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Guide to Internal Assessment for BTEC Firsts and Nationals

 
UK Vocational Quality Assurance Handbook 2013-14

The UK Vocational Quality Assurance Handbook 2013-14 is divided into individual chapters to make it simpler to navigate and use. All staff involved in delivery, assessment and verification of BTEC or standalone Edexcel NVQ/SVQ qualifications should read and understand the relevant chapters.
 

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  1. Introduction
This quality assurance handbook is for you to share with all staff involved in delivery, assessment and verification of BTEC or standalone Edexcel NVQ/SVQ qualifications. It is divided into individual chapters to make it simpler to navigate and use. This introduction will give you a brief outline and the qualifications covered by each chapter and alert you to changes to the handbook for 2013-14.

  2. Key dates
This chapter provides an overview on the key quality assurance dates for internal assessment throughout the academic year in a simple calendar format.

 3. Roles and Responsibilities
This chapter provides you with an outline of the roles that each individual below will undertake at your centre:

 4. Quality Review & Development
Quality Review & Development is a central part of our BTEC quality assurance model. We carry out an annual visit to every centre running BTEC at Entry Level to Level 3.

 5. Lead Internal Verifiers
You should identify one Lead Internal Verifier for each QCF Principal Subject Area and also for each BTEC (NQF) programme you deliver. The requirements for Lead Internal Verifiers are slightly different for BTEC (QCF) and BTEC (NQF). To make sure that you can find the correct guidance easily, the chapter has three sections:

  • Section 5a: General guidance
  • Section 5b: Lead Internal Verifier accreditation for BTEC (QCF)
  • Section 5c: Lead Internal Verifiers for BTEC (NQF)

 6. Standards Verification for BTEC (QCF) Entry Level to Level 3
Standards Verification helps ensure that you have accurate assessment and verification records and are assessing learners appropriately, consistently and fairly. QCF Standards Verifiers will sample assessed learner work and provide guidance and support. Issue 3 (Jan 2014) contains information about Enhanced Confirmation Sampling.

 7. Standards Verification for BTEC (NQF) Firsts
This chapter provides specific details about standards verification of the internally assessed units of these qualifications. Standards Verification helps ensure that you have accurate assessment and verification records and are assessing learners appropriately, consistently and fairly. NQF Standards Verifiers will sample assessed learner work and provide guidance and support.

8. Standards Verification for BTEC Children and Young People
This chapter provides information on standards verification for BTECs in the Children and Young People sector at Level 2 and 3. These qualifications have specific quality assurance requirements that are slightly different to other subjects. Each year, a subject specialist Standards Verifier will be allocated to you. This chapter also provides important information about combined assessment for Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (CYPW). This issue 2 (August 2013) contains further details on standards verification for BTEC Level 2 First Award and Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning & Development.

 9. Standards Verification for BTEC Level 4 to 7: External Examination
External Examination is the form of Standards Verification undertaken for BTEC Level 4 and 5 Higher Nationals, BTEC Foundation Art and Design and other BTEC Professional Qualifications at levels 4 and above. External Examination relates to centres operating programmes in the manner associated with higher education or qualifications in a professional context.

10. Standards Verification for Edexcel NVQ, Edexcel SVQ and Edexcel competence-based qualifications
Standards Verification helps ensure you have accurate assessment and verification records and are assessing learners appropriately, consistently and fairly. Standards Verifiers will sample assessed learner work and provide guidance and support. This chapter is designed for centres offering standalone Edexcel NVQs, Edexcel SVQs or Edexcel competence-based qualifications. Please note, if you are offering Edexcel NVQs, Edexcel SVQs or Edexcel competence-based qualifications within the BTEC Apprenticeship framework, please refer to the Work-Based Learning: BTEC Apprenticeships Quality Assurance Handbook 2013-14.

 11. Support
We are here to support you at every step. This chapter gives details of all of our support services.

 
 
Work-Based Learning: BTEC Apprenticeships Quality Assurance Handbook 2013-14

We have developed a single handbook for Work-Based Learning centres delivering BTEC Apprenticeships and BTEC Higher Apprenticeships. We quality assure BTECs, Edexcel NVQ/SVQs and competence qualifications within the BTEC Apprenticeship framework through standards verification visits across all components where possible. This handbook is effective from 1 September 2013 until 31 August 2014. All Quality Nominees, Programme Managers, Internal Verifiers and Assessors at centres offering the Apprenticeship framework should read and understand this document.

Please note: If your centre is offering standalone BTECs or Edexcel NVQ/SVQs, please refer to the UK Vocational Assurance Handbook 2013-14.

 

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 Work-Based Learning: BTEC Apprenticeships Quality Assurance Handbook 2013-14

This handbook is effective from 1 September 2013 until 31 August 2014 and addresses the quality assurance arrangements for Work-Based Learning centres delivering BTECs, NVQ/SVQs and competence-based qualifications within the BTEC Apprenticeship framework. Please note: If your centre is offering standalone BTECs or NVQ/SVQs, please refer to the UK Vocational Assurance Handbook 2013-14

 
 
International BTEC Quality Assurance Handbook 2012-13

The quality assurance process for international BTEC centres is different to the UK process. All staff involved in delivery, assessment and verification of BTEC qualifications outside the UK should read and understand this handbook.
 

