February 2016 work-based learning and colleges update: Construction sector | Pearson qualifications

February 2016 work-based learning and colleges update: Construction sector

Mon Feb 15 12:15:00 UTC 2016

This month's Construction sector update includes information on changes to our qualifications, some funding news, and details on new teaching resources.

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Qualification amendments

The current version of the Pearson Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management has been further extended until 30 April 2016. This further extension to learner registrations has been granted to avoid a gap in provision before we make the replacement version live.

This replacement meets new National Occupational Standards set by industry. Centre approval to the new version will be transferred as soon as the new version is ready and at that point and specifications will be issued online.

Qualification extensions

BTEC Level 2 Award and Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment (Specialist: Construction)

These qualifications have been further extended until 31 August 2017 due to continued customer demand. They can continue to be used by providers, particularly as a more practical alternative to BTEC First qualifications, for learners in full or part time education. During 2016 we are developing qualifications to meet new DFE performance measures across a number of practical trades, which will eventually replace these qualifications, see below.

We are considering a further interim extension until September 2017 so that learners can continue to enrol during the 16/17 academic year, after which it will be replaced by new Level 2 Technical Certificates, below.

BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Construction Occupations and new, Practical Level 2 Post-16 Technical Certificates for work

This BTEC has now been extended to August 2017 to ensure it can continue to underpin apprenticeship frameworks. It has also received provisional approval by the DFE to meet the interim funding measures. However when apprenticeship frameworks reform it will no longer apply to this market, so it will be replaced by new, practical Technical Certificates for 16+ age learners to help prepare for direct entry to employment. This is intended to meet full DFE criteria and as described above will also replace the BTEC 'Specialist: Construction' qualifications). Topics will include:

  • Bricklaying
  • Joinery/Carpentry
  • Tiling
  • Plumbing
  • Painting/Decorating

It will include grading and external assessment. We have carried out consultation and will continue to do so during early 2016.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction Occupations

This qualification has now been extended until 31 August 2017 so that it can continue to underpin level 3 advanced apprenticeships in certain trades.

Qualification withdrawals due to low uptake

The following qualifications have been set to be closed to new registrations:


Qualification title

Closing to new registrations


BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Plant Maintenance

30 April 2016


Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Certificate in Non-Domestic Energy Assessment

30 April 2016


BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Construction Occupations

30 April 2016


BTEC Level 6 Diploma in Construction

31 October 2016


BTEC Level 6 Extended Diploma in Construction

31 October 2016


BTEC Level 6 Subsidiary Diploma in Construction

31 October 2016

If you have feedback on these, or any other areas in which you would like Pearson to develop qualifications, or would like to be involved in consultation, please contact us.


We are pleased to report that DfE has provisionally accepted our application for funding against the Technical Certificate measures (level 2 qualifications for 16-19 year olds) for the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Construction Occupations 600/3254/6. This is subject to an amendment to our statement of Purpose, which was carried out in January, after which DfE should include this qualification on lists of funded qualifications.

New free teaching resources for BTEC Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (Qualification linking to Green CSCS Labourers’ Card)

Pearson has updated the workbook, available free to centres, to gather knowledge evidence for this qualification. It contains more contextualised case studies, questions and up-to-date scenarios to help both teaching and the gathering of evidence.

We have also developed free teaching materials with images and content designed to aid delivery and provide an engaging learning experience for the learner. This is mapped to each learning outcome and is designed to accompany the workbook.

View the course materials and updated workbook (Edexcel Online Log in required)


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