December 2023 Esports update

30 November 2023

Welcome to the December update!

This update has news of new BTEC Higher Nationals in Esports and a breakdown of the grade statistics for last year.

I hope that the end of term goes well and that you can enjoy a restful break.

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Key dates

Date Event
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.

Esports news

Barnsley College esports student Alfie Caunt has been named as a runner up at the Association of Colleges (AoC) Student of the Year awards.

Launching in 2024, two new qualifications will complement the existing BTEC in Esports offering (the BTEC Level 2 Skills in Esports and the BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Esports):

  • the Level 4 Higher National Certificate (equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree)
  • the Level 5 Higher National Diploma (equivalent to the second year of an undergraduate degree).

These qualifications offer students a clear progression path for esports students to obtain a Degree (Level 6).

A story around how designing and playing games can get learners’ attention.

A report on the state of esports in the UK and the opportunities and challenges for the esports industry.

Our Esports qualifications

Go to the delivery support page

Here you will find links to delivery guides, 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, standardisation materials, the Assignment Checking Service and quality assurance guides.  

Nik Turner has written this guide to help you get started in delivering a BTEC qualification in Esports.

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Once certificates have been issued to your learners they will be eligible to claim a digital badge for the Level 2 or Level 3 qualification they have completed.  The digital badge demonstrates their achievement and shows potential employers and higher education institutions the skills they’ve gained from studying their BTEC in esports.  The badge can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts.

The badges can be claimed from 25 September 2023 and are easy to claim.

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Please share the QR code with your learners so that they can access the online form.

The Level 3 reforms

This page provides an overview of the reforms and will be updated as and when new information becomes available.

As part of the Level 3 Vocational Qualification reforms we would like to invite you to help influence the next generation of BTEC Nationals. We want to ensure we capture the teacher and learner voice in our qualifications and support materials.

This is your opportunity to have your say and get involved.

In light of the BTEC Business and other VQ Business, Enterprise, Marketing qualifications being withdrawn in 2026, we would like to understand what your portfolio of curriculum may look like and would appreciate your feedback in order to steer our thinking and development. Many thanks for taking the time to complete this.

The funding checklists below for 16-19 year olds give you a comprehensive view of funding which takes us up to the cohort starting in 2025.

This will give you clarity on how the recent updates on funding for BTEC Level 3 affect your centre and learners.

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BTEC Assessment

The grade statistics for BTEC qualifications are published in late October/early November on the grade statistics page of the website.

These statistics can be used for benchmarking purposes. Please note that in line with all qualifications, learner achievement is reported at qualification level and not at unit level.

National Extended Certificate Total D* D M P U
2021-2022 118 4.2% 13.6% 36.4% 97.5% 100%
2022-2023 288 21.9% 31.6% 54.5% 99.7% 100%
National Foundation Diploma Total D* D M P U
2021-2022 580 5% 14.1% 38.1% 99.1% 100%
2022-2023 901 5.7% 14.5% 34% 98.2% 100%
National Extended Diploma Total D*D*D* D*D*D D*DD DDD DDM DMM MMM MMP MPP P U
2021-2022 76 5.3% 13.2% 21.1% 28.9% 39.5% 50% 57.9% 64.5% 73.7% 94.7% 100%
2022-2023 533 5.6% 10.1% 14.3% 19.5% 26.3% 34.7% 46.9% 54% 67.4% 95.9% 100%

There is an updated version of the Assessment Record template for BTEC Entry – Level 3, these can be accessed on the BTEC forms and guides webpage.

This template now includes an updated authenticity declaration to include acknowledgement of any use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools. This form is provided for immediate use.

AI declaration

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If you design and use your own Assessment Record, please ensure this is updated to replicate the authenticity statement in our template/s.

The 2023-2024 Centre Guides have been uploaded to the Quality Assurance page.

Go to the Quality Assurance page.

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What to teach?

Here the answer is simple. Please teach all of the specification content.

What to assess?

The BTEC Centre Guide to Internal Assessment states:

Do Assignment Briefs need to cover all unit/component content?

No. Your assignment brief needs to cover just what is being assessed so no need to include the entire unit content.

All unit/component content needs to be taught, where relevant, to provide learners with the breadth and depth to their studies. There is no formula for how much content needs to be assessed.

The amount of content the learner will need to refer to will depend on the specific requirements of the actual assignment and the requirements of the assessment criteria and associated assessment guidance which can sometimes prescribe which areas of the unit/component content needs to be assessed.

Section 6 of the BTEC National specifications includes the following:

As assignments provide a final assessment, they will draw on the specified range of teaching content for the learning aims. The specified content is compulsory. The evidence for assessment need not cover every aspect of the teaching content as learners will normally be given particular examples, case studies or contexts in their assignments. For example, if a learner is carrying out one practical performance, or an investigation of one organisation, then they will address all the relevant range of content that applies in that instance.

On 28 March, JCQ released a document which provides teachers and assessors with the information they need to manage use of AI in assessments. This guidance applies to all our qualifications including vocational qualifications.

Important points to note:

  • centres should explain the importance of students submitting their own independent work
  • centres should ensure that teachers and assessors are familiar with AI tools and their risks
  • centres should consider communications with parents/carers to make them aware of AI
  • students must acknowledge use of AI when used
  • misuse of AI tools is malpractice.

Within the document, there is a list of potential indicators of AI use that may help identify work where students have misused AI.

Please do take a look at this guidance.


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