BTEC FAQs

* Will there be an additional exam series opportunity for BTEC qualifications in Autumn 2021?

Will exams and task based assessments for BTEC still go ahead for spring or summer assessments?

What happens if my learners are unable to sit exams or tasks in January (e.g. due to illness, self-isolating, school/college decision)?

Should we submit attendance registers even if we are not planning on going ahead with external assessments in the January Series?

What should we do with unused January 2021 exam papers?

How will you ensure fairness between learners who sat in January and for those whose exams were cancelled?

What should I do if I have pre-released June or spring 2021 task based assessments that have now been cancelled?

What should I do with my February BTEC Tech Award paper-based exams that have been delivered to my centre?

Should I make external assessment exam or task entries?

Why are you asking centres to make external assessment entries when exams in summer 2021 have been cancelled? *

Will we be charged fees for resits? *

Is there any guidance to support us with delivering BTEC qualifications in 2020/21?

How can we structure the delivery of our BTEC programmes?

Some of our units/components were part assessed in 2020 with the remaining assessment due to take place this year. How should we approach this?

Due to social distancing and lockdowns, my centre is taking a blended learning approach to the teaching of our BTEC qualifications. Are we able to be flexible in our approach to evidencing assessment?

The blended learning guidance says assignments should be launched in face to face sessions. Given that we currently not delivering in this format, can we launch assignments in online classes?

What about practical units where learners have not yet started/completed the practical elements?

I would like support in providing a teacher assessed grade? 

Can I use the maximum number of reduced units for my ‘mid-flight’ learners?

Can learners later submit/re-submit work for ‘Reduced Optional Units’ that will not be assessed this year, as a result of this mitigation?

Will you be making any changes to the requirement to assess mandatory internal units?

How do I capture reduced internal assessments in the system?

* When can I tell you which permitted reduced assessment units I have used for my learners?

Are you going to be running standards verification this year?

How should I submit the sample to my SV?

Some units were completed by learners in their first year before March 2020 but no CAGs were submitted – can I put these forward for Standards Verification this year?

Will you Standards Verify the ‘low’ risk rated programmes?

What is the deadline for completion of Standards Verification this year?

Does the ‘1-unit x 3 learners’ sample size apply to each qualification group an SV is allocated to per centre?

Will my submitted ‘Released’ report release the programme for certification immediately?

Will I need to submit a second sample to my SV where the report outcome is Certification Pending – Centre Actions Required?

I am unable to provide a sample to my SV due to all internal assessment units receiving a CAG in 2019/20. What should I do?

Should the unit sampled still be a completed unit? I have a partially assessed unit available within the window. Can I submit this for sampling?

I am unable to submit a sample to my SV before the deadline of 30 May. What should I do?

How will Pearson be setting standards for the award of BTEC Qualifications this year?

Will students be compensated for the disruption they have experienced to their learning because of COVID-19?

Who will be given Qualification Level Teacher Assessed Grades? Are these just for for BTEC learners who would have taken an external assessment this year?

For those BTECs that don't have external assessment, how will those students get results?

Are you using an algorithm this year to calculate final grades?

Will there be BTEC or vocational learners who don't get a qualification this year?

What will happen to the BTEC students who sat external assessments in January?

What will happen to the BTEC students who didn't sit external assessments in February and March?

Why are unit-level results for external assessments that were cancelled not being issued this year?

Why are mid-flight learners (those who are registered on a qualification, but who are not due to certificate this summer) being treated differently to learners certificating this year?

Will the student's Notification of Performance reflect the learners' unit's achievement?

Will UCAS applications be affected?

What will happen to mid-flight learners (those who are registered on a qualification, but who are not due to certificate this summer), next year when they look to certificate/complete?

When will qualification results be issued?*

Is it mandatory to use the BTEC QTAG Evidence record template?

Do I need to make an award claim on Edexcel Online, once QTAG being submitted?