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 International BTEC Quality Assurance Handbook 2012-13
This handbook is for centres running BTEC programmes outside the UK. It will provide you with guidance on what you need to do to operate your programmes effectively and gain certification for your students. It is for you to share with all staff involved in management, delivery and assessment of your BTEC programmes.

 
 
UK Centre Guides

Here are some useful guides that provide further information and advice for UK centres.
 

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 BTEC Centre Guide to Assessment: Entry Level - Level 3 
Issue 5: March 2014. The majority of BTEC units are assessed through internal assessment, so you can deliver the programme in a way that suits your learners and relates to local need. This guide is designed for BTEC programme teams and provides essential guidance on the planning and implementation of internal assessment.

It covers all BTEC qualifications from Entry Level to Level 3 and explains the assessment requirements for BTECs accredited on the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF) and the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). All staff involved in the management, delivery and assessment of BTECs should read this guide. This issue contains important updates on assessment requirements for BTEC Firsts and Nationals from September 2014.

 Guide to Internal Assessment for BTEC Firsts and Nationals
Issue 2: March 2014. This Guide takes you through the mandatory rules governing internal assessment for all BTEC Firsts and Nationals which will take effect from 1 September 2014 and confirms what support is available to help you implement these new rules.

The rules build on existing requirements for next generation BTEC Firsts and 
cover:

  • how teachers and tutors should give feedback once learners have started on an assignment
  • how learners should work independently on assignments to create their own, authentic evidence for assessment
  • submission, resubmission and retakes.

You can read through the whole Guide - which contains an explanation of the rules and some FAQs - or download the FAQs section only.

BTEC Centre Guide to Assessment: Level 4-7
Issue 3: December 2013. Higher level BTEC units are assessed through internal assessment, so you can deliver the programme in a way that suits your learners and relates to local need. This guide is designed for higher level BTEC programme teams and provides essential guidance on the planning and implementation of internal assessment.

It covers all BTEC qualifications from Level 4 to 7 and explains the assessment requirements. It has been developed following feedback from centres and Standards Verifiers and replaces the HE Specialist Papers that we previously published on a number of assessment topics.

 BTEC Centre Guide to Internal Verification 
Internal verification is an essential part of BTEC delivery and assessment. It ensures that your internally assessed units have appropriate assessment opportunities and are assessed accurately to national standards. This guide is designed for BTEC programme teams and provides essential guidance on the planning and implementation of internal verification.

It covers all BTEC qualifications and explains the assessment requirements for BTECs accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and the new next generation BTECs accredited on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). All staff involved in the management, delivery and assessment of BTECs should read this guide.

 BTEC Centre Guide to Managing Quality
This guide will help you manage BTEC programmes and plan and implement an effective quality assurance system.

 Instructions for sending postal samples via courier
We have an account with Parcelforce that you can use, free of charge, for sending standards verification samples. This document guides you through the process. Please note the new login details.

 HEI Licence Centre Guide
This guide supports the licence agreement for higher education institutions offering BTEC Customised Higher Nationals and other BTEC level 4-7 professional qualifications under licence, (known as the 'HEI Licence'). It provides practical support and information for UK higher education institutions (HEIs) with taught degree awarding powers operating under licence. It includes guidance on becoming an HEI Licence centre and ongoing administration and communication requirements.


 UK Centre Guide to BTEC Consortia
A BTEC consortium is a partnership between centres to offer BTEC qualifications. A consortium is approved at programme level and may be useful when two or more BTEC centres are delivering a programme together. This guide collates information and guidance relating to BTEC consortia from a range of sources, including approvals guidance, the UK Vocational Quality Assurance Handbook and OSCA Quickstart Guide.

 
 
International Centre Guides

Here are some useful guides that provide further information and advice for international centres.
 

 
 
Forms

We have prepared some useful forms and templates that you may wish to use in your centre. These forms are not mandatory, but using them will help to ensure that you are meeting requirements.
 

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Assessment and Internal Verification forms

 
 
 

Because there are slightly different requirements for BTEC (QCF) and BTEC (NQF) we have produced two folders to make sure you access the correct forms for each BTEC type.
 
Each folder contains the following documents:
  • BTEC Assessment Plan
  • BTEC Assignment Brief
  • BTEC Internal Verification of Assignment Briefs
  • Observation Record and Witness Statement
  • Formative Feedback Sheet
  • Summative Assessment Record Sheet
  • BTEC Internal Verification of Assessment Decisions
  • BTEC Learner Assessment Submission Declaration.


These forms apply to both BTEC (QCF) and the new BTEC (NQF) Level 1/Level 2 Firsts and the new BTEC (NQF) Level 3 Nationals in Children's Play, Learning & Development.
 
This folder contains the following documents:
  • BTEC Lead Internal Verifier declaration 2013-14
  • BTEC learner consent declaration 2013-14
  • Instructions for sending BTEC samples via Parcelforce.

 Quality Review & Development 2013 -14: centre engagement document

This document is to help you prepare for the Quality Review & Development visit, which looks at the management of your BTEC programmes. You should complete this and send it to your Centre Quality Reviewer before the visit.

It also contains the quality objectives and measures used by the Centre Quality Reviewer to make judgements. You may also use this to make notes.
 

 

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