April 2022 Esports update

8 April 2022

In this April update there is an invitation to join us at our two roadshow events in May as well as a reminder about the Be The Future Enterprise Challenge.

In Esports news we have a new blog from Nik Turner and news of an Esports crash course.  In BTEC news, there is an invitation to take part in a DfE consultation on post-16 Level 2 provision.

In the April update

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Go to the delivery support page

Here you will find links to delivery guides including advice for 2021-2022, past training content, guidance on resources, how to keep up to date with BTEC, and the benefits of Esports to learners.

Go to the assessment support page

Here you will find links to assignment briefs, the Assignment Checking Service, quality assurance guides and information about streamlined assessment for 2021-2022.

Pearson BTEC and British Esports Association Virtual Roadshow 2022

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This virtual roadshow is designed to focus on the BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications in Esports. The primary purpose of this Virtual Roadshow is to provide a collaborative experience for teachers/lecturers, heads of department, assessors and IVs, where they can share:

- good practice in course design and delivery

- ideas to support effective teaching, learning and assessment

- teaching resources, assessment strategies and methods

- course management insights for delivery.

 

The session will be facilitated by members of the BTEC Esports sector team, the Senior Standards Verifier for BTEC Esports and colleagues from the British Esports Association who will provide a brief update on all relevant qualifications prior to the collaborative time.

 

These events, and the qualifications covered, are suitable for UK Centres ONLY.

Pearson has reviewed the format and content of all its training events to ensure the security of its examinations.

9 May, 15.00-17.00 designed for centres new to delivering Esports.  Register here.

12 May, 15.00-17.00 designed for centres with experience delivering Esports.  Register here

 

Be The Future 2022

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The 2022 Be The Future challenge is to create a social enterprise idea that addresses a social or environmental issue, such as poverty, climate change or inequality. Learners are encouraged to submit ideas for a social enterprise that could work to resolve these issues.

Submissions will be categorised by learners' Key Stage.

The entry deadline is 13 May.

Go to the 2022 Be The Future page

 

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We have started a dropbox folder where teaching materials might be shared.  Here you will find some case studies (mainly for Unit 1) which have been written from adapted Financial Times articles.

If you wish to contribute any materials please do send them to us so that they can be shared with other teachers.

Go to the Esports dropbox

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BTEC news

On 2 March 2022 the DfE published the Post-16 Qualifications at Level 2 and Below Consultation. The consultation is open until Wednesday 27 April.

Alongside the changes to post-16 level 3 qualifications the DfE are looking to improve provision at level 2 and below. This consultation spells out their ambition to achieve this.

It follows a first phase Consultation which ran from March to June 2019 and a follow up Call for Evidence which ran from November 2020 to February 2021.

Do respond to the consultation if you would like to share your views on the future of Post-16 qualifications at Level 2 and below. We are currently working through the implications of the proposals and will share further details once we have them.


Go to the consultation

If you have candidates that are applying for university (via UCAS) or you follow the academic year, please enter these claims by the 5th July each year.

For all other learners that have completed the course and are not applying to attend a university, please enter the claim as soon as possible to ensure timely receipt of certificates.

In November 2021, the Secretary of State for Education, announced that the original implementation timetable will be set back by one year.

This means that the phased removal of funding for BTECs that overlap with T Levels, and the phased introduction of the new Level 3 ‘Academic’ and ‘Technical’ qualifications will start from 2024/25 rather than 2023/24.

Please be reassured that

  • you can continue to teach your BTECs with confidence in 2022/23 and 2023/24 and only some BTEC qualifications will be affected in 2024/25
  • learners will be funded until completion for any courses they start.

We are working through the implications for each of our BTEC qualifications in all sector suites and we will update all our centres where there are any changes to content, availability, and funding for BTECs.

You can find out more in the document below.

The PQA team now have a selection of both online ‘live’ events and pre-recorded 'on-demand' sessions for you and your teams to access.

The BTEC Quality Assurance page has details of all events.

Book a place on a forthcoming event.

