If you are studying a BTEC that does not have a licence to practise element, then we will calculate your result in the same way as other BTEC qualifications.
If you are studying a BTEC that does have a licence to practise element, then you will need to complete the mandatory internal units and demonstrate a minimum level of competency during the work placement, as outlined in this guide. This is on account of the purpose of these qualifications, which is to qualify you to work with children. It is not necessary to complete the minimum number of hours this summer, due to the impact of Covid-19 and the lockdown. We will calculate the results for any incomplete optional units or external units, using information that your school/college provides us with (including actual and centre assessment grades, rank order details).
This qualification is endorsed by CIMSPA, and we have been working closely with them to determine the best ways to support you. We will calculate your result in the same way as other BTEC qualifications, including units with the professional standards embedded (Units 13, 14, 15 and 16). However, you will not be eligible to gain CIMSPA membership until you can evidence satisfactory competence levels in the specified units and we can verify this.
We have been working very closely with all affected schools/colleges to ensure quality checks are complete in time for you to gain a full qualification and be eligible to gain CIMSPA membership.
These qualifications are endorsed by the General Dental Council. Unfortunately, due to the competency-based nature of these qualifications, it is not possible to calculate results. Instead you will need to complete all the mandatory units and be available to meet with our Standards Verifier in autumn 2020. This means assessment for these qualifications is delayed, as it is not possible to adapt assessment or calculate results. We did explore other options with stakeholders and have had to take this step as the last resort.
Due to the competency-based nature of these qualifications, we cannot calculate the results, so the assessment for these qualifications has been adapted. We are working with affected schools/colleges to conduct the necessary quality checks to help ensure you have evidenced satisfactory competence levels, so you can certificate this summer.
We have asked teachers/tutors at your school/college to provide us with:
actual grades for completed internal BTEC units that you completed
‘Centre Assessment Grades’ for internal BTEC units that you were not able to complete, based on available evidence and what your teachers/tutors felt you most likely would have achieved under normal circumstances
a rank order of all learners on your BTEC course, based on what your teachers/tutors felt you would most likely achieve at qualification level, under normal circumstances.
Your teachers/tutors will base their decisions on a range of evidence, including any relevant assignments you have completed, any prior exam or mock results, and your performance during the course. The information they submit to us will be checked beforehand by other teachers/tutors in your school/college and signed off by the Head of School/College.
We will check and review that information alongside other evidence we have, including historical performance at your school/college and the results for these assessments in prior years to make sure it is comparable. As a result of this review, which we refer to as a ‘statistical standardisation’, we may need to adjust grades up/down. This will determine your final unit and/or qualification grade(s), which might not be the same as the one(s) your teacher/tutor provided.
For those of you due to have sat an exam/external assessment between 20 March and 31 July 2020, we will also use this information to help us calculate the grade(s) for that. We will also consider any of your previous results for sitting these exam/external assessment(s) and any potential resit improvement, together with information about the different relationships between the different components.
For those of you due to complete the BTEC course this summer, we will then add the points for these different unit grades to calculate your overall qualification grade.
We have created this infographic to help explain the process for graded BTEC qualifications. For BTEC pass only qualifications, we are validating the pass rate using several sources of evidence and conducting quality checks in order to calculate results.
Please note the process for childcare-related (Levels 1-3), fitness services (Level 3), hospitality services (Levels 2-3), and dental technology (Level 3) BTEC qualifications is different, and detailed in the relevant FAQs above.
Where we may have less information for a particular school/college, because for example they are small in terms of learner numbers or relatively new to BTEC, we will look at other sources of information, such as how similar schools/colleges have performed and patterns in fluctuations for small schools/colleges.
We will also conduct quality assurance checks to ensure the results are reliable and valid.
No, please do not ask to see this information before results day. We need to carry out checks and statistical standardisation of grades submitted to us, so may need to adjust them up/down before they can be issued.
For those of taking a BTEC with no exams/external assessments, qualification results will be issued on a rolling basis from late July to early August. We will notify your school/college when it is available. For those of you taking a BTEC with an exam/external assessment, you will find out your final qualification result on results day, which is the same day as A Level and GCSE results days this year:
13 August 2020 – Level 3 BTEC Nationals and Level 3 Technicals
20 August 2020 – Level 1/2 BTEC Firsts/Tech Awards and Level 2 BTEC Technicals.
If you have already completed at least 25% of the internal units (including at least one mandatory unit) and your school/college has provided us with the information required, we will be able to calculate your unit results for the first year and be able to issue them this summer.
