Find out about external assessment for your BTEC Nationals.

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BTEC Nationals 2016 to 2019

BTEC Nationals from 2016 onwards now have external assessments - a requirement on Pearson to formally mark and grade external units.

Resit opportunities for learners studying BTEC Level 3 qualifications on Applied General and Tech Level performance tables in England

The latest update from the Department for Education (DfE), which was given in July 2018, is that:

"Ahead of courses commencing in September, Ministers have decided that whilst pre-existing qualifications are being offered alongside the new…qualifications the additional retake opportunity should continue."

What this means for you: two resit opportunities

All learners

  • currently studying any BTEC Level 3 National (RQF) or one of the four BTEC Level 3 Specialist Hospitality titles (Food and Beverage Supervision, Chef de Partie, Kitchen and Larder, Patisserie and Confectionery), or

  • registering from September 2018

will have a maximum of two opportunities to resit external assessments (three attempts in total).

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All qualifications in the BTEC Level 3 Nationals (RQF) suite (including those not listed on performance tables in England). 

The rule will also apply to four BTEC Level 3 Specialist Hospitality titles (Food and Beverage SupervisionChef de PartieKitchen and LarderPatisserie and Confectionery) which include external assessment.

This rule applies to all learners registered in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

No - the usual rules apply, which are:

  • the first entry is included in the registration fee
  • any entries after the first one are subject to the usual additional fees