February 2020 update: Please note, this page has been updated to reflect changes to registration and certification dates.

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Between 2015 and 2019, Pearson launched the BTEC RQF Nationals suite. In this period to support centre transition we have offered both the BTEC National 2010 QCF suite and the 2016 RQF suite of Nationals qualifications. 

Read more about the BTEC RQF Nationals

Pre-existing QCF BTEC Nationals - where funding is being removed from 31 July 2020

Following the DfE consultation on post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below (excluding A Levels and GCSEs), some of our QCF BTEC Level 3 Nationals will no longer have funding approval after 31 July 2020. This applies in England and only to the qualifications where there is an equivalent redeveloped qualification (RQF BTEC Level 3 Nationals).

View list of pre-existing QCF BTEC Nationals  (PDF, 0.2 MB)

Read more about the announcement and what this means for the transfer of learners moving from smaller QCF BTEC Nationals in 2019/20 to larger pre-existing QCF BTEC Nationals in 2020/21. 

QCF BTEC Nationals - where funding remains until 30 September 2020 or later

Having reviewed the progress of transition from the QCF to the RQF suite, we have made the decision to withdraw further QCF BTEC Nationals, with a new final registration date of 30 September 2020.

We have compiled the final registration dates for all QCF BTEC Nationals in England only (PDF, 0.9 MB)

QCF BTEC Nationals  (2010) in Northern Ireland and Wales

The BTEC National 2010 QCF suite current review date is 30 September 2020. 

Having reviewed the progress of transition from the suite, we have made the decision to withdraw many of the qualifications, with a new final registration date of 30 September 2020. 

The BTEC National 2010 QCF qualifications that are not being withdrawn will be updated and the review dates will be extended. Download our guide to find out more about Level 3 qualifications available in Wales and Northern Ireland from 1 September 2020:

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Are there any exceptions?

Please note: there a number of exceptions to the extension, including:

  • BTEC Nationals in Dental Technology - last registration date is already 31 August 2020, as required by the professional body.
  • BTEC Nationals in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (CCLD) - will be extended for last registration 31 August 2021 in Northern Ireland only. 

Here to help

Our Subject teams have created some short FAQs to explain what this means for funding, planning, teaching and learning.

The BTEC QCF Nationals (2010), will not be extended further, please refer to individual qualification details for last registration date. 

No, as these qualifications do not contain external assessment.

Yes, this has not changed. Details can be viewed on the UCAS website.