Choosing BTEC Firsts for your level 2 learners

We’re extending the last registration and certification dates for the current BTEC Firsts (2012 and 2013) and selected titles only for BTEC Firsts (2010). 

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Wherever possible, we’ve extended:

  • Last registrations to 31 December 2019
  • Last external assessment to Summer 2020
  • Last certification to 31 August 2020

although this does vary for some qualifications and sizes to ensure we’re taking the specific needs of each sector into account.

So check your course pages for the extended dates in your sector (the numbers in brackets tell you the first teaching date of the qualification):

What this means for funding and performance measures in England

Although we expect that all these courses will continue to attract 16-18 funding in England, the Department for Education (DfE) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) have confirmed that only qualifications included on performance measures (or “Lists”) will be eligible for 19-23 entitlement funding from September 2017. This means that BTEC Firsts (2010) will no longer be eligible for 19-23 entitlement funding in England from September 2017.

Download our handy summary to check the latest details of performance measures and funding in England for your course.

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Considering new BTECs at level 2?

We're developing new BTECs for level 2 learners in England, so why not find out more: