October 2021 Construction update | Pearson qualifications

October 2021 Construction update

15 October 2021

Here is your October 2021 update, linking you with the latest updates for Construction qualifications. 

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  • Arrangements in the Construction sector for 2021/2022
  • External assessment series 2022
  • BTEC International Level 2 in Construction first teaching September 2022
  • Training and events
  • Schools survey on a new KS4 BTEC in Maritime Studies qualification from Pearson
  • #Protectstudentchoice

Arrangements in the Construction sector for 2021/2022

The following presentation brings together the current arrangements in the Construction sector for the 2021/2022 academic year. The document includes adaptations agreed for different qualifications in 2021/2022 and information on the U-TAG process.

*centres should plan and schedule all teaching, learning and assessment and only make use of assessment adaptations where it is necessary to mitigate for disruptions to teaching and learning this academic year (2021-2022) due to the pandemic.

Adaptations in the Construction sector – 2021/2022

If you have not yet, please do sign up to receive the VQ bulletins. These are useful and includes the latest information on any arrangements/mitigations, as well bring you the latest in the vocational sector.

The latest VQ bulletin includes information on External assessment U-TAG submissions and much more.

Read the latest VQ bulletin here issue 28

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We’ve created a new page so we can keep you up-to-date with the latest news and information and support you as you deliver BTEC qualifications.  This page will be kept updated for academic year 2021/22, so please bookmark this page for the latest information.

Access the teaching, learning and assessment in 2021/2022

External assessment series 2022

As you are aware, exams and external assessment are planned to go ahead in 2022. BTEC Firsts and Nationals have external assessment scheduled in January series. You can access the dates from the BTEC external assessment overview document below:

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Summer 2022 provisional timetables are also ready to view. Any feedback on these provisional timetables should be sent to timetables@pearson.com

Access provisional timetables here

Entry deadlines:

Exam series Entry deadline Late fees charged from High late fees charged from
Jan - 22 18/10/2021 19/10/2020 19/11/2021
Feb- 22 18/10/2021 19/10/2021 19/11/2021
Jun - 22 24/03/2022 25/03/2022 24/04/2022

BTEC International Level 2 in Construction first teaching September 2022

The Pearson BTEC International Level 2 qualifications in Construction covers a variety of areas including;

  • building services,
  • civil engineering and
  • construction and the built environment.

Units are also available to cover;

  • carpentry and joinery,
  • faciliuties management,
  • plumbing 
  • electrical operations.

In addition to the sector-specific content available in these qualifications, the requirements mean that learners develop the transferable skills needed to progress to further education or employment.

Schools survey on a new KS4 BTEC in Maritime Studies qualification from Pearson

We are hoping to introduce a BTEC qualification in Maritime Studies for KS4 learners, as we believe that such a qualification would be relevant to present interests, encourage key skills in students such as problem solving and innovative thinking, and be a highly relevant topic that relates to their local economy and possibly future careers. This survey is designed to gauge the interest in this qualification and understand if this would fit well within your curriculum, and to identify any areas where Pearson can help to ensure the best classroom experience.

Respond to the survey here


Sign the petition urging the government to reconsider restricting students' choice of Level 3 qualifications in England, at the age of 16.

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