February 2021 Engineering update

10 February 2021

Here is the February 2021 update for Engineering, which focuses on the current status, the consultation and the adaptations available. 

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Ofqual Consultation

Ofqual consultation on alternative arrangements for summer 2021 has closed on the 29 January. We expect to know more about the outcome from week beginning 22 February. You can access the consultation document from the link below:

Access Ofqual consultation

Once we know more from the consultation outcome, we will be able to provide further guidance and support. 

Confirmed adaptations in the Engineering sector

Reduced internal unit assessments applies to the following qualifications:

  • BTEC Nationals in Engineering suite (RQF)
  • BTEC Nationals in Engineering suite (QCF)
  • BTEC Specialist AME, Rail Engineering, Composites Engineering, Machining, Aerospace and Aviation Engineering 
  • BTEC Firsts in Engineering

Depending on the size of the qualification, a reduction of 1 or 2 internal unit assessment can be reduced. See the adaptation document in the link below for details of this adaptation and how it applies to specific qualifications.

The reduced internal assessment will apply to learners certificating in summer 2021, and learners who registered in September 2020, and who will be certificating in summer 2022.

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See document below to find out about the adaptations made to the BTEC Tech Award in Engineering for 2020-2021 academic year. The adaptations mean a reduction in the assessment of some learning aims. 

These mitigations apply to those learners who will be completing their assessments for these components in this academic year (2020-2021) regardless of the intended certification date.

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Exams and external assessment in Summer 2021

In light of the information released by DfE and Ofqual as part of their joint consultation on 15 January 2021, we can confirm that the summer examinations for BTEC will also not go ahead.

The consultation outcome, which is expected to hear from 22 February, will inform any alternative arrangements. We will provide guidance and support accordingly.

The teaching and assessment support in 2020/2021 page includes more information on exams and includes all adaptation documents in one place. You can access this from the link below. 

Teaching and assessment updates 2020/2021

BTEC FAQs

Please visit the link below to access frequently asked questions in relation to the current status. These FAQs are updated, when we have more information. 

Access BTEC FAQs here

VQ Bulletins

VQ bulletins are sent to centres with information about the current status, adaptations and more. You can access the latest two VQ bulletins below. You can sign up to receive these, from a link within the bulletins.

VQ bulletin issue 8 - 12 February

VQ bulletin issue 7 - 3 February

BTEC Awards 2021

Nominations for the BTEC Awards 2021 are open! In what has been an unprecedented year, teachers everywhere have been working exceptionally hard to keep learning going and support their students to achieve their potential. If you’d like to recognise a BTEC learner or teacher, nominate them here.

BTEC Awards 2021
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