These FAQs should help support you as you deliver BTEC qualifications during 2021/22.

Go to the FAQs

It is now possible to report Streamlined Assessments on Edexcel Online.

Go to the guidance document (PDF | 1,030 KB)

The information previously published on streamlining is on the assessment support page.

Some BTEC Schools and Colleges have raised questions with their BTEC Standards Verifiers regarding sampling. In order to help support you in working together during the standards verification window, we hope the following question and answers provides the clarification you need:

A programme in our centre has been allocated for Enhanced Control sampling but we cannot provide two units this year. What will my Standards Verifier (SV) sample?

If certification is required in summer 2022 and you are delivering a second unit this year outside of the sampling window, then permission for a late sample may be granted, providing this can take place by 30 June 2022. The SV can also sample a unit from Year 1 of the programme, providing it has not been certificated, previously sampled in 2020/21, or subject to U-TAG Quality Assurance.

If certification is required in summer 2022 and there is only one unit available to sample due to the qualification size, then the SV will sample that unit.

If certification is not required in summer 2022, the SV will sample what is available as an ‘Not Yet Fully Sampled’ (NYFS) sample.

Due to our assessment plan, we are unable to provide a full unit for sampling until after the sampling window. Will a sample still need to take place?

Firstly, the SV will enquire as to whether you can amend your assessment plan to ensure a full unit is available within the sampling window. This is the best way for us to ensure secure certification for your learners, and your consideration is appreciated. Understandably, this may not be possible and the SV will not insist that you do so.

The SV can also sample a unit from Year 1 of the programme providing it has not been certificated, previously sampled in 2020/21, or subject to a U-TAG.

In exceptional circumstances, and only where possible, permission for a late sample may be granted, providing this can take place by 30 June 2022. Any sampling undertaken past this date may result in delays to certification.

We are running the first year of the programme (so no certificating learners) but are assigned Enhanced Control. There is only one component/unit available for sampling. What will the SV sample?

If it is the first year of the programme and no certification is required, the SV will sample the one unit/component available and set the report to ‘Not Yet Fully Sampled’ (NYFS) .

We do not have any units available for sampling due to U-TAGs and/or streamlined assessment. What will the SV sample?

This scenario would only occur on smaller sized qualifications. If certification is not required, sampling will be deferred until next year. Centres in this situation will have had Pearson Quality Assurance of their U-TAG judgements earlier this academic year.

If certification is required, the SV can sample a unit from Year 1 of the programme providing it has not been certificated or previously fully sampled in 2020/21. They are also able to sample the streamlined component/unit if a Year 1 unit is unavailable.

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Our qualifications

 

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                                BTEC Nationals Esports

 

The BTEC Nationals qualifications in Esports are available as

  • an Extended Certificate (360 glh).
  • a Foundation Diploma (540 glh),
  • a Diploma (720 glh),
  • an Extended Diploma (1080 glh)

These qualifications have no external assessment, are elgible for UCAS points but are not eligible for inclusion in performance measures.

Go to the qualification page.

For information about delivery and resources please go to the delivery support page.

For information about assessment including 2021-2022 assessment mitigation (streamlined assessment), please go to the assessment support page.

 

 

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                                Level 2 Esports

The BTEC Level 2 Skills qualifications in Esports are available as

  • an Award (120 glh).
  • a Certificate (240 glh),
  • a Diploma (360 glh).

These qualifications have no external assessment and are not eligible for inclusion in performance measures.

They are ideal qualifications for learners intending to progress to further education at level 3 or to an apprenticeship within esports and related industries.

Go to the qualification page.

For information about delivery and resources please go to the delivery support page.

For information about assessment including 2021-2022 assessment mitigation (streamlined assessment), please go to the assessment support page.

 

 

Level 1 Esports

Esports can be delivered at level 1 by changing the context of units within our Vocational Studies qualifications. All units are internally assessed. Centres will need to follow the rules for vocational studies i.e. cover the required mandatory units and correct number of sector units depending on the size of the qualification. - please refer to the specification for guidance.

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Colin Leith and Mark Battye

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