Blended Learning is defined by Pearson as follows: Blended learning is a formal approach to education that creates an integrated learning environment where face-to-face and online teaching and learning become complementary, with the purpose of giving learners a more diverse and engaging learning experience.
Teaching and assessment support 2020-2021
Proposed adaptations for BTEC assessments 2021
We know you want to confirm arrangements for assessment this year and we are keen to support you through this.
To support your planning, we have created sector guides to help with your teaching and to learn more about our BTEC qualifications in 2020-2021. These guides take into consideration public health guidance and remote teaching for this academic year.
Teaching and learning support
With the continued impact of COVID-19 on you and your learners, we've created a series of guides designed to offer you guidance on how you might adapt delivery of BTEC qualifications from September 2020. These guides cover the following qualifications as well as additional sector-specific qualifications where appropriate:
- BTEC International Level 2
- BTEC International Level 3
- BTEC Nationals Level 3 (QCF)
As we all become more accustomed to working with the restrictions and obstacles placed on us by COVID-19, we thought it would be helpful to issue guidance to support your approach to teaching and delivering of our qualifications.
We have worked on creating this general guidance document to give you the right information and to guide your teaching for 2021.
Distance Learning as defined in our Distance Learning and Assessment Policy is as follows: Learners recruited and enrolled online and study independently using virtual learning environments - for example via online courses, posted resources, and telephone support. Please note that prior approval is needed from Pearson prior to distance learning delivery.
Distance Assessment is a method of assessment where the assessment is designed to be carried out remotely. Distance Assessment enables learners to be assessed even if they are in situations/settings where traditional methods of assessment may be difficult or impossible to operate. Our teaching guides
provide support on this activity.
There are scenarios where distance assessment will not be possible and not appropriate where:
- Practical skills and/or interaction with individuals/equipment need to be
demonstrated and assessed in person
- There are group work situations/units where collaboration with others is required
- There is a requirement for learners to be overseen in person by centre staff at a
specific physical location, under controlled conditions, including observations of performance in SVQ/NVQ type competency-based qualifications and Pearson externally set and marked examinations and controlled tasks.
In the above scenarios, you should consult our teaching guide for the qualification in question.
Where you decide to adopt distance assessment as part of a blended learning approach, we
expect you to have carefully considered the points below so that you are able to confidently
state ‘Yes’ in response to each point below:
- We have policies, processes and structures that reflect the blended learning and
distance assessment models of assessment
- Teaching/delivery staff are timetabled to support blended learning when learners are
- We have a process to manage feedback on assignments, and questions are
constructively supported, and feedback is provided in a timely manner, if not in the
- The setting of assignments is undertaken in the face-to-face sessions and that
deadlines are clear where possible
- We have provided staff training and implemented measures to prevent and detect
any instances of malpractice which may arise due to the different delivery/assessment
- When learners submit work, we can provide evidence to ensure that the work is
authentic and has been completed by the learner
- Learners are fully aware of the need to ensure they avoid any forms of malpractice (for
example plagiarism) and the consequences should they commit it.
Please find below an example policy that you can adapt to meet your requirements and the Quality Assurance process for Pearson.
Blended Learning Policy
- To ensure that blended learning delivery meets the guidelines set by the awarding
- To ensure that assessment methodology is valid, reliable and does not disadvantage any group or individual learners.
In order to do this the centre will:
- Ensure that teaching/delivery/assessment staff are timetabled to support blended learning when learners are working remotely
- Ensure there is a process to manage feedback on assignments, questions are constructively answered, and feedback is provided in a timely manner
- Ensure the setting of assignments is undertaken in the face-to-face sessions and that deadlines are clear
- Ensure that when learners submit work measures are taken to ensure the work is authentic and has been completed by the learner
- Maintain and store securely all assessment and internal verification records in accordance with Pearson Centre Agreement.
If you would like any further support, please contact us.
Sector specific guidance
Please choose from the list below to view or download your latest BTEC sector guides supporting delivery from September 2020.