September 2021 Construction update | Pearson qualifications

September 2021 Construction update

8 September 2021

Welcome to the 2021-2022 academic year. Here is your September 2021 update, including the most up-to-date information in the Construction sector. In this, you will find information on adaptations in 2021-2022, redeveloped Tech Award for first teaching 2022, BTEC customer briefing events and more. 

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BTEC Assessment adaptations in 2021-2022

Adaptations in 2021-2022 for BTEC Tech Awards, First and Nationals have now been confirmed.

You will find a summary in the tab below of the adaptations available in 2021/22 in the Construction sector. Please note the following requirements:

  • All content must be taught.
  • Although adaptations for internal assessments are available, centres should consider whether they are required to give time back to teaching and learning. Adaptations can be applied at a centre's discretion where the pandemic continues to impact learners.
  • Adaptations are only available in this academic year, which is assessment due to take place between 1 September 2021 - 31 August 2022.
  • Work Experience and Employer Engagement: Please continue to use the support guide and adaptations put in place for 2020/21. Further guidance to follow on childcare licence to practice qualifications.
  • There are no adaptations to external assessments beyond timetabling windows for tasks being extended in some cases, to accommodate additional time that might be needed to facilitate assessments across larger cohorts.
Level Qualification/Suite Adaptations from September 2021 - August 2022 Further information
Level 1/2 BTEC Firsts NEW - Streamlined assessment *Streamlined assessment replaces previous guidance on 'reduced assessment'
Level 3 BTEC QCF Nationals 2010 NEW - Streamlined assessment *Streamlined assessment replaces previous guidance on 'reduced assessment'
Level 3 BTEC RQF Nationals (2016 - 2020)* NEW - Streamlined assessment *Streamlined assessment replaces previous guidance on 'reduced assessment'

What is *streamlined assessment?

You will only be required to assess one Learning Aim from the selected unit. The unit(s) must not be synoptic. You can only streamline the number of units stated for that qualification, within the guide below.

BTEC Tech Award adaptations are the same as last year. See guidance below.

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Level Qualification/Suite Adaptations from September 2021 - August 2022 Further Information
Entry Level and Level 1 BTEC QCF Entry Level and Level 1 None - Teaching, Learning and assessment should take place as normal None
Level 4-5 BTEC Higher Nationals None - Teaching, Learning and assessment should take place as normal Guidance to teaching and learning for HNs can be found on our website
All other qualifications: No adaptations are available and courses should be taught and assessed in full in 2021/22

Teaching, learning and assessment in 2021-2022 page will be kept up-to-date with any further updates on the adaptations and arrangements in 2021-2022. 

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BTEC Customer Briefing Event

Pearson will be running sector-specific briefing events for BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award, First or Technical and/or Level 3 National qualifications. You will have the opportunity to discuss our approved alternative arrangements of ‘streamlined assessment’ and the relevant guidance for all learners this year (2021/22).

The sessions are delivered by BTEC sector specialists, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and share best practice with your fellow BTEC colleagues. You can find more details on our Training from Pearson webpage (use the filter option to find your sector/s).

BTEC Customer briefing event for Construction is on 14 September 2021 at 15:30 - 16:30 GMT

Access the training page and register here

Redeveloped BTEC Tech Award in Construction, first teach September 2022

BTEC Tech Awards are being redeveloped for first teach September 2022, for the 2024 performance tables. Explore the changes, view the draft specifications and book your place to an event from the link below.

Redeveloped BTEC Tech Awards

There are customer briefing events taking place to inform you about the redeveloped BTEC Tech Awards. See the tab below for dates and to register. 

Event Date
Event 1 27 September 2021 at 15:30 - 16:30 GMT
Event 2 06 October 2021 at 15:30 - 16:30 GMT

These events will provide you with information on the revised BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Awards for First Teach in 2022, the sessions will be managed by the sector team to support you with the launch of the revised BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Construction and the Built Environment and will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions, and share best practice. These events and the qualifications covered are for UK centres only.

Both events are the same, so registering only to one will be sufficent. 

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VQ bulletins

VQ bulletins are sent regularly to keep you up-to-date with news from the vocational sector. In these bulletins, you will be able to access updates on arrangements and adaptations in 2021-2022 academic year. You can view the VQ bulletin blog and sign up to receive them from the link below. 

VQ bulletins

Keep in touch

We are here to help and support, so please feel free to get in touch with us for questions or queries you may have around the Construction qualifications. 

From the below contact card, you can access various ways in getting in touch with us. 


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