for assessment decisions under Learning aims A and B and Learning aim C.
Unit 16: Visual Merchandising

Changes made for clarity to wording in

  • Essential information for assessment decisions under Learning aims A and B and Learning aim C.
Unit 17: Digital Marketing

Changes made for clarity to wording in

  • Summary of unit
  • Recommended assessment approach for Learning aims A and B,
  • Essential information for assessment decisions under Learning aims A and B and Learning
    aim C.
Unit 18: Creative Promotion

Change made for clarity to wording in

  • Essential information for assessment decisions under Learning aim A.
Unit 22: Market Research

Changes made for clarity to wording in

  • Content adding a statement rider under A2,
  • Assessment criteria A.M1, A.D1, B.D2, C.M3,
  • Essential information for assessment decisions under Learning aim A and Learning aim B.
Unit 23: The English Legal System

Changes made for clarity to wording in

  • Essential information for assessment decisions under Learning aim C for Merit and Pass standards.
Unit 24: Employment Law

Changes made for clarity to wording in

  • Summary of unit and
  • Content sections under A1 and A2.
Unit 25: Aspects of Civil Liability Affecting Business

Changes made for clarity to wording in

  • Summary of unit
  • Recommended assessment approach for Learning aims A, B and C
  • Content for A1, A2, B1, B3, C2, and
  • Essential information for assessment decisions under Learning aims A and B Distinction standard.
Unit 26: Aspects of Criminal Law Impacting on Business and Individuals

Changes made for clarity to wording in

  • Summary of unit
  • Key content areas
  • Recommended assessment approach for Learning aims A, B and C,
  • Content under Learning aim A and Learning aim C, and
  • Assessment criteria A.P1, A.P2, A.M2
    and A.D1.
Unit 27: Work Experience in Business

Changes made for clarity to

  • Essential information for assessment decisions section under Learning aims A and B and Learning aim C.
MyBTEC Removal of references to MyBTEC, as that service is retiring.
Command verbs Addition of terms ‘Describe’, ‘Explain’ and ‘Outline’ in Appendix 2 Glossary of terms
used for internally-assessed units.

BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise (2022)

From September 2022:

  • Learners who plan to certificate in summer 2023 can continue to be registered onto the current qualification.
  • Learners who plan to certificate in 2024 onwards will need to be registered on the new 2022 version of the qualification.

Getting Started: Ways to Teach and Assess BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise 2022

This session is aimed at UK based teachers, lecturers or trainers preparing to deliver the revised BTEC Tech Awards in Enterprise from 2022. This live session will provide you with an opportunity to interact with the presenter who will take you through:

- Course at a glance

– an overview of the qualification structure- Assessment

– the types and requirements along with tips for approaching these

- Grading at component and qualification levels

- Planning your programme

- the ongoing support and resources available to you

These events, and the qualifications covered, are suitable for UK Centres ONLY.  Pearson has reviewed the format and content of all its training events to ensure the security of its examinations.

This event can count as 2 Hours of CPD. Please be aware that this event will be recorded and shared publicly.

Event Fee (GBP) FREE

  • 3 October at 16.00-18.00 Pearson Event Code 22UKVGENT-09
  • 5 October at 16.00-18.00 Pearson Event Code 22UKVGENT-10

BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise (2022): Marking and moderation for Internally Assessed Components

During this session, you learn how to apply a 'best fit' approach to marking your learner's work in response to the Pearson Set Assignments for internally assessed components. The marking grids will be applied to standardised examples of learner work to enhance your understanding of how learner evidence meets the criteria. You will get a full overview of the moderation process, including preparation and submission of learner work through Learner Work Transfer (LWT) on Edexcel Online, moderator feedback and amending marks. We will provide delegates with examples of marked learner work in advance of the session alongside a short survey to complete. Delegates should review these materials in advance of the session to best prepare themselves to enter into focused discussions on the assessment of the new Tech Award qualification.

Learning Aims:

- Learn how to apply the new marking grids, record marks and provide learner feedback

- Understand how different characteristics of learner work meet marking criteria at different mark bands

- Gain an overview of the moderation process

- Prepare for submitting marks and samples of learner work for moderation

This event can count as 2 Hours of CPD. Please be aware that this event will be recorded and shared publicly.


Event Fee (GBP) FREE

  • 19 October 2022 at 15:30 - 17:30 Pearson Event Code 22UKVGSENT-06
  • 7 November 2022 at 15:30 - 17:30 Pearson Event Code 22UKVGSENT-07

The Student Book samples give you an overview of the various learning features and will help you when planning. The full contents list, can be used to plan out how learning can be spread over your lessons!

