Linking London | News | 22 May 2018: Event report - BTEC Practitioner Group Meeting

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BTEC Practitioner Group Meeting

The meeting featured presentations from David MacKay, Head of Stakeholder Relationships (HE), Pearson UK, on BTEC developments, Katie Osmon, Transition Project Manager, Brunel University London, on their recent BTEC Symposium, and Andrew Jones, Deputy Director, Linking London on the 2019 entry requirements for BTEC applicants.

The third and last BTEC Practitioner Group Meeting of this academic year was held on the 22 May and was well represented, with over 20 FE and HE partners present.

After a quick game of Match Up! (an IAG card game devised by Linking London in collaboration with unionlearn), the meeting kicked off with a presentation from David MacKay who provided an update on the BTEC National qualification developments, including changes to unit and qualification grading in the BTEC Nationals, and shared key information from the University of Sheffield Alternative Qualifications Project and the University of Exeter/Pearson Project on ‘understanding the university learning experience of BTEC students’.

This was followed by a roundtable partner update where partners shared information on entry requirements and 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.

After a short networking break, the group heard from Katie Osmon who shared the key highlights from the Brunel Supporting BTEC Students’ Success Symposium. Brunel held an insightful conference for FE, HE and stakeholders involved in supporting BTEC students on 30 April which was very well attended. If you would like to view the presentations from the day, including the keynote presentation by Hugh Joslin on the research Linking London commissioned the University of Greenwich to undertake on the journey of college learners, please click here.

Andrew Jones then shared the latest Linking London 2019 BTEC entry requirements mapping and analysis with the group. Following this, the group shared their thoughts on the updated draft Linking London HE Admissions Good Practice Guide for BTEC Applicants.

The meeting closed with an interactive session on the priorities for the BTEC group during the next academic year, including key issues for the group and Linking London to address in the context of BTEC learner progression into and through HE.

The first BTEC meeting of the next academic year will take place in October/November – date and room TBC.

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, then please email


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