March 2023 BTEC Performing Arts update | Pearson qualifications

March 2023 BTEC Performing Arts update

Wed Mar 15 09:24:00 UTC 2023

Dear colleagues,

I hope this term is going well so far - there have been lots of obstacles to cope with recently and we do appreciate all the hard work and effort you are putting in. Here is your March 2023 update with all the latest news on our BTEC Performing Arts qualifications.

In this update you will find:

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BTEC Level 3 Performing and Production Arts update

The Department for Education (DfE) have released information about the future of level 3 qualifications for 16+ learners. 

You can find a lot of useful guidance on our website:

Level 3 review update

For Performing Arts and Production Arts - which won't have T-Levels - we are hoping to be able to offer both small and large alternative academic qualifications (AAQs) from 2026. 

For the meantime, we expect that the current range of level 3 qualifications we offer in the sector will still be available and fully funded until 2025. These include Performing Arts, Performance, Performing Arts Practice and Production Arts Practice.

We would like to invite you to help influence this next generation of BTEC Nationals. We want to ensure we capture the teacher and learner voice in our qualifications and support materials. 

BTEC Nationals Research Community

Tech Award 2017 Component 3 Guidance and Support

To help teachers and students prepare for this year's Component 3 task, we have produced some guidance and support, including a recorded discussion with the Chief Examiner for C3, Helen Turner, a recorded performance and the written activities for three learners.
We hope you find these useful and inspiring. 

Accessing Externally Assessed Tasks

You can find the externally assessed tasks for Component 3 (Tech Award), Unit 1, 3, 5 and 7 (Nationals) and Unit 1: Individual Showcase (BTEC Firsts) on our Secure Tests webpage.

Only your exams office can download these tasks, so please ask them if you you need to access the materials

Secure Test access page

Forthcoming Release Dates

Unit 7 Employment Opportunities: 15 Mar 2023

Unit 1 Investigating Practitioners Work Part A: 20 March 2023


New BTEC Level 3 network events

We will be offering a couple of network events later this term for BTEC Nationals in Performing Arts and BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts Practice and Production Arts Practice.

These network events will provide an opportunity to hear the latest news on the qualifications, share good practice and resources, and make new connections. 

New training events for BTEC International Performing Arts

We have new free online training events for level 2 and 3 BTEC International Performing Arts qualifications

Event title Date Time
Introduction to Teaching the International BTEC Level 2 in Performing Arts 4th May  9:00-11:30 UK time

BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts (2022) updates

Please see links below to access the latest information and updates on the BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts 2022. 

Access the specification page

Access the key dates schedule

Access quality assurance documents

January 23 moderation results 

Moderation activities are now complete for learners entered for the December/January series, and you will have had direct feedback and the opportunity to adjust your original marks if necessary.

As moderation is such a new process for BTECs, we provide direct feedback and the opportunity to amend marks as a service to ease the transition from standards verification and support centres in adopting new marking processes and standards.

We are currently reviewing feedback from centres on the first moderation series to help improve and streamline processes and services going forward.

Results for the series will be issued to centres on 22 March, and can be released to learners on the 23 March. On results day, you will also be able to download Principal Moderator reports for each moderated component, detailing outcomes of the series and giving helpful feedback to aide centres in future series.

If you are unhappy with results, you can request a Review of Moderation (Service 3) (RoM) from results day until 20 April. Centres must await the issue of results day before any RoM requests can be requested.

Find out more about Review of Moderation (Service 3) 

FAQ guidance for Components 1 and 2 

I get lots of questions about the new internally assessed Components on the Tech Award, so we've put together a Frequently Asked Questions guide specifically for Performing Arts

Guidance for selecting existing professional repertoire

We have produced some additional guidance for teachers to help with selecting suitable repertoire and performance material for Components 1 and 2 in the new Tech Award in Performing Arts 


Assessment tracker tool

This is a tool that can help with the moderated assessment of components 1 and 2.

You can create Assessment Record documents and provide ongoing reports for learner feedback.

Support and contact

Please feel free to get in touch, if you require any help or support in your delivery. You can access contact details from the contact card below.


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