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BTEC Bulletin Issue 43, September 2010

BTEC Bulletin Issue 43, September 2010

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The latest edition of the BTEC Bulletin contains information about BTEC benchmarking statistics, BTEC Specialist and Professional qualifications, BTEC Apprenticeships, and top-ups and transfers from BTEC qualifications on the NQF and transition to the QCF. You'll also find the latest on 2010 funding, prices for vocational qualifications, a QCF accreditation update for BTEC Level 2 Firsts and BTEC Level 3 Nationals, information about the BTEC Quality Assurance Handbook, NQF and QCF equivalences, and much more.
The latest edition of the BTEC Bulletin contains information about BTEC benchmarking statistics, BTEC Specialist and Professional qualifications, BTEC Apprenticeships, and top-ups and transfers from BTEC qualifications on the NQF and transition to the QCF. You'll also find the latest on 2010 funding, prices for vocational qualifications, a QCF accreditation update for BTEC Level 2 Firsts and BTEC Level 3 Nationals, information about the BTEC Quality Assurance Handbook, NQF and QCF equivalences, and much more.

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Issue 43

SEPTEMBER 2010

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Welcome to BTEC! ................................................................................................................. 1 Annual BTEC benchmarking statistics.......................................................................................... 2 Latest on 2010 funding ........................................................................................................... 2 Prices for vocational qualifications............................................................................................. 2 Top-ups and transfers from BTEC qualifications on the NQF and transition to the QCF ............................ 3 Differentiating BTEC qualifications by adding “Meeting Local Needs” units from other pathways ............... 3 QCF Accreditation update - BTEC Level 2 Firsts and BTEC Level 3 Nationals ......................................... 3 What’s happening with the BTEC Level 2 Firsts and BTEC Level 3 Nationals extended to 31 December 2010?4 Final accredited specifications available for BTEC Level 2 Firsts and BTEC Level 3 Nationals .................... 4 Final accredited specifications yet to be published online................................................................ 4 The BTEC Specialist and Professional Qualifications........................................................................ 5 Summary of the situation for BTEC Level 2 Firsts and BTEC Level 3 Nationals in CCLD ............................ 5 Learn more about newly accredited BTEC qualifications.................................................................. 5 BTEC Apprenticeships – the Gold Standard in Apprenticeships........................................................... 5 Invitation to BTEC Apprenticeship events .................................................................................... 6 Have you heard of the Register of Regulated Qualifications?............................................................. 6 BTEC Quality Assurance Handbook ............................................................................................. 7 NQF and QCF – a simple table to show the equivalences .................................................................. 7 BTEC Assessment is changing to Vocational Assessment ................................................................... 7 Enjoyed this Bulletin? ............................................................................................................. 7

WELCOME TO BTEC!
Whether you’re new to BTEC or are part of an experienced BTEC centre, you can access all the information you need quickly and easily using the links on the following new page of our website: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/BTEC/Pages/welcome.aspx.

BTEC is a registered trademark of Edexcel Limited. The 43rd edition of the BTEC Bulletin was prepared by Michael Hewens – 29 September 2010

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ANNUAL BTEC BENCHMARKING STATISTICS
Once we have completed all the enquiries and appeals for the 2009/10 BTEC qualifications, we will publish the aggregated benchmarking grade boundary statistics to assist centres seeking to benchmark their learner achievements against national rates. This information will be available by the end of October 2010 for the following qualifications which have an overall grade: BTEC First Certificates and Diplomas BTEC National Awards, Certificates and Diplomas BTEC Introductory Certificates and Diplomas BTEC Entry Level Certificates in Life Skills and Skills for Working Life BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

LATEST ON 2010 FUNDING
With so much going on in the area of vocational qualification reform, we have put together some Q&As in order to clarify the funding situation for the qualifications you provide. The Q&As cover both shortterm questions about which qualifications will be funded in September 2010, and some more general questions about how qualifications are identified for funding, the future plans for BTEC, and the impact of the QCF on funding for the main BTEC qualifications. Centres offering provision to post-16 learners may be experiencing a few difficulties at the moment accessing information about what qualifications are eligible for funding. The reason for the difficulties is that the Learning Aim Database (LAD) isn’t yet fully up to date. Section 1 helps you determine if your qualification will be funded even if it isn’t yet on the LAD. You may be aware that the way qualifications are approved for 14-19 learners and post-19 learners (Train to Gain and Adult Learner Responsive funding) has changed. Section 2 explains these changes. Funding for the BTEC qualifications changed with the introduction of the QCF. Section 3 explains the changes and Edexcel’s response to them. It also confirms the future of BTEC qualifications. At the time of writing, the new Department for Education (DfE) has yet to announce any funding criteria for 14-19 qualifications beyond 2012, but we are confident that BTECs will continue to be the vocational qualification of choice in schools, colleges and training providers. With that in mind, we will continue to develop the BTEC qualification suite with confidence. Section 4 shows you where you can find further funding advice and guidance. The information is based on the funding situation as it stands today. These Q&As will be kept up to date with any future developments. The funding Q&As can be found on our website: http://www.edexcel.com/iwantto/Pages/2010-funding-faq.aspx. If your questions aren’t answered here, or you need to check if a specific qualification is funded, please get in touch with our funding team – funding@edexcel.com.