If you have not yet completed at least 25% of the internal units (jncluding at least one mandatory unit), we will be able to calculate results for assessments due to be sat between 20 March and 31 July after you have completed the rest of the course. This is to ensure we have enough evidence to able to calculate results. This is what we refer to as a ‘deferred calculated result’.
Please note that the minimum evidence requirements differ by each qualification suite and size of qualification. You can see further information for your BTEC qualification(s) in Appendix B.
If you think there has been a mistake with your calculated result, you should contact your school/college as soon as possible. They will be able to check whether there was an administrative error in any of the data they submitted to us.
If there was an error, they will be able to make an appeal application, with your consent, to have the error corrected.
If your school/college hasn't made an error, they will be able to support you to understand why your result was correct, or, they can submit an appeal with your consent, if it looks like we may have made an error in calculating your result.
We will review the appeal to check that the process was applied correctly, and the result provided for you was correct. If we find that we have not applied our process correctly, we will rectify our error and recalculate your result (which could go up or down). We will let your school/college know what we have done and the outcome of the appeal, including any amendment to your result. They will be able to share the information with you and support you to progress through the appeals process, as required.
We will be providing further information on how to appeal to schools and colleges in the next few weeks, so they know how to apply; the basis on which an appeal can be made; how long we will take to process an appeal at each stage and any associated costs.
In considering whether you wish to appeal, it will be important to remember that appeals will address situations where the process used to calculate results has not been applied properly, consistently or fairly. We won't be able to accept appeals on the basis that you disagree with your teacher/tutor’s professional judgement about your centre assessment grade(s) and/or place in the rank order.
For learners completing this summer, it unfortunately will not be possible for you to resubmit assignments for internal units, where results have been calculated. This is because you would have completed the course and been issued with certification. For learners continuing their BTEC studies into the second year in September 2020, it will be possible for you to submit/resubmit assignments, for internal units, where results have been calculated.
Learners getting a ‘deferred calculated result’ should consult with their tutor(s) about whether and when to enter for exams/external assessments in 2020/2021.
As the summer’s calculated results will not be available until you complete the rest of the course, you will need to consider other factors to inform your decision about entering (e.g. amount of other assessment that you need to complete, your readiness for external assessment, likely grade your teacher/tutor thinks you would have been given and their confidence level in that).
We are currently reviewing the impact of Covid-19 and potential social distancing methods on your BTEC studies in 2020/21, including the potential effect on curriculum and assessment.
We will be working with Ofqual, the DfE, other Awarding Organisations and stakeholders to ensure there is a solution in place to ensure you and your school/college are appropriately supported. Ofqual have outlined theprinciples underlying their approach here.
We are in the process of creating support and guidance over the next few weeks for your teachers/tutors on ways of following social distancing, whilst teaching and learning your BTEC subject. They will be able to share this information with you, once it is available.
We recommend that you contact your preferred college/employer in the first instance, even if you have not met their offer, as they may still decide to accept you, especially if you have narrowly missed the original offer.
We recommend that you contact your preferred university in the first instance, even if you have not met their offer, as they may still decide to accept you.
This open letter to learners like you by UCAS and Universities UK will reassure you about the flexible approach they will be taking this year to support you. Just like in other years, it will be possible to apply for another course/university through Clearing up to 20 October via the UCAS website. Their website contains invaluable information on the Clearing process.
UCAS are also putting on an additional service this year, specifically to support learners like you, called Clearing Plus. If you are unplaced, or have started a new application, they will match you to 50 different courses. You can then express an interest in one or more that you are interested in, and then if you meet the entry requirements, that university may get in touch with you.
If you did not meet the offer, because you failed one or more of the external units, you could contact us via your school/college as one of the following may be possible:
You may be eligible to be certificated on a smaller size of BTEC Level 3 National instead, and that may be sufficient to secure a university place on some degree programmes.
We may be able to liaise with the preferred university on your behalf.