BTEC Higher Nationals FAQs

What about practical Higher National units, where students have not yet started or completed the practical elements?

Where a work placement is not mandated in the qualification, what is the minimum number of work placement hours which need to be undertaken?

Where work placement hours are mandated in the qualification, what action should I take if they have been unable to be completed?

My student is unable to complete their mandatory placement hours due to the impact of Covid-19. What can we do?   

I am running a Higher National programme that confers a license to practice or includes mandatory workplace assessment requirements. Can my centre use alternative methods to assess practice-based Learning Outcomes and associated criteria, where direct observation is not possible given disruptions caused by Covid-19?   

What about where my programme does not include any mandatory requirements for assessment in the workplace, but I have planned for this in my delivery?  

Can my centre replace direct observations of practice with remote observations?   

My student is taking the Higher National Diploma in Healthcare Practice for England (Healthcare Assistant Practitioner) as part of the Level 5 Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard, do the same considerations apply to them?   

Where can I get more information and guidance about sector responses to Covid-19?  

Are there any units where I cannot use Unit Level TAGs?

Can our Centre continue with distance learning?

Can I continue to use distance learning (100% online delivery) if face-to-face teaching cannot take place, despite restrictions being lifted?

Will an External Examiner (EE) visit my centre this year?

When can I expect to hear from my External Examiner (EE)?

Can I use Centre Assessment Grades (CAGs) this year?

Can I change my Assessment Plan?

Have you provided guidance for centres who are adapting assessments?

What will my External Examiner want to see in relation to our unit Teacher Assessed Grades?

We didn't have a remote sampling in 2020. Will the External Examiner want to see a larger sample in 2021?

Can I use Unit Level TAGs if none of the unit content has been delivered?

I am a new centre delivering BTEC Higher Nationals and need some support with these processes, who can I contact for support?

I have a student who is a keyworker, and as a result they may not meet their assignment deadline. Do you have any guidance for this situation?

Local lockdowns mean that we cannot deliver some units as planned. Can these be delayed?

Can students progress from Level 4 to Level 5 if the Level 4 units are incomplete?

When will I be able to certificate my students? Can I certificate straight away if I am not using UTAGs?

Why do we need to do a high-level check of Unit Level TAGs compared to results from cohorts in previous years?

Who should sign the Grade Declaration?

When can I expect to see the Appeals process guidance?

Will each of my student's Higher National units be graded?

Where I have a Unit Level TAG - can I still grade at P, M and D?

Where a UTAG is required will the certificate look differently to those without a UTAG?

On page 24 of the Pearson HN Delivery & Assessment Guide it says "Centres are advised that these units may be unsuitable for the use of Unit Level TAGs", does that mean those units that follow cannot be used for a UTAG?