We have put together some questions and answers that we hope will help support you as you deliver BTEC qualifications during 2021/22.

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Guidance on Special Consideration for May/June Series*

Special consideration is given to a candidate who has temporarily experienced illness, injury or some other event outside of their control at the time of the assessment. It is applied when the issue or event has had, or is reasonably likely to have had, a material effect on a candidate’s ability to take an assessment or demonstrate his or her normal level of attainment in an assessment.  

It is in the best interests of learners, centre staff and centres that wherever possible, learners’ complete assessments under the appropriate conditions within the normal centre environment. However, in every exam series, there are occasions where a learner is fully prepared to take the assessment but is unavoidably absent through illness or other exceptional expectational circumstances.  

Where a learner is, for reasons outside of their control, unable to sit an assessment in the 2021/2022 academic year, the centre should first consider whether it is possible for the learner to enter for the assessment in the next available sitting. Where this is not possible, or would disadvantage the learner, the centre may apply for special consideration.

Where candidates are not able to sit the exam and the application is accepted, affected learners would have the result for the affected assessment populated by Pearson at the point of certification, as this is when all unit grades have been submitted and quality assured, and a full award claim has been made. When submitting the application for special consideration the centre should explain why the learner was unable to sit the assessment and why entering for the assessment in 2022/2023 would disadvantage the learner.

As in any exam series, special consideration can also be applied in cases where a learner who has taken an assessment has been disadvantaged by the impact of illness, bereavement or other personal circumstance. In these cases, Pearson will review the information provided by the centre and, where appropriate, apply a small percentage uplift (this is called a tariff) to the mark awarded to the learner to reflect the potential disadvantage. Applications can only be accepted where sufficient evidence is provided.  

In 2021/2022 academic year, centres should apply for special consideration in the normal way where they believe that a learner’s performance in an assessment may have been adversely impacted by illness or other personal circumstance on the day of the assessment. The application should be supported by medical or other evidence where appropriate. Further information about the special consideration process can be found in the JCQ Guide to the Special Consideration Process.

We understand that sitting formal assessments can be stressful for some learners, and that this anxiety may be heightened due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19. Performance in the assessment will be considered in the broader national context during the awarding process. Centres should only apply for special consideration on grounds of anxiety where individual learners have been adversely impacted on the day of the assessment as a result of their personal circumstances. Special consideration on grounds of anxiety is normally granted only where the learner is being treated for anxiety, either through medication or counselling, or where the anxiety is related to specific circumstances within the learner’s family or home environment.

If an application has been accepted for a disadvantaged learner, the tariff will be applied before results day.

Candidates will be eligible for special consideration if they have been fully prepared and have covered the whole course but performance in the examination, or in the production of coursework or non-examination assessment, is materially affected by adverse circumstances beyond their control. Further information about eligibility can be found in the JCQ Guide to the Special Consideration Process.

Special consideration must be applied for within 7 days before or 7 days after the exam.  

After the publication of results, late applications will only be accepted in the most exceptional circumstances and must be submitted before the deadline for reviews of results for the respective examination series. A member of the senior leadership team must produce evidence to support a late application. An application for special consideration cannot be submitted after the completion of a review of results.

April series results

We updated centres in Issue 38 of the VQ Bulletin with information from Ofqual on the expected approaches to standards setting in 2022.  Earlier this month, they released a student guide to exams and formal assessments in 2021 to 2022 which explains what is in place to support learners in taking exams and assessments, as well as providing other information about this year’s arrangements. We have also created guidance for students, should they have questions about Pearson’s approach, and we would be grateful if you could share this information with them.  
 
In addition, we have created this guide for centres, which sets out how BTEC qualification grades will be awarded by Pearson in 2021/22.

Our post results services for the BTEC Level 2 Tech Awards will be available as usual, on Learner Results Day, 7th April 2022. You will be able to submit Reviews of marking and moderation' (RoMM) and 'Access to scripts' (ATS) requests as well as Appeals.  

Please use this link to review the services available to you Post-results services | Pearson qualifications.  (The information on this page should be used along with guidance from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ)).  

To find out which service is available for each unit please use our guide.

In addition, as part of our assessment feedback services, ResultsPlus will be available to you and your learners, from Learner Results Day on 7th April for any L1 and L2 assessments they have taken.  ResultsPlus is a free online results analysis tool for teachers and tutors that gives you a detailed breakdown of your students’ performance in Pearson Edexcel exams and BTEC external assessments. You can find more information and how to login here ResultsPlus | Pearson qualifications 

Post Results services for the February series will open from 7th April 2022 and will be available until 5th May 2022.

You can find more information on key dates for Post Results services on our website.

We’d like to clarify that centres must make arrangements to have results embargoed, to relevant centre staff with relevant Edexcel Online access only, to ensure that results are not released to learners until the relevant learner results day.

