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21 July 2022
  Centre Approvals, Registrations, Key
  Dates, Training and more
Dear Centre,

We are writing to you with some important information regarding new BTEC Tech Awards for first teach from September 2022. 
UK schools who have offered any Pearson Edexcel GCSEs in the last three academic years will be automatically approved to deliver BTEC Tech Awards 2022 across all subject areas, therefore no further action is required. You will be able to make registrations for any new BTEC Tech Award qualification from 1 September 2022.

UK schools that offer BTEC Tech Awards or BTEC Firsts, but not Pearson Edexcel GCSEs, or offer them alongside GCSEs with another awarding organisation, will need to fill out a fast-track approval form. This will take up to 5 working days to process, dependant on internal checks. For fast-track approval, please contact us.

Other UK providers that wish to offer theses qualifications will need to submit a full application, including a JCQ Centre Approval application if not already JCQ inspected (CCEA Centre Approval in Northern Ireland, WJEC Centre Approval in Wales). For further information, please contact us here.
Registrations for all new BTEC Tech Award qualifications will be available to centres meeting the above approval criteria from 1 September 2022

We previously sent communications to centres delivering new BTEC Tech Awards to Year 9 learners requesting early registration onto our temporary registration system. This was to avoid accidental registration onto legacy BTEC Tech Awards. 

We have now closed this temporary registration system, so if you are currently delivering to Year 9 learners, you can register them from 1 September as they begin Year 10. 
We’ve added the Key Dates Schedule for the first academic year of the new BTEC Tech Awards to help you prepare and plan. You’ll find it on the BTEC Tech Awards (2022) landing page alongside plenty of other helpful information, including bitesize videos, links to published resources and information about our streamlined Quality Assurance processes.

We ran several Quality Assurance networking events in June and will repeat them this September. You can register for the ‘Quality Assurance for the BTEC Tech Awards 2022’ sessions shortly on our Quality Assurance or Training from Pearson webpages.
The first Pearson-Set Assignments (PSAs) for internally assessed components will be released on 3 October (1 September for Performing Arts) for moderation in December 2022 to January 2023. As the internal assessments are now moderated within the series, entries must be made for learners wishing to sit the assessment in that series (entry deadlines can be found in the Key Dates Schedule). 

Please note that the first assessment series is intended to facilitate those learners who have been taught a sufficient portion of the content for the component to contend with the assessment, such as those who have been taught from Year 9. Please consider carefully when deciding whether to enter learners for the initial assessment.

Provided you have made registrations onto the qualification, you will be able to access the PSAs even if your learners are not being entered for the series. So you will have the opportunity to use the first released PSAs as mock assessments to give learners experience and build their confidence before sitting in a later series.
Some clarifications and amendments have been made to our Specification and Sample Assessment Materials (PSAs and External Assessments). Please be sure to download the current versions for reference before first teach in September.

Key amendments and clarifications are:

  • Where relevant, some Pearson-Set Assignments have added clarification that learners can refer to course notes during task taking sessions.
  • Where relevant, some Pearson-Set Assignments have added clarification that monitored use of internet is allowed for the purposes of sourcing audio/visual content.
We have several dates for our free ‘Marking and Moderation for Internally Assessed Components’ training events scheduled for October and November which you can now register for here. In these sessions, the new marking grids will be applied to standardised examples of learner work using a ‘best fit’ approach. You will get a full overview of the moderation process, including preparation and submission of learner work, moderator feedback and amending marks. 
We held several well attended ‘Getting Started’ training events for each of our new BTEC Tech Awards subjects from January to July this year. In these events, the new qualifications were introduced in detail and all the key information about changes from current Teach Awards qualifications was discussed. 

We are currently finalising recordings of these events for each subject and have released several already. You can access them here, with more to follow shortly. They will also be accessible through the BTEC Tech Awards (2022) qualification page for your subject under ‘course materials’. 
We are currently producing marked samples of learner work for use as centre and moderator standardisation materials and as part of teacher marking training events. We know that some centres have begun delivering the new BTEC Tech Awards and may have undertaken mock assessments based on the Sample PSAs. 

If you have done any mock assessment for internal components, your learner’s work can help us to train teachers and moderators throughout the UK. Please contact Robert.East@Pearson.com for more details. We will be providing £50 Amazon gift vouchers for each piece of learner work used.
The new BTEC Tech Awards will be moderated in line with new DFE requirements, and we are currently recruiting moderators across all subjects. 

Working with Pearson as a moderator brings you the added benefit of being standardised directly by the Senior Assessment Team in your subject and seeing the work produced by many other schools throughout the moderation process. You can apply to become a moderator for the BTEC Tech Awards here.

We are also recruiting for the Chair of Examiners for new BTEC Tech Awards in Animal Care, Art and Design Practice, Digital Information Technology, Enterprise, Health and Social Care, Music Practice, Child Development, Performing Arts and Travel and Tourism. If you are interested in this role within the Senior Assessment Team, please apply here.
As a reminder, the final registration date for the current (2017) suite of BTEC Tech Awards qualifications is 31 December 2022, with final certification 31 August 2023. The final external assessments will be summer 2023.

The current BTEC Tech Award in Engineering has been extended to 2026 so you can continue to deliver it. However, please note that this will not be included on 2024 performance tables.

From September 2022:

  • Learners who plan to certificate in summer 2023 can continued to be registered onto the current qualifications. The current qualifications will run with no change to assessment timelines or Quality Assurance model.
  • Learners who plan to certificate in 2024 onwards will need to be registered on the new 2022 versions of the qualifications.
Kind Regards,

The Pearson BTEC Tech Awards team

Pearson Customer Services

The Lighthouse, Manchester, M50 3BF