Engineering and Manufacturing

September 2022 Engineering update

September 2022 Engineering update

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Welcome back! I hope that you all had a great summer holiday and had the time to relax, disconnect and spend time with your loved ones, and are recharged for the year academic year ahead. Here is your September 2022 update to help you get up to speed.

Amendments to our suite of BTEC Nationals in Engineering from September 2022

BTEC Engineering Summer 2022 results days update

BTEC Nationals Level 3 in Engineering - Guidance on Unit 6

September 2022 Engineering update

Amendments to our suite of BTEC Nationals in Engineering from September 2022

Amendments to our suite of BTEC Nationals in Engineering from September 2022

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As part of our annual qualification review process, we have made the following amendments to our suite of BTEC Nationals in Engineering from September 2022.

BTEC Engineering Summer 2022 results days update

BTEC Nationals Level 3 in Engineering - Guidance on Unit 6

September 2022 Engineering update

Amendments to our suite of BTEC Nationals in Engineering from September 2022

BTEC Engineering Summer 2022 results days update

BTEC Engineering Summer 2022 results days update

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Here is the results days update for BTEC Tech Awards, BTEC Firsts and BTEC Nationals in Engineering qualifications. This update is to help you get ready for results and what to expect.

BTEC Nationals Level 3 in Engineering - Guidance on Unit 6

September 2022 Engineering update

Amendments to our suite of BTEC Nationals in Engineering from September 2022

BTEC Engineering Summer 2022 results days update

BTEC Nationals Level 3 in Engineering - Guidance on Unit 6

BTEC Nationals Level 3 in Engineering - Guidance on Unit 6

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Read the guidance here which provides an update on the selection of I/O devices for Unit 6: Microcontroller Systems for Engineering external assessment.

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An updated version (issue 8) of the BTEC Nationals in Engineering (RQF) specification has been published and includes the following changes:

Amendments to units

Unit 16: Three Phase Electrical Systems Content and Assessment criteria for Learning aim C to replace ‘domestic’ with ‘industrial/commercial’ and clarify the wording in criterion C.D3.

Unit 19: Electronic Devices and Circuits Content for B3, Assessment criteria for Learning aim B and Essential information for assessment decisions section Learning aim B Distinction and Merit standard.

Unit 54: Aircraft Electrical and Instrument Systems Assessment criteria and Essential information for assessment decisions for Learning aim C to replace ‘assemble’ with ‘inspect’.

You can access the summary of changes in the initial pages of each specification and the above changes are sidelined in relevant pages.

Please note that the Authorised Assignment Briefs for these units are not yet updated. If you deliver these units, please adapt your assignment briefs with the most up to date information from the specification.

New units

unit 57: Sustainable transport

Unit 58: Energy management

You can access the summary of changes in the initial pages of each specification and the above changes are sidelined in relevant pages.

Please note that the Authorised Assignment Briefs for these new units are not yet available.

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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.

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Specification - BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Engineering
Specification - BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Engineering
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