April 2023 BTEC Performing Arts update | Pearson qualifications

April 2023 BTEC Performing Arts update

14 April 2023

Dear colleagues,

Welcome back to the final term of the year. I hope that the next few weeks can be as stress free as possible for those with multiple deadlines looming. If you ever need to get in touch, please use my details below.

Here is your April 2023 update with all the latest news on our BTEC Performing Arts qualifications.

In this update you will find:

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Tech Award 22 Performing Arts podcasts 

I recorded a series of conversations with the Principal Moderators for Components 1 and 2 about teaching and assessing the components. We hope that you find them useful. 

You can also access an in-depth conversation with the Lead Examiner for Component 3 too.

If you are interestd in talking part in future podcasts, please do get in touch with me via my contact details below.

BTEC Performing Arts podcasts

Tech Award 22 new Exemplar Standardisation Materials

We have brand new Exemplar Standardisation Materials (ESMs) for Component 1.

This new range of support material across high and medium marks uses student work from the Jan 23 PSA using the theme 'beginnings' in dance and acting/performing arts covering:

  • Swan Song
  • Shadows
  • Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
  • Noughts and Crosses

Tech Award 17 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. 

Tech Award 22 Extension requests for C1 and C2

We have heard from teachers completing the PSAs for the June moderation series that it's been challenging due to a number of factors.

If your learners are experiencing loss of assessment time you can request an extension 

Support Portal

When submitting your request please using the following classifications:  

Request type – Coursework & Controlled/Internal Assessment 

Category – Deadlines & Dates 

Sub Category – Extension to Deadline. 

Tech Award 22 Getting Started event 10 May

We will be offering a free online Getting Started event for the Tech Award in Performing Arts on Wednesday 10th May, 4-6pm.

This live session will provide you with an opportunity to interact with the presenter who will take you through:

- Course at a glance– an overview of the qualification structure
- Assessment– the types and requirements along with tips for approaching these
- Grading at component and qualification levels
- Planning your programme
- the ongoing support and resources available to you 

Book a place

Event code: 23TAPA01

Ofqual student guide 2023

This guide provides students with information about this year’s arrangements for qualifications regulated by Ofqual. It also explains what support is in place when taking exams and assessments.

It's relevant for a student taking any of the following qualifications in 2023:

  • GCSEs
  • AS or A levels
  • other general qualifications, including International Baccalaureate, core mathematics and Pre-U
  • Technical Qualification (part of a T Level)
  • BTEC, Cambridge Technicals and other vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) taken alongside GCSEs and A levels

Ofqual student guide 2023

Support and contact

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