March 2024 BTEC Performing Arts update | Pearson qualifications

March 2024 BTEC Performing Arts update

14 March 2024


Welcome to this March 2024 update.

I hope that the second half of this very short term is going well for you so far. 

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

Here is your March 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 

Here are the key dates you will need for the spring and summer terms for internal and external units and components, for the following courses:

  • Tech Award in Performing Arts
  • BTEC Firsts in Performing Arts
  • BTEC Nationals in Performing Arts 
Date Event
18 March Unit 1 task released (Nationals)
21 March Results Day for Tech Award January 24 components (Tech Award)
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.

New Tech Award Component 3 Sample Marked Learner Work

We have released 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

We have some new online training events available for the Tech Award components this term:

  • 18th March- Marking and Moderation
  • 25th March- Preparing for External Assessment

Book a training event

We've also created a new training support page, 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

Level 1 Performing Arts available until 2027

We are pleased to announce that the Level 1 Introductory qualifications in Performing Arts are available until 2027.

These courses are 100% internally assessed and fully funded. 

If you need any information on them, please get in touch using my contact details below

Level 1 Introductory Performing Arts 

 BTEC Nationals Exemplar Work

We have some examples of top, middle and low marked work for Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop and Unit 5: Individual Performance Commission to help  you with preparing your students for the tasks this academic year.

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.
You can access contact details from the contact card below.


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