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Subject update | 14 July 2021

July 2021 Engineering update

Here is your July 2021 update for Engineering.

In this last update of the academic year, we will focus on results days, appeals and January 2022 exam series. In addition to that, we will look at the latest information on mid-flight learners and the most recent DfE/Ofqual consultation. 

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Results days

Level 3 (BTEC Nationals) Level 1/2 (BTEC Firsts, BTEC Tech Awards)
10 August 2021 12 August 2021

Through the link below, you can access information and support on the summer 2021 appeals process for all centres following our BTEC qualifications. 

Summer 2021 BTEC appeals


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*Please note: For mid-flight learners we expect that a TAG (component or qualification-level) will be requested by Pearson during the learner’s year of certification. At the time of writing, this will apply only to those units which were due to be assessed between 1 August 2020 – 31 August 2021, including external assessments, in line with Ofqual’s regulation, the VCRF.

For internal assessments this means that all units scheduled to be completed between these dates (but were not fully assessed) should now be ‘flagged’ to us using the reduced assessment functionality - ‘Z flag’. This has previously been referred to as permitted assessment reductions. This functionality will allow us to understand which units were not completed this year due to the disruption experienced. We continue to work with the DfE and Ofqual to finalise the approach to 2022 which will enable us to communicate with some certainty how grades will be determined for mid-flight learners.

For internal assessments that have taken place fully, please report the unit grade achieved using the interim claim function.

Internally assessed units that are due to be assessed next academic year should not have anything reported against them, as they have not yet been assessed, and were not due to be assessed this academic year, so are not eligible for a Teacher Assessed Grade.

BTEC Administrative guidance

Access the provisional timetables for BTEC Level 1/2 and Level 3 qualifications from the link below.

Provisional timetables

Arrangements for the assessment and awarding of vocational, technical and other general qualifications: 2021 to 2022

Access the consultation here

July 2021 update on redeveloped BTEC Tech Awards (for first teaching from September 2022)

Last September the DfE published the technical guidance for KS4 qualifications to be included in 2024 performance tables in England. To meet these new requirements, Pearson has submitted revised BTEC Tech Award qualifications for approval - we are making amendments to our draft specifications following feedback from Ofqual and will be sharing them with you the week of 19th July.

As a result, you will be able to plan your curriculum for next year, plus we will be supporting the launch of the revised qualifications with a series of events for all subjects from September. The revised Tech Awards will cover all our current subject areas plus the popular BTEC Firsts in Animal Care, Construction and Sport have been redeveloped as part of the qualification suite - 13 subject areas in total, including BTEC Tech Award in Engineering.

Our teaching & learning content has been retained in its current form for most subjects, with changes made to increase clarity and enhance delivery and assessment – see our guide to the changes (PDF). We’ve also made improvements to administrative processes, and the redeveloped qualifications will be fully supported by a comprehensive range of teaching and learning materials. Our subject advisors will also be on hand to help you transition and support you throughout teaching and delivery.

See our guide to the changes

The future skills of Engineering

Join industry experts from across the engineering and education sector at the future of skills in engineering roundtable event. Produced in partnership with Big Bang Digital, the roundtable, aimed at educators, focuses on the skills needed by tomorrow's engineers and how the education sector can respond to the need for new and emerging skills.

Access the page for The future skills of Engineering here

Plus, download your free goody bag containing, posters, blogs, booklets and activities to inspire your students to explore engineering.

The future of skills in Engineering

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