Top questions and answers for BTECs in Construction

Thu Sep 12 20:50:00 UTC 2013

Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about our BTEC construction qualifications.

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Is there someone I can speak to about delivery and quality assurance?

Feel free to contact us if you have any queries that require expert assistance. Email teachingconstruction@pearson.com.

Can I still use the BTEC First from 2010?

Yes, the BTEC First from 2010 in Construction is in operation until June 2016. The last date for registrations on this course is 31 December 2014. Headline measures and performance points accreditation from this qualification will be awarded for the Extended Certificate and Diploma only and this ends in June 2014.

Does the new next generation BTEC First have an exam, and which units are mandatory?

Yes, the new BTEC First from 2012/2013 does have a paper-based exam and the core and mandatory units are all mandatory. Please note that the number of core and mandatory units will increase according to the size of the qualification.

Will NVQs and specialist qualifications count towards headline measures and performance tables?

The only qualifications that will count in the headline measures and performance tables will be the BTEC First from 2010 (until June 2014) and then the BTEC First from 2012/13 from 2015. Please note that the BTEC First from 2012/13 qualifications will be staggered and headline measures for some qualifications will not be listed until 2016.

Are there any resources for the BTEC Construction courses?

The resources you can use to deliver BTECs in Construction are quite flexible. You can find some materials on the Pearson publications website.

Authorised Assignment Briefs are in development for each of the Award units on the BTEC 2012 qualification page. You can use these 'off the shelf' or adapt them according to your learners' needs. Any changes must be internally verified and documented.

You can also use the Assignment Checking Service to have your briefs checked by a member of the senior assessment team. For more information on this, and to access the link to submit your briefs, please visit the Assignment Checking Service page.

Sample Assessment Materials (SAMs) are also available on the course materials tab of the qualification page. These give you and your learners the opportunity to familiarise yourselves with the kind of content and structure to be expected for the external examination. 

What is OSCA?

OSCA (Online Support for Centre Assessors) is the online system that facilitates coursework accreditation and provides access to examples of marked candidate work.

For OSCA administrative queries, you will need to get in touch with our OSCA team at btecdelivery@pearson.com.

For information on quality assurance, assessment, internal verification, Lead IV and the sampling process, please see our Quality Assurance Handbook.

What qualifications do I need in order to teach construction courses?

For more information on what is required to teach Construction courses, please see the Department for Education's website on teaching requirements.

For NVQs, the exact level qualification or higher will be required (along with the A1V1 or TAQA in order to deliver and assess).

One of the certifications that Edexcel recommends is the OSCA certification, which is a certificate stating that you know how to assess and verify BTECs. This test is free and more information can be found by emailing our BTEC team at btecdelivery@pearson.com.

For the steps of assessor (1), internal verifier (2), and lead internal verifier (3), you can only be one of these steps or steps 1 and 3 together: you can never be step 1 and 2, or 2 and 3, as this is a breach of trust. In other words, you can't mark your own work and verify it, or verify someone else's work and then lead verify it, as this would be a breach of trust.

Who should I contact if I have queries about special requirements?

Please get in touch with our Special Requirements team at uk.special.requirements@pearson.com.

Who should I contact if I have queries about training events such as location-based, centre-based or online training?

Please get in touch with our training team at pdt@pearson.com, who will be able to advise you.

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