March 2016 work-based learning and colleges update: Business sector

Fri Mar 18 09:59:00 UTC 2016

This month's Business sector update includes information on some changes to our qualifications, and some new assessment materials.

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New and improved Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Business

It is with great excitement that the Pearson Higher Nationals team announces the release of the new Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Business.

To support the improvement of quality assurance for the new qualifications, and align them more with UKHE, we have also made a few key changes to some of the elements of how these qualifications will be approved and priced. We've created a page where you can:

  • download the new specification
  • familiarise yourself with the new detailed pricing model
  • find out more about the approvals process for all new Higher National qualifications.

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Business and Administration Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ)

Business and Administration SVQ2 and SVQ3

Pearson Work Based Learning and Colleges wishes to advise centres that the following SVQs expired for learner registrations as of 29 February 2016.
 

QAN

Qualification title

End accreditation date

End certification date

GA7R 22

Pearson Edexcel SVQ2 in Business and Administration at SCQF Level 5

29 February 2016

28 February 2018

GA7T 23

Pearson Edexcel SVQ3 in Business and Administration at SCQF Level 6

29 February 2016

29 February 20

On 1 March 2016, the following newly accredited SVQs at both SCQF Level 5 and SCQF Level 6 were launched and reflect the most current Business and Administration National Occupational Standards (NOS). 

QAN

Qualification title

Start  date

End accreditation date

GL11 22

Pearson Edexcel SVQ2 in Business and Administration at SCQF Level 5

1 March 2016

31 May 2020

GL12 23

Pearson Edexcel SVQ3 in Business and Administration at SCQF Level 6

1 March 16

31 May 2020

We are pleased to share the new specification documents and a high level mapping document that highlights changes between the current and new SVQs.

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For further information, please contact your Pearson Account Manager and/or Account Specialist.

Business Skills onscreen assessment materials: Full unit sample tests available

Pearson Work Based Learning and Colleges wishes to remind centres that full sample practice tests for the mandatory knowledge units within the following business skills apprenticeship and standalone qualifications are available.

  • Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Customer Service (601/3424/0)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Customer Service (601/3478/1)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration (601/3405/7)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration (601/3406/9)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Team Leading (601/3430/6)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Management (601/3396/X)

Published full sample tests

Full sample tests including practice test, answer sheet and mark scheme are available to download from the onscreen testing page.

Notification of the withdrawal of apprenticeship frameworks

Pearson Work Based Learning and Colleges wishes to advise centres of the withdrawal of the first batch of Business Skills related SASE frameworks from 1 June 2016 as part of apprenticeship reforms.

You will be aware that as part of apprenticeship reforms, there have been no new SASE frameworks developed or issued since 31 August 2014 and that new apprenticeship standards are being developed by groups of employers (Trailblazers).

BIS have confirmed that funding for new starts will be ceased on the frameworks listed below on 1 June 2016 and from this date there will be no further starts on these frameworks.

Apprentices still completing their apprenticeship on these frameworks will continue to do so, on their agreed funding arrangements, and their apprenticeship completion certificate can be claimed in the usual manner.  

Framework Name

Framework code

Framework ID

Issuing authority

Campaigning

556

FR01064

Skills CFA

Providing Mortgage Advice

453

FR01434

Financial Skills Partnership

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