Linking London | News | 17 November 2016: Event Report - Linking London BTEC Practitioner Group Meeting

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Linking London BTEC Practitioner Group Meeting

This meeting featured input from Pearson UK, the University of Greenwich, Birkbeck, University of London and Brunel University London.


The first BTEC Practitioner Group Meeting of the year was held on the 17 November 2016. After a welcome from Andrew Jones, Deputy Director, Linking London, delegates heard from David MacKay, Head of Awarding Body Stakeholder Engagement, Pearson UK. David updated the group on the latest BTEC developments. Highlights included an increase in interest from colleges in Public Services qualifications, with students then progressing onto Higher Education.  David also informed the group that the Government planned to adopt the recommendations in the Sainsbury review. This would mean there would be 15 technical routes, Social Care would be separated from Health, and Sport would fall within the sector of Health and Science.

This was followed by presentation from Hugh Joslin, University of Greenwich, on the latest update of the Linking London data report Progression of college students in London. This is the third report Linking London have commissioned and brings the data up to 2014-15. Hugh told the group that there has been a decline in London college level 3 achievement for all qualifications except for BTEC. He also informed the group that 75% of level 3 London FE college students are classified as living in areas of disadvantage.

Next was the partner roundtable update, where HE partners outlined their differing approaches to BTEC students which often varied greatly from department to department. College partners outlined some of the challenges BTEC students faced when progressing.

Then the meeting heard from Sahar Erfani, Widening Access Manager, Birkbeck, University of London, who provided an overview of the support given for students progressing onto HE. These included prioritising support for BTEC and Access students, who make up a large part of their student body. They have developed specific workshops for BTEC students, as well as offering support finding work placements.

Katie Osmon, Transition Project Manager, Brunel University London then provided an update on Brunel’s transition project, which focussed on the transition into and through HE of students with non-traditional entry qualifications – particularly BTEC.

Finally Andrew informed the group on the recent mapping Linking London had undertaken, looking at BTEC entry requirements within London. He also informed the group about the latest set of publications available to partners.

Presentations and meeting note

To view the presentations and meeting note from the day please click here. This link will take you to the partners' area of the website. You must be a Linking London member to access this section of the website and you will need your login name and password. If you do not know your login name and password please email


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