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February subject advisor's update

12 February 2024

The February update from your Subject Advisor

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Welcome to the February update. I can't quite believe it's February already. 

This update has clear information about the level 3 reforms and some useful dates to take note of about the BTEC Nationals. Information about the Tech Awards and getting ready to upload your sample. 

Provisional Timetable for Winter and Summer 2025

We will be publishing our provisional timetables for Summer 2025 on Monday 22nd January as agreed by JCQ and all other awarding bodies.
They can be found on our Provisional timetables web page.
Consultation window will run from Monday 22nd January to Friday 23rd February. Please send any feedback you may have to Timetables@Pearson.com

Provisional Timetables

Learner Work Transfer Feedback

As users of our Learner Work Transfer platform, we would like to hear from you about your experiences with the system. The outcomes of this survey will help us to continue to introduce improvements, making it easier for you to upload and monitor learner work in future series.

The survey is anonymous but there is the opportunity to leave contact details to provide more in depth feedback if you so wish. 

Complete the Survey


JCQ Updated AI Guidance

On 2 February the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) published their updated JCQ guidance on AI Use in Assessments.
The guidance is designed to help students and teachers to complete NEAs, coursework and other internal assessments successfully, giving students the chance to demonstrate skills which cannot be assessed in exams.
Please do share the latest version of the guidance with senior leaders, teachers and assessors in your school or college. It’s vital the guidance informs school policies on AI use, and schools and colleges provide staff and students with clear information.
A summary of the key updates is available on the JCQ website. They've also produced a poster for students on the use of AI and assessments and an information sheet for teachers along with PowerPoint presentations for teachers and students.
Read all the information on JCQ blog and download the updated guidance and support materials.

Blog with full details

Updated Guidance

Level 3 Reforms and BTEC Nationals in Health and Social Care and Applied Psychology

The post-16 level 3 vocational qualifications landscape in England is undergoing major reform.The information below provides you with an overview of these reforms, and what we know so far about what they will mean for you and your post-16 level 3 vocational curriculum. You will also find information which will support and guide you through this vocational qualification reform.

Download the Guide

BTEC National Health and Social Care

BTEC Nationals in Health and Social Care can be taught in September 2024. There is no change. 

In September 2025 for Health and Social Care you can start the teach the new BTEC National in Health and Social Care (AAQ)

See the Specification

BTEC National Applied Psychology

The BTEC National Applied Psychology can be taught in September 2024. There is no change. 

This qualification has a last registration date of 2024. After this time centres should look at the A-Level in Psychology. 

A-Level Psychology

BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care PSA

The PSA was released in January and should be completed and ready for upload to the Learner Work Transfer by 1 May 2024. 

You can see how to see your Moderation sample and upload your sample using LWT on the Support Index. It has all the information you and your Exams Officer needs to get your sample ready. 

Support Index

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