April 2024 BTEC Performing Arts update | Pearson qualifications

April 2024 BTEC Performing Arts update

Mon Apr 15 08:24:00 UTC 2024


Welcome to this April 2024 update.

I hope that the summer term starts well for you and your students.

If you ever need to get in touch, please use my details below.

Here is your April 2024 update with all the latest news on our BTEC Performing Arts qualifications.

In this update you will find information on:

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Extension to Tech Awards deadlines

There's some good news - we are moving the submission deadline for the upload of learner work for BTEC Tech Awards in the summer series to 15 May 2024. This change applies to internally assessed components for all Tech Awards and the externally assessed components in creative subjects. This 15 May submission deadline will remain in place for all May/June assessment series going forward.
This revised deadline will give you two more weeks to run, mark and upload internal assessments, and gives you extra time to upload work for external assessments in the creative subjects.
The Learner Work Transfer (LWT) system opens on 15 April, so there’s no need to wait until the deadline to upload learner work; once LWT is live, you can upload learner work at any time until the 15 May deadline.

Due to the later submission deadline, the deadline for you to submit amended marks following moderator feedback will move to 28 June. This is an optional service available, should you choose to use it, but is not a requirement.

Key Dates and deadlines

Here are the key dates you will need for the summer term for the following courses:

  • Tech Award in Performing Arts
  • BTEC Firsts in Performing Arts
  • BTEC Nationals in Performing Arts 
Date Event
15 April Learner Work Transfer (LWT) opens for Tech Award Components 1 and 2
1 May Unit 1 task completion (Nationals)
1 - 8 May Unit 5 task completion (Nationals)
8 May  Component 3 completion (Tech Award)
1 - 15 May Unit 7 task completion (Nationals)
15 May Dealine for submitting C1, C2 and C3 work via LWT (Tech Award)
8 May Unit 3 task submission (Nationals)
15 May Deadline for submitting the first sample to the Standards Verifier (Firsts and Nationals)
17 May Unit 7 task submission (Nationals) 
5 July Claiming deadline to make a full award claim, inputting all internal grades, for learners expecting a result following the release of May/June 2024 external examination results
15 August Level 3 Results Day: release of Level 3 results to learners. 
22 August Level 2 Results Day: release of Level 2 results to learners.

Key Stage 4 survey for drama and performing arts

We would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on potential new opportunities for qualifications in drama and performing arts at Key Stage 4/level 2.

If you are interested in participating, please complete our survey.

KS4/Level 2 survey

January 24 series Lead Examiner and Principal Moderator reports

We now have the Lead Examiner reports available for BTEC Nationals Units 1 and 7 and the Principal Moderator reports for Tech Award Components 1 and 2.

These reports include an overview of the specific tasks for the January 24 series, guidance on good practice, and much more.

Tech Award Component 3 Sample Marked Learner Work

We have a high mark example of work for Component 3 that you mind find useful.

We also have examples of strong acting performances for Component 3 available too.

The work can be found in the External Assessments section under the General Support Tab.

Future of level 3 qualifications

For anyone interested in the Level 3 reforms and what it means for Performing Arts and Production Arts, here is some recorded guidance. I spoke about the changes at the Drama and Music Education EXPO a couple of weeks ago.

This guidance covers all level 3 courses offered by Pearson Edexcel and BTEC, plus UAL, OCR, RSL etc.

Future of Level 3 qualifications

Future of level 3 qualifications
Future of Level 3 qualifications in Performing and Production Arts
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Tech Award Training and support page

There is a training support page for the Tech Award, where you can access past training event recordings and bitesize videos to support the delivery of BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts 2022, including:

  • Getting Started 
  • Marking and Moderation
  • Preparing for Component 3 external assessment
  • How moderation works
  • Component 2 requirements

Training support

An Inspector Calls UK tour

An Inspector Calls by JB Priestly, starts a nine month UK tour in August 2024. This National Theatre production will visit over 25 cities and town across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

An Inspector Calls

There's a very comprehensive education pack to accompany the tour too - it could be very useful for Tech Award Component 1.

Resource Pack

An Inspector Calls

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Hofesh Shechter Company BTEC resource pack

There's a podcast available from Pearson Performing Arts and Drama that you might find useful for Tech Award and Nationals in Performing Arts.

In conversation with Hofesh Shechter Company: Lucy Moelwyn-Jones and James Shaw from Hofesh Shechter Company talk to me about the new BTEC Performing Arts resource for Political Mother Unplugged, Hofesh Schechter Company's latest work. They have produced a brilliant resource which includes a recording of the work, plus interviews with the key creatives and a lot of useful info for students taking the Tech Award, Unit 1 Investigating Practitioners Work, and many other units.

In Conversation with Hofesh Shechter Company

Hofesh Shechter Company BTEC pack PMU

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Support and contact

Please feel free to get in touch, if you require any help or support in the teaching and assessment of our performing arts courses.
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