Following Ofqual’s announcement that A Level and GCSE students are to receive centre assessment grades, we will now be applying the same principles for students receiving BTECs this summer. This means we will be regrading the following BTECs - BTEC Level 3 Nationals (2010 QCF and 2016 RQF), BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Awards, BTEC Level 2 Technicals and BTEC Level 1/2 Firsts.
Our priorities are to deliver fair outcomes for BTEC students in relation to A Levels and GCSEs and to ensure that no student is disadvantaged. So, in light of Ofqual’s announcement, we decided to review our approach for BTEC students and have taken on board feedback from teachers, schools and colleges before making a number of changes.
As a result, we have decided to apply Ofqual’s principles for students receiving BTECs, which means we will now be regrading the following BTECs awarded this summer - BTEC Level 3 Nationals (2010 QCF and 2016 RQF), BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Awards, BTEC Level 2 Technicals and BTEC Level 1/2 Firsts.
We are working urgently with schools and colleges to reissue grades. We will focus on removing Pearson calculated grades and allowing higher outcomes for the externally examined units so they are in line with those units assessed by teachers. We will also be reviewing where adjustments have been made downwards on internal units.
We are now able to confirm that we will be issuing BTEC results to schools/colleges on a rolling basis from:
Tuesday 25 August 2020 for BTEC Level 3 Nationals
Thursday 27 August 2020 for BTEC Level 1/2 Firsts, BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Awards, BTEC Level 2 Technicals.
All eligible learners will receive their results by Friday 28 August 2020, with the priority on issuing the Level 3 results. Results will be processed through September, like in previous years.
We want to reassure you that no grades will go down as part of this review. Please accept our sincerest apologies.
BTECs are modular and flexible, this means that units can be combined in different ways to achieve qualifications. To be eligible for a qualification outcome, BTEC students need the correct combination of unit grades. Some BTEC qualifications are made up of two units, and some are made up of more than ten. For internally assessed units (those marked by teachers and tutors) these unit grades are reported to us by the Centre. For externally assessed units (exams or on-demand tests), Pearson provides these grades. As exams could not take place this summer, Pearson is calculating exam results. For a qualification to be eligible, all relevant units must be in our systems, which will then calculate the overall qualification grade. Where units are missing, either internally or externally assessed units, the qualification grade cannot be awarded, and these are referred to as 'not eligible'.
All external assessments in BTEC Nationals/Firsts/Tech Awards/Technical qualifications will be reviewed to ensure BTEC students are treated fairly and in line with the approach now being used for GCSE and A Levels. Calculated grades for external assessments for BTEC students in the first year of a two-year course will be subject to same review.
Level 3 BTEC National results will start being released from Tuesday 25 August. All eligible learners will receive their results by Friday 28 August 2020, with the priority on issuing the Level 3 results. Results will be processed through September, like in previous years.
You will only receive one result which will be your final reviewed result. Please be assured that your grade will not go down as part of this review.
No. Your result can only go up as part of the review and will not have an impact on your current offer. If you are happy with your university place, you do not need to do anything. You’ll be starting your studies as planned.
If you are happy with your insurance offer you don’t need to do anything. Your result can only go up as part of the review and will not have an impact on your offer.
If your grade goes up as a result of the review, you will not automatically be confirmed at your original firm choice. If you want to return to your original firm choice you will need to contact the university or college. They will be able to discuss your options and advise you on how to change your choice. We are also happy to support you by contacting universities and colleges on your behalf. Please let your school or college know if you would like us to do this for you.
If you want to return to your original firm or insurance choice you will need to contact the university or school/college. They will be able to discuss your options and advise you on how to change your choice. We are also happy to support you by contacting universities and colleges on your behalf. Please let us know if you would like us to do this for you.
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.
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.
Further information on how to appeal is on our website; detailing 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.
On 19 August we confirmed that we would be amending our approach to grading BTEC qualifications for summer 2020. This followed an announcement from Ofqual and feedback from students, teachers, schools and colleges, which raised concerns about fairness, including consistency with the approaches now being used for GCSEs and A levels.
The new approach will work out an average point score across all internal units – units already achieved, and any Centre Assessment Grades submitted this summer, that contribute to the qualification being claimed. This average is weighted to the Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the associated units. This points score will be used to determine an equivalent point score for each of the external unit(s) that were due to be taken this summer, proportionate to the size (GLH) of the unit. These points are contained in the specification for each of the relevant BTEC qualifications on our website.
We hope that all candidates will feel their grades are a fair reflection of the result they would have achieved if they had been able to complete their qualification in the usual way. Where candidates are unhappy with their grade, they should discuss the matter with their centre who will be able to advise on whether it would be appropriate to appeal or not. A centre can only appeal on one or more of the allowed grounds for appeal.
You should contact your centre to discuss. The centre will be able to check that they submitted the Centre Assessment Grades correctly for the internal units, and if they find an administrative error, they can appeal to have it corrected. Where no error has been made, the centre will be able to help you to understand why that grade has been awarded. There is no right to appeal on the basis that you do not agree with the professional judgment of teachers.
Only private candidates for vocational and technical qualifications can appeal directly to the awarding organisation via email@example.com.
In line with the arrangements announced by Ofqual on 17 August 2020 for General Qualifications, your final BTEC unit and qualification grades should not be lower than the grades you were initially issued by us earlier this month.
Therefore, your grade(s) might be higher than the grade(s) your centre submitted on your behalf, where we adjusted upwards based on the statistical model used when results were first issued.
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 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.