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January 2024 update
Welcome to your BTEC Tech Awards update.

We hope you’ve had a restful break and a good start to the new year.

While we’ll be sending this directly to you every month, there’s a wealth of support available on our website. Bookmark our teaching, learning and assessment page for all the latest BTEC news.

As always, we’re here to help you, so if you have any questions, please contact us via the Pearson support portal
In this month's update
January 2024 is the first available external assessment window for Child Development, Enterprise, Digital Information Technology, Sports Construction, Animal Care, Health & Social Care and Travel & Tourism.

If you need to make any last-minute entries for this series, they will be subject to a high late fee at this stage.

Entries are now also open for the May/June external assessment series.

If you need any support with entries or administration processes, we have a wealth of support available. Read our entries support articles.
Your moderators will share their draft reports with your quality nominee by 21 January.

You will have a window in which to review the feedback and amend/submit revised centre marks, should you wish to do so. This window closes on Friday 26 January. If you are unhappy with the moderator feedback, you will be able to apply for a review of moderation after results are released on 21 March.

The May/June series PSAs for internally assessed components are now available to download for all subjects from our website. Within each qualification’s page, head to the course materials section, then internal assessments (PSAs) to find the June 2024 downloads. You will need to enter your Edexcel Online credentials to download these materials.

May/June series external task-based assessments for Art and Design, Creative Media, Music and Performing Arts are now available to download from our secure tests page. These materials are gold-padlocked, meaning they are only available to exams staff.

The deadline to submit these assessments for marking via Learner Work Transfer is 10 May 2024.

As we approach the first availability of external assessments this January, remember that the terminal assessment rule requires learners to take the external assessment at the end of their qualification (when the learner is due to certificate). This means that learners must sit internal component assessments either prior to or in the same series as the external assessment to fulfil this terminal rule. If a learner chooses to retake an internal assessment in a series after they sat the terminal external assessment, they will also need to resit the external component to satisfy the terminal rule. Learners are allowed one resit of the external assessment within the programme.

*Creative subjects do not include a January series for external assessment 
You will submit certification claims for the new BTEC Tech Awards during the series in which learners are sitting their terminal external assessment. You will do this using the cash-in code for the qualification, which you can find in our Information Manual.

You can make certification claims during the normal entry window for the assessment series. If you have a learner who sits their terminal assessment in January and is happy with their result, you will be able to submit a late claim following the release of January results. However, if a learner is not happy with their results and intends to resit in the May/June series, you may choose to delay claiming until making their resit entry.

Read our dedicated BTEC Tech Awards 2022: Certification FAQs for more detailed information around the claiming process. 
You can find all the live and on-demand training resources you need for Tech Awards on our BTEC Tech Awards training and resources page. Bookmark this page for any time you need to book a new live training session or review recordings of past sessions.

We have created a range of BTEC Bitesize videos to support you in a number of sectors. Use the following links to watch each subject’s playlist.
If you require subject-specific support, please contact our subject advisors.

You can sign up to subject newsletters and book one-to-one meetings with your subject advisor on our website.

All the quality assurance you need for BTEC Tech Awards is available on our website, including the 2023-24 Centre Guide to Quality Assurance, updated bitesize videos on key processes and the assessment record template.

We invite centres to attend our Quality Assurance for the BTEC Tech Awards online event. Our January to July dates are now published, so book your place using the following link.

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