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BTEC Practitioner Group Meeting

This meeting featured presentations from Pearson UK, Waltham Forest College and Linking London. It focused on the BTEC qualification reforms, the IAG offer for BTEC learners and the progression of BTEC learners onto HE and Higher/Degree apprenticeships.


The second BTEC Practitioner Group Meeting of the Academic Year was held on the 7th February and was well attended, with over 20 partner representatives present. After a warm welcome from Andrew Jones, Deputy Director of Linking London, delegates received an update on the current BTEC developments from David MacKay, Head of Awarding Body Stakeholder Engagement for Pearson UK. David discussed the recent BTEC qualification reforms and the response to the revisions from HEIs around the UK.

A roundtable partner update followed where partners shared information on entry requirements, outreach offers, and college partners discussed the recruitment of BTEC learners for 2016/17 and HE progression. Topics raised included innovative practice in the classroom (introducing lectures to FE), HEI’s current BTEC outreach and the overall drop in progression to HE seen by colleges; BTEC learners appear to be seeking alternatives, like apprenticeships.

After a short break, Vanessa Caines, Team Leader, Information, Advice & Guidance at Waltham Forest College, gave a presentation to attendees on the IAG offer for BTEC learners at the college. The college runs various events and workshops during the year to support BTEC learners for HE transition. For example, the IAG team runs weekly CV drop-in clinics for students and have created a jobs board for students.

Emily Harber, NCOP Programme Coordinator at Linking London, gave a presentation to attendees on the progression of BTEC learners to HE based on the latest data report. The data report tracked 120,652 Level 3 students in London colleges. Some key information from the report:  66% of BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma went onto low tariff universities. The most popular institutions for BTEC learners were Middlesex University, University of Westminster and UEL. 49% of BTEC students achieved a “good degree” (First or 2:1).

Andrew Jones, Deputy Director at Linking London, then presented on the apprenticeships landscape in London, with a particular focus on the development of Higher and Degree level apprenticeships. Linking London have created a spreadsheet to map the current Higher and Degree level apprenticeship vacancies in London, which can be viewed in the partners’ area of the website, under the Apprenticeships tab. Having researched around the vacancies, Andrew informed the group that the requirements for Higher and Degree apprenticeships typically indicate an acceptance of qualifications equivalent to A Levels (BTEC qualifications).

The meeting closed with Andrew updating the group on Linking London’s publications and mapping work, which provided attendees with the chance to request resources. The delegates also had the opportunity to discuss what topics to cover in the next BTEC PGM.

The next meeting will take place on 23 May 2016, 2–5pm.

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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