July 2022 Esports update
Welcome to the July update!
This update has news of a rearranged BTEC Awards ceremony, a new guide to help you get started in teaching Esports and news from Ofqual about 2022-2023. We would also invite you to complete a survey about your learners who are completing this year.
I'd also like to draw your attention to a new feature in the signature which allows you to book an appointment if you would like to chat about an aspect of our BTEC Esports qualifications.
I do hope that when the end of term comes you are able to enjoy a relaxing break.
We would be very grateful if you could complete this short survey about the progression of your Esports learners and the skills they have learned.
Nik Turner has written this guide to help you get started in delivering a BTEC qualification in Esports.
Last month, Ofqual confirmed the subject content and assessment arrangements for qualifications in the following academic year (2022/23).
They confirmed that:
“For other qualifications, including vocational and technical qualifications taught alongside or instead of GCSEs, AS and A levels, a range of adaptations were permitted in academic year 2021 to 2022. […] Given that public health restrictions are no longer in place, these adaptations are no longer necessary for the academic year 2022 to 2023 onwards.”
This means our main adaptation of streamlined assessment will not be available in 2022/23, so you should plan to teach and assess the BTEC qualifications as normal.
The BTEC Awards 2022 was due to take place in July but the ceremony has been postponed until 7 September. We made this decision in consideration of guests and staff affected by the UK's national rail strike. We look forward to celebrating the amazing BTEC award winners in September.
In November 2021, the Secretary of State for Education, announced that the original implementation timetable will be set back by one year.
This means that the phased removal of funding for BTECs that overlap with T Levels, and the phased introduction of the new Level 3 ‘Academic’ and ‘Technical’ qualifications will start from 2024/25 rather than 2023/24.
Please be reassured that
- you can continue to teach your BTECs with confidence in 2022/23 and 2023/24 and only some BTEC qualifications will be affected in 2024/25
- learners will be funded until completion for any courses they start.
We are working through the implications for each of our BTEC qualifications in all sector suites and we will update all our centres where there are any changes to content, availability, and funding for BTECs.
You can find out more in the document below.
Here you will find links to delivery guides including advice for 2021-2022, past training content, guidance on resources, how to keep up to date with BTEC, and the benefits of Esports to learners.