The Pearson Revise BTEC samples give you a feel for how the revision resources can help learners prepare for their external assessments.

Download the samples

Sample Component 3 papers for the new (2022) Tech Award are now available to download.

View the sample

 

We also have a pre-ordering service so that resources can be sent to you as soon as they are published.

See what is available

 

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

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The new Tech Awards (first teach Sept 2022) require a different approach to quality assurance. This includes new moderation processes for internal assessments, and a streamlined approach to BTEC Quality Assurance principles which will greatly reduce administration.

Check out the Quality Assurance quick guide, and our full Centre Guide to Quality Assurance for all the details.

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We also have a range of bitesize videos available in the BTEC Tech Awards 2022 section on our Quality Assurance webpage covering:

  • Introduction to Quality Assurance
  • Completing the Assessment Record
  • Guide to applying Mark Schemes
  • Moderation Process
 

We have also created a new Tech Award Assessment Record template that can be found via our 'BTEC assessment and IV templates' link below.

Go to the BTEC Assessment and IV templates page

UK schools who have offered any Pearson Edexcel GCSEs in the last three academic years will be automatically approved to deliver BTEC Tech Awards 2022 across all subject areas, therefore no further action is required. You will be able to make registrations for any new BTEC Tech Award qualification from 1 September 2022.

UK schools that offer BTEC Tech Awards or BTEC Firsts, but not Pearson Edexcel GCSEs, or offer them alongside GCSEs with another awarding organisation, will need to fill out a fast-track approval form. This will take up to 5 working days to process, dependant on internal checks.  

Other UK providers that wish to offer theses qualifications will need to submit a full application, including a JCQ Centre Approval application if not already JCQ inspected (CCEA Centre Approval in Northern Ireland, WJEC Centre Approval in Wales).  

Registrations for all new BTEC Tech Award qualifications will be available to centres meeting the above approval criteria from 1 September 2022.

We previously sent communications to centres delivering new BTEC Tech Awards to Year 9 learners requesting early registration onto our temporary registration system. This was to avoid accidental registration onto legacy BTEC Tech Awards.

We have now closed this temporary registration system, so if you are currently delivering to Year 9 learners, you can register them from 1 September as they begin Year 10.

The first Pearson-Set Assignments (PSAs) for Components 1 and 2 will be released on 3 October for moderation in December 2022 to January 2023. As the internal assessments are now moderated within the series, entries must be made for learners wishing to sit the assessment in that series (the entry deadline is 18 October).

Please note that the first assessment series is intended to facilitate those learners who have been taught a sufficient portion of the content for the component to contend with the assessment, such as those who have been taught from Year 9. Please consider carefully when deciding whether to enter learners for the initial assessment.

Provided you have made registrations onto the qualification, you will be able to access the PSAs even if your learners are not being entered for the series. So you will have the opportunity to use the first released PSAs as mock assessments to give learners experience and build their confidence before sitting in a later series.

This event introduces the new qualification in detail and discusses all the key information about changes from the current Tech Award.

Videos

The new BTEC Tech Award will be moderated in line with new DFE requirements, and we are currently recruiting moderators.

Working with Pearson as a moderator brings you the added benefit of being standardised directly by the Senior Assessment Team in your subject and seeing the work produced by many other schools throughout the moderation process.

Apply to become a moderator for the 2022 BTEC Tech Awards please.

We are currently producing marked samples of learner work for use as centre and moderator standardisation materials and as part of teacher marking training events. We know that some centres have begun delivering the new BTEC Tech Awards and may have undertaken mock assessments based on the Sample PSAs.

If you have done any mock assessment for internal components, your learner’s work can help us to train teachers and moderators throughout the UK. Please contact Robert.East@Pearson.com for more details. We will be providing £50 Amazon gift vouchers for each piece of learner work used.

The 2022 Tech Awards FAQs page is now live.

Go to the FAQ page.

 

 

BTEC Assessment  

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

Please note:

  • BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Awards (from 2017, last certificate 2023) will still require the registration of an LIV and team standardisation.
  • The new Tech Awards (first teach from Sept 22) will not require LIV registration due to the introduction of Pearson Set Assignments and moderation.

You can find a short video explaining how to register as LIV here.

Videos

Centre Standardisation Materials are now available to allow you to complete standardisation activity by Friday 14 October 2022 or before any formal assessment takes place, whichever is sooner. Additional information can be found in the BTEC Centre Guide to Quality Assurance 2022-2023.

For NQF/ RQF programmes, you should confirm standardisation has taken place by selecting the standardised box within the OSCA registration page by Friday 14 October 2022.

