November 2023 Construction update

Tue Oct 10 12:12:00 UTC 2023

Welcome to your November update for Construction, keeping you up-to-date with the latest.

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BTEC Tech Award in Construction and the Built Environment (2022) updates

Tech Award (2022) new ESMs for Components 2 and 3:

There are new Exemplar Standardisation Materials (ESMs) available for Component 2 and Component 3 internally assessed components.

These includes examples of high, medium and low responses to the Pearson Set Assignments. 


Key dates in 2024

15 December Deadline for mark submission and upload of learner work for sampled learners for Tech Award internally assessed components

BTEC Tech Award Construction and the Built Environment
Live and past PSAs, and examiner reports

Access the past PSAs and examiner reports in the links below for Components 2 and 3. 


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BTEC Nationals Update

Level 3 Reforms - BTEC Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment

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BTEC Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment suite of qualifications (except Foundation Diploma (540 GLH)) will not be funded in England from summer 2024. From 1 September 2024, only the Foundation Diploma size will be available for new registrations for one more year. 

Students who are currently registered on the programme will be funded to complete their studies. Apprentices studying this qualification as part of their apprenticeship programme are not affected from this reform. 

Level 3 Reforms


Centre Standardisation Materials for BTEC Nationals

CSMs for BTEC Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment, Unit 4, are available online. You can access these from the qualification page. Link below. 


Past external assessment and exam papers from summer 2023 series


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AI Use in Assessments: Protecting the Integrity of Qualifications

On 28 March, JCQ released a document which provides teachers and assessors with the information they need to manage use of AI in assessments. This guidance applies to all our qualifications including vocational qualifications.

Important points to note:

  • centres should explain the importance of students submitting their own independent work
  • centres should ensure that teachers and assessors are familiar with AI tools and their risks
  • centres should consider communications with parents/carers to make them aware of AI
  • students must acknowledge use of AI when used
  • misuse of AI tools is malpractice.

Within the document, there is a list of potential indicators of AI use that may help identify work where students have misused AI.

Read the JCQ AI guidance


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