BTEC Nationals Children's Play, Learning and Development - Unit 4 FAQs

20 December 2018

Frequently Asked Questions about Unit 4 (External) Enquiries into Current Research

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1. Do sources need to be Harvard referenced?

No, there is no requirement for Harvard referencing.

2. Do sources need to be re-written in the Part B booklet?

No, the reference list needs to be retained by centres within the four sides of A4 notes.

3. How long do learners have to prepare for the Part B exam?

Learners have eight to ten hours of independent preparation time. They then have six hours of supervised preparation for the exam.

4. What do learners prepare in the eight to ten hours?

During the independent preparation time learners need to research secondary articles that relate to the article in the Part A booklet.

5. How many sides of notes can the learners produce in the six hours supervised session?

The learners can only produce four A4 sides of notes. These can be handwritten or typed in size 12 font.

6. What can learners notes contain?

The notes can contain:

  • Facts, figures and data relating to secondary sources covering the articles area of research.
  • The research methods used in the learner’s secondary research.

7.  Where can I find more information?

There is more information in the Sample Assessment Material and Administrative Support Guide.

8. Does the six hours need to be completed in one sitting?

It can be completed in more than one sitting. Notes must be kept securely and the learners must not remove any materials between the sittings.

9.  Can learners colour code their notes?

Yes, they can produce their notes however will help them the most.

10.  Will there be a copy of the article in the Part B booklet?

No, Learners should be given a clean copy of Part A to refer to in the supervised assessment this should be printed by the centre but not submitted with the Part B task.

11.   How many secondary sources do learners need to use?

For CPLD You must use at least three secondary sources in your research.

12.   How do learners reference in their work?

Learners will need to use in-text referencing. See the Sample Marked Work for examples.

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