June 2023 BTEC Science subject update
Welcome to the June update for BTEC Science teachers. In this update includes information on Post-16 Level 3 BTEC reform networks that will be hosted this month and other information that I hope you find useful.
Item covered in this update:
- Post-16 Level 3 BTEC reform networks
- Information sessions on working as a BTEC Standards Verifier
- BTEC certification in Summer 2023
- BTEC key dates timeline
- Ofqual Student Guide 2023
- JCQ social media guide for students
- BTEC teaching, learning and assessment page for 2022-23
- BTEC Vocational Qualification Bulletins
Post-16 Level 3 BTEC reform networks
We are keeping centres informed with the latest news on L3 reforms in England via our dedicated web page which is provided below.
We will be hosting more network events in June to provide teachers with the latest information on Level 3 reforms. The events will cover the proposed content of reformed qualifications in greater detail than the previous networks held in May. They will also provide teachers with an opportunity to provide their views and insight to help us shape our qualification(s) and support offer in ways that best meet teachers' and learners' needs. The sessions will be managed by the sector team leading on the redevelopment of our qualifications at Level 3 and will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions.
BTEC National in Sustainability briefing session: latest developments around the reforms at Level 3 (13 June 2023 4-5pm)
An opportunity to discuss the new BTEC Extended Certificate in Sustainability first teach September 2025. We would value your feedback in supporting the new design of the qualification.
BTEC National in Medical Science* briefing session: latest developments around the reforms at Level 3 (20 June 2023 4-5pm)
*Applied Human biology has been retitled to Medical Science.
BTEC National in Applied Science briefing session: latest developments around the reforms at Level 3 (22 June 2023 4-5pm)
All events are listed on the training page that you can refer to for new upcoming events and updates.
Information sessions on working as a BTEC Standards Verifier
We are running 30 minute information sessions that will provide understanding of the Standards Verifier role within the BTEC suite of qualifications. The sessions will outline the expectations and time commitment required and provide the benefits of working as a Standards Verifier. It will also cover the the application process. Dates and times of events with a link to book are provided below.
Monday 26 June 4 - 4.30pm
Tuesday 27 June 4 - 4.30pm
Wednesday 28 June 4 -4.30pm
BTEC certification in Summer 2023
Top tip for timely certification in Summer 2023: once the Standards Verifier has agreed national standards have been met and released the cohort, submit your internally assessed units on Edexcel Online as interim Claims. You do not need to wait until 5 July deadline.
BTEC key dates timeline
We have produced a new BTEC key dates timeline outlining actions for both centres and Pearson throughout the year. This will enable you know what to do and what you can expect from us right up until the release of summer results. This can be viewed on the Teaching, learning and assessment 2022/2023 page.
Ofqual Student Guide 2023
Ofqual have also published a Student Guide that provides information about this year's arrangements for qualifications regulated by Ofqual. It also explains what support is in place when taking exams and assessments and covers GCSEs, AS, A levels, other general qualifications, as well as vocational and technical qualifications. They have also published a condensed version of the student guide in HTML and PDF format.
JCQ social media guide for students
Social media is big part of everyday life and whilst many of us enjoy sharing experiences online, when it comes to exams, we all have to be very careful.
The Joint Council for Qualifications has produced a guide for students on using social media during the exam season. There are some dos and don’ts that students should follow and a list of the actions that could be taken if these are not followed.
BTEC teaching, learning and assessment page 2022-23
The teaching, learning and assessment page for 2022-23 will keep you up to date with the latest news and information to support you delivering BTEC qualifications.
BTEC Summer 2024 provisional timetable
The Summer 2024 timetable has now been released on the website. If you have feedback please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
BTEC Vocational Qualification Bulletins
We send out regular Vocational Qualification Bulletins to keep centres informed of our support and services. You can sign-up for these and also read previous bulletins on our website.
Getting in touch
I hope you have found this update useful. If you have any questions then please get in touch via the Pearson support portal.