PRICES FOR VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
The 2010/11 Edexcel Vocational Fees List has been uploaded on to the website and can be accessed here: www.edexcel.com/2010vocationalfees.

BTEC is a registered trademark of Edexcel Limited. The 43rd edition of the BTEC Bulletin was prepared by Michael Hewens – 29 September 2010

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TRANSITION TO THE QCF

TOP-UPS AND TRANSFERS FROM BTEC QUALIFICATIONS ON THE NQF AND
Please note that the last date for requesting top-ups for learners originally registered on NQF BTEC First Certificates, BTEC National Awards and BTEC National Certificates is 31 December 2010. A top-up is where a learner has completed a BTEC qualification and wants to extend this to a larger qualification from the same specification suite, re-using the units from the first qualification. A transfer is where a learner transfers their registration from one BTEC course to another, before they have received a certificate for the original course. Two documents which provide answers to frequently asked questions about top-ups and transfers, and a list of the top-ups available until 31 December 2010 can be accessed here: http://www.edexcel.com/i-am-a/exams-officer/pages/viewNotice.aspx?notice=2058.

NEEDS” UNITS FROM OTHER PATHWAYS

DIFFERENTIATING BTEC QUALIFICATIONS BY ADDING “MEETING LOCAL
BTEC Level 2 Firsts and BTEC Level 3 Nationals are developed in consultation with centres, employers, professional bodies and/or the relevant Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) and Standard Setting Bodies (SSBs). The Mandatory units reflect the main focus of the qualification title and the foremost skill needs of the sector, and Specialist units provide coverage of a range of employment skills. Centres are expected to make maximum use of the choice available to them within the Specialist units in these specifications to meet the needs of their learners, as well as the local skills and training needs identified by organisations such as Regional Development Agencies and local funding agencies. Within the QCF BTEC Level 2 Firsts, in order to provide greater flexibility, centres are able to import units from other QCF-accredited BTEC Level 2 Firsts within the defined Rules of Combination. Equally, it is possible (within the Rules of Combination) to import BTEC Level 3 National units from other pathways into the optional bank of units of a BTEC Level 3 National to provide flexibility to meet local needs. To undertake these actions to meet local needs click here for more details.

NATIONALS

QCF ACCREDITATION UPDATE - BTEC LEVEL 2 FIRSTS AND BTEC LEVEL 3
The following link takes you to a list of the BTEC Level 2 Firsts and BTEC Level 3 Nationals accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (see under Accreditation Update) http://www.edexcel.com/quals/firsts10/Pages/keydocs.aspx. These have been accredited by Ofqual using the new titling conventions - to compare the existing NQF titles with the new QCF accredited titles from September 2010, please see here. Further information is available on the National Database of Accredited Qualifications. For the following BTEC Level 2 Firsts and BTEC Level 3 Nationals, accreditation has been extended by the relevant Sector Skills Councils allowing centres to register learners on the current NQF versions from this September: Level 2 BTEC Firsts and Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Children’s Care, Learning and Development Level 2 BTEC Firsts and Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Vehicle Technology Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Aviation Operations Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Beauty Therapy Sciences Level 3 BTEC Nationals Communications Technology
BTEC is a registered trademark of Edexcel Limited. The 43rd edition of the BTEC Bulletin was prepared by Michael Hewens – 29 September 2010 Page 3 of 7

NATIONALS EXTENDED TO 31 DECEMBER 2010?

WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE BTEC LEVEL 2 FIRSTS AND BTEC LEVEL 3
We are working with Ofqual regarding the accreditation of the BTEC Level 2 Firsts and Level 3 Nationals in Children’s Care, Learning and Development for registrations and delivery from 1 January 2011. We anticipate that draft structures and units will be available for the new January 2011 specification for the BTEC Level 2 Firsts and Level 3 Nationals in Vehicle Technology in late October / early November 2010, with accreditation expected towards the end of November 2010. The accreditation of the revised QCF versions of the BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Aviation Operations is anticipated in November 2010, along with the online specification. The BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Beauty Therapy and Beauty Therapy (Sciences) are already accredited, but for delivery from 1 January 2011. The NQF versions of the BTEC Nationals Communications Technology have been extended to 31 December 2010, permitting centres to register learners on the existing NQF qualification. Centres may also register learners on the new, QCF-accredited BTEC Level 3 Specialist qualifications in ICT Systems and Principles, which replace the BTEC Nationals in Communications Technology, from September 2010.

FINAL ACCREDITED SPECIFICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR BTEC LEVEL 2 FIRSTS
AND BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONALS
The majority of the final accredited specifications are now available on the website. You can look for specifications by selecting the relevant subject from the lists on the following pages: BTEC Level 2 Firsts: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/firsts10/Pages/default.aspx BTEC Level 3 Nationals: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/nationals10/Pages/default.aspx If you would like to order a free copy of a BTEC Level 2 First or BTEC Level 3 National specification, please use the order form on our website: http://www.edexcel.com/subjects/BTEC-Applied-Science/2010/Pages/order-specification.aspx.

FINAL ACCREDITED SPECIFICATIONS YET TO BE PUBLISHED ONLINE
The following specifications are still awaiting completion in online format: BTEC Level 2 Firsts in Beauty Therapy – new qualifications, final online specification expected by the end of November 2010 BTEC Level 2 Firsts in Blacksmithing and Metalworking - new qualifications awaiting accreditation, final online specification expected by the end of October 2010 BTEC Level 3 National in Aircraft Maintenance - new qualification, final online specification expected by the end of October 2010 BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Blacksmithing and Metalworking – final online specification expected by the end of November 2010 BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Land-based Technology - final online specification expected by midOctober 2010 BTEC Level 3 National and BTEC Level 2 Specialist qualifications in Pharmaceutical Science - final online specifications expected by the end of October 2010.
BTEC is a registered trademark of Edexcel Limited. The 43rd edition of the BTEC Bulletin was prepared by Michael Hewens – 29 September 2010 Page 4 of 7

THE BTEC SPECIALIST AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
As announced in previous BTEC Bulletins, these qualifications will be split into two suites: BTEC Specialist Qualifications, covering Entry Level to Level 3 BTEC Professional Qualifications, covering Levels 4 to 7 We are in the process of updating our website, but in the interim an up-to-date list of the qualifications that are being redeveloped can be found on the following page under ‘Accreditation Update’: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/btec-sc/Pages/Keydocument.aspx. This shows the transition from NQF to QCF, and up-to-date information about accreditation and the availability of specifications.

NATIONALS IN CCLD

SUMMARY OF THE SITUATION FOR BTEC LEVEL 2 FIRSTS AND BTEC LEVEL 3
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the BTEC Firsts and Nationals in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (CCLD) have been extended to 31 December 2010. The BTEC First Diploma and BTEC National Diploma will continue to confer occupational competence for registrations between 1 September 2010 and 31 December 2010 for '16-19 college based learners' and therefore the SSC has prioritised these for funding. The regulator, Ofqual, is currently reviewing the situation; once we have a clear steer on decisions made we will inform customers. Please note that these matters are subject to change.

LEARN MORE ABOUT NEWLY ACCREDITED BTEC QUALIFICATIONS
To access further information on the following exciting, newly accredited BTEC qualifications, please click on the relevant links: BTEC Entry, Level 1 and 2 Specialist Qualifications in Sustainability Skills http://www.edexcel.com/quals/Specialist/sustainability-skills/Pages/default.aspx BTEC Level 2 and 3 Specialist Qualifications in Home Cooking Skills – the “Jamie Oliver qualifications” - http://www.edexcel.com/quals/skills/home-cooking/Pages/default.aspx BTEC Level 2 Specialist Qualifications in Understanding Enterprise and Entrepreneurship http://www.edexcel.com/quals/Specialist/enterprise-entrepreneurship-lvl2/Pages/default.aspx BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship http://www.edexcel.com/quals/nationals10/enterprise/Pages/default.aspx BTEC Level 4 Professional Qualifications in External Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice and Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice http://www.edexcel.com/quals/NVQ-competence-based-qcf/ass-ver/Pages/default.aspx

