Understanding marks and grades
Get an overview of how we mark assessments and consistently award grades that fairly reflect a learner's performance.
To ensure that our qualifications continue to receive recognition from employers and education providers, we have to demonstrate that learners of the same ability are awarded the same grade, regardless of when they completed their course. The information below explains how we do this.
The documents below explain the processes we have in place to ensure that learners are awarded the correct mark for externally assessed exams or internally assessed/externally moderated coursework.
There are two main ways that your work can be assessed to award a mark or grade:
This usually applies to controlled assessments, coursework and projects.
Work is marked by schools and colleges. We then sample their assessment decisions to check that they have marked work accurately and consistently, to the standard set by our subject experts and outlined in the specification.
Internally assessed work is sampled through a process called 'standards verification'. Schools and colleges send our Standards Verifier the selection of learner evidence we've requested to review, along with a range of supporting documents.
Most of the time, we will agree with the assessment decisions made by the school or college and agree that certificates can be issued to learners. However, sometimes we find that the evidence provided doesn't meet the requirements of the course, so additional work will need to be completed before we can issue a certificate.
External assessments for BTEC (NQF)
Set tasks for Art and Design
Work is marked by schools and colleges. We then sample their assessment decisions to check that they have marked learner work accurately and consistently, to the standard set by our subject experts and outlined in the specification.
Work is sampled through a process called 'moderation'. School and colleges will send our moderator the selection of learner work we've requested to review. Most of the time, we will approve and accept the school or colleger’s marks unchanged. However, sometimes marks are reduced or raised if we judge that their marking has been too lenient or too harsh.
Paper-based exams, onscreen, on demand tests for and set task for Performing Arts
Paper-based and onscreen, on-demand tests are marked online by a team of trained examiners. The Performing Arts set task is sent to an examiner for marking.