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January and February 2020 External assessment dates

January and February 2020 External assessment dates

This update includes the January and February 2020, external assessment dates for BTEC Tech Award, BTEC First and BTEC Nationals in Engineering.

BTEC Nationals in Engineering Specification - Issue 7

BTEC Tech Award in Engineering - Component 3 teacher instructions

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January and February 2020 External assessment dates

BTEC Nationals in Engineering Specification - Issue 7

BTEC Nationals in Engineering Specification - Issue 7

There has been some changes to the BTEC Nationals in Engineering specifications and there is a new issue now available. You can view the changes in the table in the specification. The changes are also sidelined in pages.

BTEC Tech Award in Engineering - Component 3 teacher instructions

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January and February 2020 External assessment dates

BTEC Nationals in Engineering Specification - Issue 7

BTEC Tech Award in Engineering - Component 3 teacher instructions

BTEC Tech Award in Engineering - Component 3 teacher instructions

Teacher instructions for the Component 3 set task are sent 4 weeks prior to the supervised assessment takes place. For February 2020 series, you can expect to have the teacher instructions available online, on 06 January 2020.

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January and February 2020 External assessment dates

BTEC Nationals in Engineering Specification - Issue 7

BTEC Tech Award in Engineering - Component 3 teacher instructions

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We have a new place on our website to access all secure test materials, which are published online (live external assessment materials). The materials in this area will be gold padlocked, meaning only exams officers can access these.

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Part of the externally-set task is for each learner to produce an audio-visual recording of their system in operation. The recording does not have to be part of the 12 hours allocated for the supervised assessment period, but it must be completed within the Pearson set period. If a learner finishes the task in less than 12 hours then they should record their system in operation and the recording can be restarted to improve the quality of the evidence, but each learner must only submit one recording.

Learners who are working until the end of the supervised period must stop all development activities after 12 hours duration. Centres must organise any outstanding recordings to take place as soon as possible after the end of the session (given possible equipment constraints). In this situation, learners cannot continue to work on their prototype system and must only make one recording, even if it includes 'false-starts'.

The audio-visual recording must be made under controlled conditions. It must be a complete, unedited recording of each learner's system in operation. The recordings and learner's electronic task booklet / the physical storage devices must be safely stored e.g. in the exams office, until it is time to submit the work to the examiner.

The audio-visual equipment must be positioned to ensure that the best possible quality and unobstructed recording is made of the prototype system in operation. You must ensure that any electronic devices used e.g. LEDs and LCD displays, monitor screens and the learner's centre and candidate number are clearly picked up by the audio-visual equipment.

Learners should produce and deliver all recordings on their own. Due to the nature of the task, it is not permitted that they complete the task with a partner or in a small group. Teachers are not permitted to question, prompt or assist the learner. The length of the recording should be within the maximum 3 minutes duration allowed and any recordings that are substantially longer than this may not attract the full range of marks.

Component 1: Learning Aim B: Explore engineering skills through the design process

There is a minor update to the authorised assignment brief for BTEC Tech Award in Engineering Component 1, learning aim B. The change is at Task 1 - B - ii. The new paragraph reads:

ii. generating a 3D model of your chosen design solution – you can do this by producing a 3D CAD drawing and a physical model built from card or modelling compound, or by 3D printing.

Therefore learners should produce a 3D CAD model as well a physical model of their final design.

Access the updated assignment brief here

Specification, sample assessment materials, authorised assignment briefs and delivery guides for BTEC International Level 3 Engineering are being developed and these can be accessed from the qualification page. 

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Useful documents

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Specification - BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Engineering
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Specification - Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Engineering
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