May 2015 work-based learning and colleges update

28 May 2015

This month's update includes information on BTEC Nationals, NVQs, the BTEC Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment, and 2015 qualification changes, projects and extensions.

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BTEC Nationals in Construction and the Built Environment

We're redeveloping this suite to meet new government technical level requirements and to ensure the qualifications are fit for purpose for today’s industry. If you're involved in delivering the current versions, we'd very much welcome your input. We're holding focus groups and employer forums and carrying out consultation remotely. Contact us if you want to be involved.

BTEC Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment (qualification for Labourer’s Green Card)

A free workbook, mapped to the qualification outcomes, is available to help you gather the knowledge evidence for this qualification. You can access it (using your Edexcel Online login details) from the BTEC Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment page.

We're also planning to update this resource this year to refresh the content and make it more engaging to learners. Alongside this, we plan to develop additional free teaching support materials.

NVQ updates during 2015 to new National Occupational Standards

Following the revisions to occupational standards by CITB, here is an updated list of NVQs to be amended before 1 June 2015. Updated specifications are available now, or will be uploaded to the website very shortly.

Centre approval is being transferred for any centres offering the current versions.

If you have any issues, particularly with regard to any that are being withdrawn and not replaced, please contact us.

Qualification Number Qualification Title Change
600/4019/1 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Plant Operations (Construction) (QCF) Amendment for 1 May 2015. New qualification number 601/6018/4
600/4016/6 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Specialist Concrete Occupations - Background Preparation and Profiling (Construction) (QCF) Amendment for 1 May 2015. New qualification number 601/6020/2
600/4033/6 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Dilpoma in Floorcovering Occupations (Construction) (QCF) Amendment for 1 May 2015. New qualification number 601/6022/6
600/4068/3 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plant Operations (Construction) (QCF) Amendment for 1 May 2015. New qualification number 601/6019/6 
600/9085/6 Level 2 Diploma in Applied Waterproof Membranes Waterproof Membranes Amendment for 1 May 2015. New qualification number 601/6025/1
600/9084/4 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Accessing Operations and Rigging (Construction) (QCF)* Amendment by 30 June 2015
600/9086/8 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Cladding Occupations (Construction) (QCF)*

Amendment by 30 June 2015.

New qualification number 601/6183/8

600/9840/5 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services Highways Maintenance (Construction (QCF)

Amendment by 30 June 2015.

New qualification number 601/6179/6

600/4008/7 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Erection of Precast Concrete (Construction) (QCF)

Amendment by 30 June 2015.

New qualification number 601/6186/3

600/9088/1 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Formwork (Construction) (QCF) Amendment by 30 June 2015
600/9098/4 Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Formwork (Construction) (QCF) Amendment by 30 June 2015
600/9377/8 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Land Drilling (Construction) (QCF) Withdrawal by 30 June 2015
600/4067/1 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Piling Operations (Construction) (QCF) Amendment by 30 June 2015
601/2260/2 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma Roadbuilding (Construction) (QCF)

Amendment by 30 June 2015.

New qualification number 601/6181/4

600/9092/3 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Site Logistics (Construction)(QCF)

Amendment by 30 June 2015

New qualification number 601/6182/6

600/9373/0 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Specialist Concrete Operations (Construction) (QCF) Withdrawal by June 2015
600/9095/9 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Dip Sub-Structure Work Occupations (Construction) (QCF) Withdrawal by 30 June 2015
600/4017/8 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Wall and Floor Titling (Construction) (QCF) Amendment by 30 June 2015
600/3994/2 Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Wall and Floor Titling (Construction) (QCF) Amendment by 30 June 2015
600/3993/0 Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) (QCF)

Amendment by 30 June 2015

New qualification number 601/6023/8

600/4025/7 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Wood Occupations (Construction) (QCF) Amendment by 30 June 2015
600/4092/0 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) (QCF)

Amendment by 30 June 2015

New qualification number 601/6023/8

600/4126/2 Pearson Edexcel Level 1 NVQ Diploma in Plastering (Construction) (QCF) Withdrawal by May 2015
600/4031/2 Pearson Edexcel LEvel 2 NVQ Diploma in Demolition (Construction) (QCF)

Amendment by 30 June 2015.

New qualification number 601/6021/4 

2015 projects

We're scoping potential developments to take place during 2015. We'd greatly appreciate your input into these, especially if you have particular demand from learners or employers to deliver any of the following qualifications, views on the design of them, or would simply like to confirm you support the proposed developments.

Pearson Edexcel Level 6 BTECs in Construction and the Built Environment

These qualifications are due for review and need to be updated to ensure they're fit for purpose and offer effective progression routes from the current Construction level 5 HND or Higher Apprenticeships. We're keen to ensure the updated versions can meet the educational base for IENG professional entry, which the current versions do not, and can also be included within new Construction Management Apprenticeships planned for later in the year. We're keen to hear centres' views on the qualifications and the demand you would have if they were updated in this way.

BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Construction Occupations

The current BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Construction Occupations is due for review during 2015 and may be withdrawn if there is no evidence of continued demand, particularly for the 19+ age group.

If you have continued demand for the qualification or you would like to have your say in how the qualification should be updated, please contact us.

Qualification extensions

BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Construction Occupations

This qualification has now been extended to August 2017 to ensure it can continue to underpin Apprenticeship frameworks. However, we're keen to hear centres’ views on how it should be updated to meet technical knowledge needs after 2017, when reformed Apprenticeship frameworks supersede the current ones.

One option is to include the qualification as a technical certificate for 16+ learners, including grading and external assessment, and we'd welcome your views and input into this if you would like to contact us.

Network Construction Operations

Extension requests until 29 February 2016 have been submitted to Ofqual  for the following qualifications in this suite:

  • 600/1828/8 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Network Construction Operations (Water) Service Layer
  • 600/1820/3 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Diploma in Network Construction Operations (Water) - Main Layer
  • 600/1814/8 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Diploma in Network Construction Operations (Water) - Repair and Maintenance
     
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