January 2024 Esports update

Thu Jan 04 10:18:00 UTC 2024

Welcome to this January 2024 update and a Happy New Year!

The Guide to Standards Verification is now available and includes information about sampling and control measures.

There is also information about the post 16 Level 2 reforms.

I hope that the start of term goes well.

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Key dates

Date Event
10 January Registration deadline for the British Esports Student Champs 2023/24 Spring Split
15 May Deadline for submitting the first sample to the Standards Verifier
5 July Claiming deadline to make a full award claim, inputting all internal grades.
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

Catch up on the latest education news from British Esports

Registration for the British Esports Student Champs 2023/24 Spring Split  will close on January 10th 2024.

Featuring some of the biggest and most popular esports games available today, including League of Legends, Overwatch 2, Rocket League and Valorant, the British Esports Student Champs is the UK’s largest amateur grassroots esports tournament for students aged 12 + at secondary schools, further education (FE) colleges and alternative provision (AP) schools.

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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The Level 2 and 3 reforms

The post-16 Level 2 vocational qualifications landscape in England is undergoing a significant reform.

To keep you informed, we have created a dedicated webpage providing an overview of the reforms, detailing what we know so far, and explaining the implications for you and your post-16 Level 2 curriculum.

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.

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 2023-2024 Centre Guide to Standards Verification has been uploaded.  This includes information about control measures, sampling and the key dates.

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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.

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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