BTEC Firsts, Tech Awards, Technicals, Nationals and Higher Nationals
On this page, in a series of FAQs, we explain how our BTEC Firsts, Tech Awards, Technicals, Nationals and Higher Nationals have been marked and graded in summer 2020.
Centres provided us with actual grades for completed internal units, Centre Assessment Grades (CAG) for incomplete internal units and rank orders at programme level for graded BTECs this year in the absence of exams.
The rank orders and Centre Assessment Grades contained teachers’ professional judgements of the most likely grades that students would have achieved, had they taken their exams.
We used the statistical model below, developed in line with Ofqual requirements. We reviewed both the information given by the centres and the information on our systems, such as the historical performance and prior attainment data at centre level, as well as other information such as past SV reports, to issue final grades.
This is really important as it makes the process as fair as it can be for everyone by ensuring the same grading standards are applied for all schools and colleges and that grades remain comparable from one year to the next.
Subject experts have identified appropriate cognate units (units from other BTEC qualifications that are similar in content and demand to the new BTEC units), and we have used historical data and value-added relationship for these cognate units to standardise and calculate grades for the new BTEC units.
Centres were asked to make judgements which reflected how students would have performed under ordinary circumstances.
Where special considerations, requirements or adjustments would have been applied for students, centres were able to bear that in mind when making their judgements.
We can correct errors such as misspelled names very quickly but you need to speak to the exams officer at your school or college to request any changes.
These requests must come from someone at your centre as it can be a time-consuming process to identify students who call or email us.
If we can’t identify you, we can’t make changes to confidential information.
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'll have been able to calculate your unit results for the first year and issue them this summer.
If you have not yet completed at least 25% of the internal units (including at least one mandatory unit), we'll be able to calculate results for assessments which were due to be sat between 20 March and 31 July after you have completed the rest of the course. This is to ensure that we have enough evidence to be able to calculate results. This is what we refer to as a ‘deferred calculated result’.
If you are unhappy with your result you should speak to your centre in the first instance. Your centre will check if you are able to appeal.
If you're still unhappy with your result and/or appeal outcome, you'll be able to sit/resit the externally assessed exams and tasks in the next assessment opportunity, which can be found on our timetables support page.