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Academic year 2020/21 for vocational qualifications

Academic year 2020/21 for vocational qualifications

We understand many of you have questions about the impact of the lockdown and social distancing measures on teaching and assessment of vocational qualifications. Ofqual launched a consultation earlier this summer, which is due to report shortly. We will update you on the outcomes and what this means for you, as soon as they are announced.

BTEC Tech Award in Engineering - Assessment materials

Teaching and learning support in 2020

Awarding vocational and technical results in Summer 2020

Academic year 2020/21 for vocational qualifications

BTEC Tech Award in Engineering - Assessment materials

BTEC Tech Award in Engineering - Assessment materials

In this update, you will find useful assessment materials for both internal and external components of BTEC Tech Award in Engineering.

Teaching and learning support in 2020

Awarding vocational and technical results in Summer 2020

Academic year 2020/21 for vocational qualifications

BTEC Tech Award in Engineering - Assessment materials

Teaching and learning support in 2020

Teaching and learning support in 2020

Guidance for BTEC Nationals, Tech Awards and Firsts in Engineering

Awarding vocational and technical results in Summer 2020

Academic year 2020/21 for vocational qualifications

BTEC Tech Award in Engineering - Assessment materials

Teaching and learning support in 2020

Awarding vocational and technical results in Summer 2020

Awarding vocational and technical results in Summer 2020

This page gives you access to all the relevant information to support you with assessment during COVID-19. Depending on the qualification's purpose, different mitigations apply.

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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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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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BTEC HNCD Engineering, Specification
pdf | 2.9 MB

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