December 2023 Engineering update

Wed Dec 13 14:18:00 UTC 2023

Here is your December 2023 update for Engineering. In this final subject update of 2023, I am delighted to link you to the draft BTEC Nationals in Engineering (AAQ) specification, first teach 2025.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a restful and joyful break over the festive season. See you in 2024!

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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering (AAQ) draft specification and SAMs

Engineering AAQ

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We have published our draft specification for Engineering AAQ. This draft qualification has not yet been accredited by Ofqual. It is published to enable teachers to have early sight of our proposed approach to Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering (AAQ). Further changes may be required and no assurance can be given at this time that the proposed qualification will be made available in its current form, or that it will be accredited in time for first teaching in September 2025 and first award in 2027. 

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BTEC Nationals from 2025

Read more about BTEC Nationals from 2025, what to expect from the new AAQs and access to all available draft specifications. 


BTEC Nationals from 2025

Level 3 Reforms

The information in the link below provides an overview of reforms on post-16 level 3 vocational qualifications in England, and what we know so far about what they will mean for you and your post-16 level 3 vocational curriculum.

Level 3 Reforms


Higher Nationals update - Transitioning to HTQs

The 2024 Higher Nationals in Engineering portfolio of RQF qualifications is expanding, with two main changes. Read our FAQs to find out more about what this means for your centre, as well as advice and guidance.

Please note that these changes are only applicable to centres in England.

Transitioning to HTQs


BTEC Nationals in Engineering - Unit 3 - Part A release

Part A of the Unit 3 external assessment has been released and can be accessed by exams officers (gold padlocked) through the secure tests page. 

Secure tests for BTEC Nationals

BTEC Tech Award in Engineering (2017) - Teacher instructions

February 2024 series Component 3 teacher instructions will be released on 02.01.2024, as per the exam timetables, and will be accessible from the secure tests page. 

Secure tests page for Tech Awards

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