Last month, Ofqual confirmed the subject content and assessment arrangements for qualifications in the following academic year (2022/23).

They confirmed that:

“For other qualifications, including vocational and technical qualifications taught alongside or instead of GCSEs, AS and A levels, a range of adaptations were permitted in academic year 2021 to 2022. […] Given that public health restrictions are no longer in place, these adaptations are no longer necessary for the academic year 2022 to 2023 onwards.”

This means our main adaptation of streamlined assessment will not be available in 2022/23, so you should plan to teach and assess the BTEC qualifications as normal.

Ofqual: Subject content and assessment arrangements 2022 to 2023

BTEC Tech Award Enterprise (legacy spec)

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BTEC Firsts in Business

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BTEC Nationals in Business

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BTEC Nationals in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

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BTEC Nationals in Marketing

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The future of Level 3

The Higher Education Policy Institute (www.hepi.ac.uk) has published a new paper, Holding Talent Back? What is next for the future of Level 3?

11 different authors consider the Westminster Government’s controversial reforms to Level 3 qualifications, including BTECs.

The Government has confirmed that many Applied General qualifications can continue to play a role in the Level 3 landscape, with ‘significantly less than half’ defunded. The Rt Hon. the Lord (David) Willetts suggests in his Foreword that the issue is which qualifications ‘will survive [by the end of all these reforms] and how many students will be able to study them.’

Collectively, the chapters argue that England risks closing off a useful and proven route for students from a wide range of backgrounds, including those hoping to reach higher education.

The authors also argue that the new T Levels, which are designed to sit place alongside A Levels, are welcome but still need to prove themselves. The report argues their success should not rest on shutting off tried-and-tested options that are popular with employers, higher education institutions and students.

In November 2021, the Secretary of State for Education, announced that the original implementation timetable will be set back by one year.

This means that the phased removal of funding for BTECs that overlap with T Levels, and the phased introduction of the new Level 3 ‘Academic’ and ‘Technical’ qualifications will start from 2024/25 rather than 2023/24.

Please be reassured that

  • you can continue to teach your BTECs with confidence in 2022/23 and 2023/24 and only some BTEC qualifications will be affected in 2024/25
  • learners will be funded until completion for any courses they start.

We are working through the implications for each of our BTEC qualifications in all sector suites and we will update all our centres where there are any changes to content, availability, and funding for BTECs.

Business qualifications are in Waves 3 and 4 and will not be affected until 2025/26.

You can find out more in the document below.

 

 

#Be in Business lesson packs

Be In Business 2

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As part of our work to support a greater engagement with the study of Business and Enterprise, we have produced, in partnership with teachers, a bank of optional lessons and resources that we believe will support teachers in introducing a wide range of concepts into their teaching of the subject. This not only includes the challenges experienced by specific groups of people in our society aiming to progress in their careers in business and enterprise, but also around opportunities for students to reflect on their own opportunities within the subject. This includes materials looking at self reflection, finding a Unique Selling Point, creating a side hustle, being an entrepreneur, and how to set up a formal company. Each lesson includes contextual challenges faced by different people, examples of how we can overcome these, and lessons learnt from people successful in the industry. For each topic there is a lesson powerpoint, handout, and videos either embedded into the materials or providing external links. The structure of each lesson, and their support notes should help you as teacher to deliver each lesson, or you are free to edit these to your own use.

This lesson pack provides a framework and toolkit for students to recognise skills they already have in Business and how to identify and develop skills for the future.

Specification link:

  • Tech Award, Component 1 Topic A4.

This lesson pack investigates modern avenues and approaches into business and how entrepreneurs have captured new markers and built dynamic offers from the ground up.

Specification links:

  • Tech Award, Component 1 Topic A1.
  • Tech Award, Component 2 Topic A1

This lesson pack explores the stages of setting up a business including key elements such as licensing and costs. It also explores some of the challenges faced by people in business from different backgrounds and case studies of how those challenges were overcome.

Specification links:

  • Tech Award, Component 1 Topic A3
  • Tech Award, Component 1 Topic C2
  • Tech Award, Component 2 Topic A2
  • Tech Award, Component 3 Topic A4
  • Tech Award, Component 3 Topic B3
  • Tech Award, Component 3 Topic C5

This lesson pack invites students to look at how an individual’s experiences and background can form the basis of unique and innovative businesses.

Specification links:

  • Tech Award, Component 2 Topic A1

This lesson pack introduces students to recruitment and current best practice on inclusive and representative HR approaches for hiring.

Specification link:

  • BTEC National, Unit 8

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2022 Enterprise spec

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BTEC

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Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Buisness

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BTEC

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