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BTEC Practitioner Group Meeting

The meeting featured a presentation from David MacKay, Pearson, who provided an update on the ongoing Pearson BTEC National qualification developments and information on the introduction of T Levels. Betty Anyika, University of Sheffield, then presented on the University of Sheffield Alternative Qualifications Project. Following this Hayley Dalton, Pearson, presented on the University of Exeter’s research project findings on the experience and transition from BTEC into degree programmes. Jamie Gillooly, NewVIc, presented on the computer science partnership between NewVIc and London South Bank University. The event concluded with Andrew Jones, Linking London, presentation to the group with comparative research on BTEC entry requirements for 2016/17 and 2017/18.

The first BTEC Practitioner Group Meeting of this academic year was held on the 15th November and was well represented, with 17 FE and HE partners present. After a warm welcome from Andrew Jones, Deputy Director of Linking London, delegates received an update on the current BTEC developments and information on the introduction of T Levels from David MacKay, Head of Awarding Body Stakeholder Engagement for Pearson UK. David shared information on the BTEC results for both Level 2 & 3 students as well as information on retention rates and popular BTEC courses. In addition to this, David presented on the new T Level technical routes and information concerning the implementation timeline.

Partners then heard from Betty Anyika, Project Manager for the University of Sheffield on the Alternative Qualifications Project, where she shared information on what the University is doing to support BTEC students on their transition from further education to higher education.

This was followed by a roundtable partner update where partners shared information on entry requirements, outreach offers, and college partners discussed the challenges and opportunities of offering the new and old BTEC specification this academic year, as well as sharing information on supporting BTEC students transitioning to Higher Education and new developments.

Shortly after this, Hayley Dalton, Head of Vocational Research at Pearson UK presented on the University of Exeter’s research project findings which looked at learners’ access to and experience of the transition from BTEC into degree programmes, how the knowledge and skills achieved through the BTEC qualification enabled, or otherwise affected, their degree level learning and what the nature of learners’ progression routes from BTEC, through university and into the workplace was.

Following this, Jamie Gillooly, Programme Manager for Computer Science and IT and Senior Tutor Vocational Education at NewVIc, presented on the computer science partnership between NewVIc and London South Bank University which involved NewVIc Computer Science students being taught by academics at London South Bank University for one of their BTEC units.

Partners then heard from Andrew Jones, Deputy Director at Linking London, who provided an update on his research into the entry requirements of a sample of London-based HEIs for 2017/18 entry. Andrew compared figures to the entry requirements for 2016/17.

The meeting closed with Andrew reminding the group of current Linking London publications.

The next BTEC meeting of the next academic year will take place on 20 February 2018, 2-5pm.

Presentations and meeting note

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