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BTEC Bulletin Issue 43, September 2010

BTEC Bulletin Issue 43, September 2010

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Published by Edexcel
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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Contents Page
W
ELCOME TO BTEC!
Whether you’re new to BTEC or are part of an experienced BTEC centre, you can access all theinformation 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.
 
Page 1 of 7The 43
rd
edition of the BTEC Bulletin was prepared by Michael Hewens – 29 September 2010
 
A
NNUAL BTEC BENCHMARKING STATISTICS
Once we have completed all the enquiries and appeals for the 2009/10 BTEC qualifications, we willpublish the aggregated benchmarking grade boundary statistics to assist centres seeking to benchmarktheir learner achievements against national rates.This information will be available by the end of October 2010 for the following qualifications whichhave 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
L
ATEST ON 2010 FUNDING
With so much going on in the area of vocational qualification reform, we have put together some Q&Asin order to clarify the funding situation for the qualifications you provide. The Q&As cover both short-term questions about which qualifications will be funded in September 2010, and some more generalquestions about how qualifications are identified for funding, the future plans for BTEC, and theimpact 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 momentaccessing information about what qualifications are eligible for funding. The reason for the difficultiesis 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 thechanges and Edexcel’s response to them. It also confirms the future of BTEC qualifications. At thetime of writing, the new Department for Education (DfE) has yet to announce any funding criteria for14-19 qualifications beyond 2012, but we are confident that BTECs will continue to be the vocationalqualification of choice in schools, colleges and training providers. With that in mind, we will continueto 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 todate 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 answeredhere, or you need to check if a specific qualification is funded, please get in touch with our fundingteam – funding@edexcel.com. 
P
RICES FOR VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
The 2010/11 Edexcel Vocational Fees List has been uploaded on to the website and can be accessedhere:www.edexcel.com/2010vocationalfees.
BTEC is a registered trademark of Edexcel Limited.
 
Page 2 of 7The 43
rd
edition of the BTEC Bulletin was prepared by Michael Hewens – 29 September 2010
 
T
OP-UPS AND TRANSFERS FROM BTEC QUALIFICATIONS ON THE NQF ANDTRANSITION TO THE QCF
Please note that the last date for requesting top-ups for learners originally registered on NQF BTECFirst 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 largerqualification 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 theyhave received a certificate for the original course.Two documents which provide answers to frequently asked questions about top-ups and transfers, anda 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.
D
IFFERENTIATING BTEC QUALIFICATIONS BY ADDING “MEETING LOCALNEEDS” UNITS FROM OTHER PATHWAYS
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 skillneeds of the sector, and Specialist units provide coverage of a range of employment skills. Centres areexpected to make maximum use of the choice available to them within the Specialist units in thesespecifications to meet the needs of their learners, as well as the local skills and training needsidentified 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 importunits 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 otherpathways into the optional bank of units of a BTEC Level 3 National to provide flexibility to meet localneeds. To undertake these actions to meet local needsclick herefor more details.
QCF A
CCREDITATION UPDATE - BTEC LEVEL 2 FIRSTS AND BTEC LEVEL 3NATIONALS
 
The following link takes you to a list of the BTEC Level 2 Firsts and BTEC Level 3 Nationals accreditedon the Qualifications and Credit Framework (see under Accreditation Update) -http://www.edexcel.com/quals/firsts10/Pages/keydocs.aspx. These have been accredited by Ofqualusing the new titling conventions - to compare the existing NQF titles with the new QCF accreditedtitles from September 2010, pleasesee here. Further information is available on theNational Database of Accredited Qualifications.For the following BTEC Level 2 Firsts and BTEC Level 3 Nationals, accreditation has been extended bythe relevant Sector Skills Councils allowing centres to register learners on the current NQF versionsfrom 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.
 
Page 3 of 7The 43
rd
edition of the BTEC Bulletin was prepared by Michael Hewens – 29 September 2010

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