December 2021 Construction update | Pearson qualifications

December 2021 Construction update

10 December 2021

In this last update of 2021 for Construction, you can access information and reminders on the following topics. 

  • January external assessment series.
  • BTEC Tech Award in Construction (2022) January moderation window.
  • BTEC Tech Award in Construction (2022) getting started events.
  • Streamlined assessment reporting.
  • BTEC Contingency planning.
  • Design future London
  • Protect student choice.
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January and February 2022 external assessment series

Qualification Title Code Unit Date AM/PM Duration



BTEC First





Construction and the Built Environment



21492E Unit 1: Construction Technology 13/01/2022 AM 1h 15m
21635E Unit 11: Sustainability in Construction 18/01/2022 AM 1h 15m
21935G Unit 1: Construction Technology (Welsh) 13/01/2022 AM 1h 15m
21941G Unit 11: Sustainability in Construction (Welsh) 18/01/2022 AM 1h 15m
Title Code Unit Date AM/PM Duration
BTEC National Construction and the Built Environment 20075K Unit 1: Construction Principles 18/01/2022 AM 1h 30m

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BTEC Tech Award in Construction (First teach September 2022) updates

January moderation window

We expect to hear from the Department for Education (DfE) in December about the inclusion of the BTEC Tech Awards in the 2024 Performance Tables.

In the meantime, following your feedback, we will be including a January moderation window for our internally assessed components (with the exception of Art and Design). This means you will have two assessment opportunities each year.

We are currently in the process of updating our specifications and support materials. These changes will be reflected in the final published versions once they are approved by DfE for performance tables.

Getting started events

In the new year we’re running a series of free training events to give you an overview of the revised BTEC Tech Awards specifications for first teach September 2022. The sessions will count as 2 hours of CPD.

These events will give you an overview of the course as a whole, alongside assessment and grading. You’ll also have an opportunity to interact with the presenter and ask questions.

Here are the dates and links to book on this event:

19 January 2022 16:00-18:00

16 March 2022 16:00-18:00

6 June 2022 16:00-18:00

Streamlined assessment reporting (BTEC First and Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment)

You are now able to report ‘Streamlined’ Assessments on Edexcel Online and we’ve updated our guidance (PDF) to confirm how to do this. This relates to qualifications where one learning aim is permitted to be assessed for one or two internally assessed unit(s). Full teaching and learning must take place. Please ensure you follow the guidance.

Read the guidance document here (PDF | 593 KB)

BTEC Contingency planning

Managing absences in January, February and March 2022 Series

We have created an infographic to guide you in managing absences, in relation to learners taking external assessments.

See the infographic here

Further information on this can be accessed from the VQ bulletin 32 and 34. See link below. 

VQ bulletin blog

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Design Future London Challenge

Design challenge to inspire young Londoners

The Mayor of London and our partner, MOBIE, have launched a challenge for young Londoners to design a new village in the Royal Docks, East London.

MOBIE's latest venture comes after the success of the Home of 2030 design challenge, which learners were able to participate in as part of their BTEC course.

The free to enter challenge will bring learning in subjects like geography, history, maths and design and technology to life. The challenge is open to 11-19 year olds and ends May 2022.

Watch: Mayor of London and George Clarke launch the challenge

protect student choice

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