October 2021 Engineering update
Here is your October 2021 update, linking you with the latest updates for Engineering qualifications.
- Arrangements in the Engineering sector for 2021/2022
- BTEC Specialist (RQF) in Advance Manufacturing Engineering (AME) Specification update
- External assessment series 2022
- BTEC International Level 2 in Engineering first teaching September 2022
- Training and events
- Schools survey on a new KS4 BTEC in Maritime Studies qualification from Pearson
- Recruiting new examiners
Arrangements in the Engineering sector for 2021/2022
The following presentation brings together the current arrangements in the Engineering sector for the 2021/2022 academic year. The document includes adaptations agreed for different qualifications in 2021/2022 and information on the U-TAG process.
*centres should plan and schedule all teaching, learning and assessment and only make use of assessment adaptations where it is necessary to mitigate for disruptions to teaching and learning this academic year (2021-2022) due to the pandemic.
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BTEC Specialist (RQF) in Advance Manufacturing Engineering (AME) Specification update
Issue 4 to Issue 5 – Specification ready
As previously communicated on the 26 August – amendments have been made to the BTEC Specialist AME specification and the changes detailed in the update has been applied to the specification, which is now available as issue 5.
These amendments have been included for first teaching from 1 September 2021.
If you have learners registered on a two-year programme from September 2020, they would not be affected from this change and should complete course on the issue 4 of the specifications.
Access both versions of the specifications below:
External assessment series 2022
As you are aware, exams and external assessment are planned to go ahead in 2022. BTEC Firsts, Tech Awards and Nationals have external assessment scheduled in January/February 2022 series. You can access the dates from the BTEC external assessment overview document below:
Summer 2022 provisional timetables are also ready to view. Any feedback on these provisional timetables should be sent to email@example.com
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BTEC International Level 2 in Engineering first teaching September 2022
The Pearson BTEC International Level 2 qualifications in Engineering covers safe working practices and engineering thinking skills, with the following specialist pathways to choose from:
- Vehicle Technology
In addition to the sector-specific content available in these qualifications, the requirements mean that learners develop the transferable skills needed to progress to further education or employment.
Currently the course materials include sample, Pearson set assignments, authorised assignment briefs and delivery guides. Use the filters to access different resources.
Training and events
Currently, there are events scheduled for BTEC Higher Nationals and the new BTEC International Level 2 Engineering. Please use the training page and filter to Engineering to access these events.
Schools survey on a new KS4 BTEC in Maritime Studies qualification from Pearson
We are hoping to introduce a BTEC qualification in Maritime Studies for KS4 learners, as we believe that such a qualification would be relevant to present interests, encourage key skills in students such as problem solving and innovative thinking, and be a highly relevant topic that relates to their local economy and possibly future careers. This survey is designed to gauge the interest in this qualification and understand if this would fit well within your curriculum, and to identify any areas where Pearson can help to ensure the best classroom experience.
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