Business, Administration and Law

Subject update | 20 January 2021

January 2021 BTEC Business update

Happy New Year!

This update includes a link to the Ofqual consultation and links to the latest information.

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Ofqual consultation

The consultation on alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other general qualifications in 2021 is open until 29 January.

The Ofqual consultation is open until 29 January and even if you don’t want to contribute, is probably worth reading to understand the proposals being put forward for the awarding of qualifications this summer.

Reduced Unit Assessment

Reduced Optional Unit Assessments will be applied to the:

• BTEC RQF Nationals (2016 –2020)
• BTEC QCF Nationals 2010
• BTEC Firsts

There is a reminder that all content should be taught and that all mandatory content must be taught and assessed.


Our FAQs are updated regularly and include answers to the latest questions you may have regarding COVID and school and college closures.

Nominate your BTEC Business stars now

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Nominations for BTEC Awards 2021 are now open!

Do you know an exceptional BTEC student or teacher? Do you want to recognise their consistent hard work and achievements? Nominate them for a BTEC Award! The BTEC Awards is an annual competition where the outstanding achievements of BTEC learners, apprentices, teachers, schools and colleges around the world are celebrated. 2021 will be an extra special year as we continue to recognise the exceptional resilience of students and teachers who have inspired and enabled their learners to achieve despite the challenges of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Web for BTEC

This is a search engine for BTEC and covers both Level 2 and 3 qualifications (like Google for BTEC!).

It will provide search results that have been mapped specifically to our standards. It enables a learner to develop research skills by only providing content that has been specially selected as being appropriate in content and with the added benefit of being checked from a safeguarding perspective.

Learners can select their age to view age relevant content as well as select content based on reading ability. It is designed to help with the delivery of their underpinning knowledge as well as support them with their internal and external assessments.

online CPD and training

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Online CPD and training

We have two free self-directed CPD online courses available on our Learning Hub for teachers and tutors:

• Blended Learning
• Online Remote Delivery

Teachers and tutors just need to enrol themselves to access the courses and will get digital badges on the successful completion of the modules in each course.

Assignment checking service (ACS)

In order to access the ACS, you will need to complete the form using the following options:

Option Please select
Customer Options Teacher & Department Heads
Issue Type Systems, Tools & Services
Category Type BTEC Assignment Checking Service

You can then complete the rest of the online form providing all the information relevant to your case, attach the assignment brief once you have submitted the case.

Please ensure that you have also read the ACS Terms & Conditions.

Teaching and learning guides

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Teaching and Learning guides

We have Teaching and Learning guides for each sector/subject area. Please note that there are separate guides for Business and Enterprise. These guides are available on our website.

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Enterprise

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BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Enterprise

Please open the tabs below for information and links to support.

Please do read the Tech Awards Assessment Evidence Adaptations document for news on

• Component 1 Learning Aim A (new assessment criteria for 2020-2021)
• Component 1 Learning Aim B (new assessment criteria for 2020-2021)
• Component 2 Learning Aim C

Page 2 of the document states:

These mitigations apply to those learners who will be completing their assessments for these components in this academic year (2020-2021) regardless of the intended certification date.

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The Secretary of State has confirmed on 13 January that "for exams scheduled in February and March (including BTECs and other qualifications included in performance tables) it is no longer viable for these exams to go ahead".



Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Buisness

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Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Business

Please open the tabs below for more information and support.

Our BTEC Nationals in Business (2016) are mapped to CMI Professional Standards resulting in eligibility for Foundation Chartered Manager status.

Join us at a free webinar on 29 Jan to explore the benefits, get practical advice, and ask your questions.

We have partnership agreements with the following organisations:

  • ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
  • CII Chartered Institute Insurance)
  • CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing)
  • CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development)
  • CMI (Chartered Management Institute)

This new digital resource accompanies the BTEC Nationals in Business.

Currently, Business+ is available for marketing units:

• Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign
• Unit 17: Digital Marketing
• Unit 22: Market Research

Each unit is available to purchase individually, with prices from as little as £6 per student.
Every purchase for the Learning Hub comes with a complementary login for teachers.

If your learners sat an exam or set task in the January series, Results Day is 17 March

Some learners have been concerned at not being able to find the BTEC Nationals on the UCAS application website.

Our advice is:

1) Enter "BTEC National" into the qualification search field.
2) Select: "Pearson BTEC Level 3 National [relevant size/GLH] (First teaching Sept 2016)"
3) Select the relevant subject/pathway.

If you search for a "2019" BTEC or if you omit the word "National", you won't find it. All the Nationals from 2016 onwards are categorised under "first teaching Sept 16", as it is part of the new suite regardless of the year of first teaching for a specific subject.



BTEC International Level 3 in Business

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BTEC International Level 3 Nationals in Business

This qualification includes both a Business pathway and an Enterprise & Entrepreneurship pathway.

The specification for International Level 3 Business and International Level 3 Enterprise & Entrepreneurship is available on the qualification page.

The following support materials are also available:
• Scheme of work
• Sample assignments
• Unit delivery guidance
• Authorised Assignment Briefs
• Pearson Set Assignments (PSAs)

The student resources are only available as e-texts on the Learning Hub site, and are all available now. If a you want to have access, please complete an expression of Interest form .

If you have any queries, want to be kept updated or need to know how to start offering these qualifications in your centre, contact one of our Sales Representatives.

We’ve agreed with CMI that students studying the Pearson BTEC International Level 3 in Business and Enterprise are eligible for Foundation Chartered Manager status, awarded only by CMI.




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We have two post 16 qualifications in Marketing supported by a professional body partnership with the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Our Marketing Plus resources can help the teaching and learning.

Find out more in the folders below.

The Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Marketing are available. They are not eligible for inclusion in performance tables but are eligible for funding.

The Level 2 BTEC Technical Certificate in Marketing (240 glh) is for post 16 learners who are interested in a career in marketing. The qualification is included in performance tables.

We have a new digital resource called Marketing Plus to support this qualification.

We have a partenership with the CIM



BTEC Higher Nationals in Business

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BTEC Higher Nationals in Business

The BTEC Higher Nationals in Business have been revalidated. The specification is now live on our website and HN Global. This is available for first teaching from September 2021.

The new qualifications include enhanced work-related curriculum that is designed to address an increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways at Levels 4 and 5, equipping students with the right skills and competencies for the workplace or progression to further higher education study.

The last registration date for the current (2016) specification is 31 August 2021. All new registrations from the 1 September 2021 will be on the new specification.

All teaching and learning materials are only accessible via a dedicated page on HN Global. This includes the relevant and current files for the RQF qualification you’re teaching, including Example Assessment Briefs and Themes and Topics for Pearson-set units.

There is now a library of e-resources for Business linked in the subject page on HN Global.

To create an account please go to

If you have any questions please contact us at

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has recently updated their exemption policy. From 1 October 2020, all graduates from HNC/HND in Business will be eligible for the following exemptions in CIMA's Certificate in Business Accounting: BA1, BA2, BA3 and BA4.

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