October 2015 work-based learning and colleges update | Pearson qualifications

October 2015 work-based learning and colleges update

26 October 2015

This month's update includes information on new free teaching resources, 19+ funding, changes to our qualifications and how to sign up for our free sector development forums.

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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.

Access the materials and the updated workbook (Edexcel Online Log in required).

Funding Update

We are pleased to confirm our applications made during June and September to the SFA for 19+ stand-alone funding have been successful for the following qualifications:

QAN Qualification Title


Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Floorcovering Occupations (Construction) (QCF)


Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) (QCF)


Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services - Highways Maintenance (Construction) (QCF)


Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Plant Operations (Construction) (QCF)


Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plant Operations (Construction) (QCF)


Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Formwork (Construction) (QCF)


Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Interior Systems (Construction) (QCF)


Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) (QCF)


Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations (QCF)


Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Building Maintenance Multi-trade Repair and Refurbishment Operations (Construction) (QCF)


Pearson BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Construction (QCF)


Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Roofing Occupations (Construction (QCF)


Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plastering (Construction) (QCF)

We have submitted further applications for interim DFE Technical Certificate measures (level 2 qualifications for 16-19 year olds) and will publish results shortly.

Qualification Amendments

The current version of the Pearson Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management will be extended until 28 February 2016 at which point a new version will replace it, to meet new National Occupational Standards set by industry. Centre approval to the new version will be transferred at that point and specifications will be issued online as soon as we have them

Qualification Extensions

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

These qualifications have been extended for a further year until 30 September 2016 so 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. In 2016 we intend to develop qualifications to meet new DFE performance measures across a number of practical trades, which will eventually replace the above qualifications

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 are keen to hear centres’ views on how it should be updated, to meet technical knowledge needs, when reformed apprenticeship frameworks supersede the current ones. One option is to include some of the content in a new technical certificate for 16+ learners, (as described above to replace the Specialist: Construction qualifications), including grading and external assessment. We will be holding focus groups to gather provider views and input into this.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction Occupations:

We would like to extend this qualification until 31 August 2017 so that they can continue to underpin apprenticeships at level 3 and urgently require provider support to do so.

Qualification Withdrawals due to low uptake

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

QAN Qualification Title Registration close


BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Plant Maintenance

Closes to new registrations on 30 April 2016


BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Non-Domestic Energy Assessment

Closes to new registrations on 30 April 2016


BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Construction Occupations

Closes to new registrations on 30 April 2016

Pearson Edexcel Level 6 BTECs in Construction and the Built Environment

The qualifications have had low uptake and we are aware that amendments are required in order to offer a progression route from level 4 and level 5 and to meet the educational base of IENG. However we have not yet had sufficient evidence of demand for such a qualification as a progression route, and will be extending for 12 months until 31 October 2016 whilst we decide the long term future of these qualifications.

Reminder: Pearson Construction Sector Forum 3 November 2015, London. Book here to secure your free place

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


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