BTEC APPRENTICESHIPS – THE GOLD STANDARD IN APPRENTICESHIPS
This gold standard Apprenticeship offering, the first of its kind, is the only complete Apprenticeship solution developed specifically to meet the new demands of UK work-based learning providers and employers in the changing education landscape. BTEC Apprenticeships are products that will help providers to operate efficiently, to increase completion rates and improve quality provision. With this complete solution, we have moved the Apprenticeship story forward a chapter, by treating Apprenticeships as joined up products, rather than a complex series of separate components. Apprenticeships can sometimes be seen as second-rate within the workplace, their value overlooked
BTEC is a registered trademark of Edexcel Limited. The 43rd edition of the BTEC Bulletin was prepared by Michael Hewens – 29 September 2010 Page 5 of 7

by employers. However, BTECs are already highly valued by employers and higher education facilities alike. Drawing on the best elements of both BTECs and the traditional Apprenticeship programme, BTEC Apprenticeships offer learners the best of both worlds; they combine the hands-on learning approach you would expect of an Apprenticeship with the flexibility, employability and quality that have come to be recognised as core values of BTEC qualifications. BTEC Apprenticeships will be delivered by FE colleges, training providers and employers across the UK from Autumn 2010. Programmes will initially be offered across 15 different sectors, including Construction, Hospitality, Customer Service, Children and Young People, Retail and Engineering. For more information about BTEC Apprenticeships, please visit www.btecapprenticeships.com. Alternatively, please call 0844 576 0045 to speak with one of our BTEC Apprenticeship experts or email btecapprenticeships@pearson.com.

INVITATION TO BTEC APPRENTICESHIP EVENTS
You are invited to join us at our free sector-specific BTEC Apprenticeship events taking place in October and November. During these half-day events you will: find out how you can improve achievement rates, quality and efficiencies in your business with our new BTEC Apprenticeships receive information about recent developments to our new QCF Apprenticeships as well as our BTEC and competence-based qualifications, including NVQs discover how the unique Edexcel support package will save you time and administration costs have an opportunity to ask questions and interact with our sector specialists. See more details here: http://www.pearsonevents.co.uk/wblbtecsector/

HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE REGISTER OF REGULATED QUALIFICATIONS?
Ofqual is introducing the new Register of Regulated Qualifications, which will replace the National Database of Accredited Qualifications (NDAQ), in late October 2010. This will be a new part of the Ofqual website that will list recognised awarding organisations and their regulated qualifications and also organisations approved as unit and rule of combination submitters for the Qualifications and Credit Framework. The Register will be operated by Ofqual on behalf of the regulators of England, Wales (DCELLS) and Northern Ireland (CCEA) and will allow the regulatory bodies to fulfil their statutory obligations to inform the public about regulated organisations and qualifications. The information on the Register will be broadly similar to NDAQ, but not exactly the same. The factual information will remain, e.g. the title and number of the qualification, its structure or rule of combination and details of the units or components that make it up, but the Register will not contain the descriptive information provided by awarding organisations. In order to obtain more details the Register of Regulated Qualifications will hold links to awarding organisations’ own websites. From Friday 15 October 2010, NDAQ will not be updated, but will remain open to users. As no qualifications will be accredited between this date and the launch of the Register of Regulated Qualifications on 25 October 2010, the data on NDAQ will remain current. NDAQ will not be available once the Register is live. A redirection will be set up on NDAQ when the register goes live in October so you will be able to move easily from NDAQ to the Register of Regulated Qualifications.

BTEC is a registered trademark of Edexcel Limited. The 43rd edition of the BTEC Bulletin was prepared by Michael Hewens – 29 September 2010

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BTEC QUALITY ASSURANCE HANDBOOK
This Handbook, which incorporates essential information for centres on Edexcel’s quality assurance procedures, is now available via the following link: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/BTEC/quality/Pages/documents.aspx. The handbook is divided into chapters making it more user friendly.

NQF AND QCF – A SIMPLE TABLE TO SHOW THE EQUIVALENCES
The table on the following page shows the progression routes available to all BTEC students together with their more traditional equivalents: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/BTEC/why-btec/Pages/Equivalences-progression.aspx

BTEC ASSESSMENT IS CHANGING TO VOCATIONAL ASSESSMENT
In order to reflect the greater diversity of the vocational qualifications they cover, the BTEC Assessment department will now be called ‘Vocational Assessment’. They will serve and respond to you in the usual way. For any clarifications, please email BTECComms@edexcel.com.

ENJOYED THIS BULLETIN?
You can sign up for a regular delivery to your inbox by contacting btecmarketing@edexcel.com – please provide your name, job title, centre name/details and your email address.

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