All BTEC Tech Award learner results will be available to centres via EOL from Wednesday 6th April 2022. These results should not be shared with teachers or other centre staff until the learner results day

Only centres who made their entries via an EDI (2B) file will receive an EDI file containing external assessment results for those learners. EDIFACT and JCQ (7B) EDI files will not be available for centres for the February 2022 series.

Centres can download spreadsheets of results from EOL. A Broadsheet csv can be downloaded from EOL via BTEC > NQF Results Reports. Spreadsheets of unit results can be downloaded from EOL via BTEC > External Assessment > View results by assessment booking.

These documents will be published via gold padlock to Exams Officers only on Wednesday 6th April and more widely accessible on the website, on Thursday 7th April. You can use this information to understand more about how the assessment was received by learners, and to inform future teaching and learning.

Grade boundaries | Pearson qualifications

As part of our assessment feedback services, ResultsPlus will be available for Tech Awards, to you and your learners, from Learner Results Day on 7th April.

ResultsPlus is a free online results analysis tool for teachers that gives you a detailed breakdown of your students’ performance in Pearson Edexcel exams and BTEC external assessments. You can find more information and how to login here ResultsPlus | Pearson qualifications

Internal Assessment in 2021/22

No, this is not possible. Z flags were for assessments due to take place between 1 August 2020 to 31 August 2021 Streamlined assessments are available for assessment in the 2021/22 academic year. 

If a claim was made for a Z-flag + grade and the learner subsequently complete a resubmission (as detailed in our guidance), the original grade and Z-flag will need to be declined before the new streamlined grade can be added. 

Please see our BTEC guidance (PDF | 578KB) for further information on Z flags, UTAGs and streamlined assessments, including how to report these in EOL.

There are two types of adaptations for internal assessment that are available with the purpose of giving time back to teaching and learning. One of these is streamlined unit assessment - where the number of internally assessed units that need to be 
assessed in full is reduced, these could be mandatory or optional, However, please note that streamlined assessment should only be on mandatory units as a last resort for UK centres 

You will only be required to assess one Learning Aim/Outcome from the selected unit. 
The unit(s) must not be synoptic, or units that are required for HE progression and/or 
units linked to HE offers (e.g. maths-related units in Engineering). You can only 
streamline the number of units stated for that qualification, within this guide (PDF | 1.1MB). Streamlining is 
available for many qualifications in the BTEC Nationals (QCF and RQF), BTEC Level 2 
Skills and the BTEC Firsts suites.

For all information relating to approved adaptations to internal assessment please see our website.

Centres should plan to take all assessments in 2021/22 academic year as required.  The option to streamline the number of assessments (indicated in our Streamlined Assessments guidance (PDF | 1.3MB)) is at the centre’s discretion, following reflection on the continued impact of the disruption caused by the pandemic on the learners. 

It is acceptable to have streamlined units in 2021/22 and reduced assessment units in 2020/21. However, streamlined assessment should be used as per our guidance and guiding principles listed, and for units taken between 1 September 2021 and 31 August 2022, whereas reduced assessments was a mitigation used for units planned to be taken during 1 August 2020 - 31 August 2021.

Yes, it is possible for individual learners within a cohort to make use of streamlined assessment through different units, as best fits their individual circumstances.

Please refer to our full guidance (PDF | 401KB) on Streamlined Assessments for 2021/22

Standards Verification

Yes, Lead IVs must register each year to inform us they are still in role and to access materials to undertake annual standardisation with their assessment teams. There is however no requirement to undertake an accreditation test as they may have done in previous years some time ago.

Please refer to our Centre Guide to Quality assurance (PDF | 407KB) and also, our Guide to Standards Verification (PDF | 754KB).

You can also find details here on our online events to support understanding of the SV process

External Assessment in 2021/22

For external assessments in the BTEC Nationals (RQF) and L1/L2 Tech Awards, a single notional point score will need to be awarded for all learners that achieve the same grade.

The notional points score that we will use for the BTEC Nationals (RQF) and L1/L2 Tech Awards external assessment units for the summer 2021 series are shown in the tables below.

BTEC Nationals

  Points June 2021
Grade 90 GLH 120 GLH
D 24 32
M 19 26
P 12 16
N 7 10 
U 0 0
BTEC Tech Awards 
Grade  Points June 2021 
L2 D  45 
L2 M  39 
L2 P  33 
L1 D  27 
L1 M  21 
L1 P  15 

Please see our full guidance (PDF | 401KB) for further details.

All BTEC external assessments for 2021/22 are expected to go ahead

You can find Final timetables for January, February, March and summer 2022 on our website and included in the BTEC External Assessment Overview document, which are available on the Exams Officers and Exam Timetables pages

 

If you have submitted a UTAG for learners but they are entered for a  resit  the best grade will go forward towards certification.

Entries for June 2022 session opened on Friday 12 November 2021 for BTEC Firsts, BTEC Nationals, Level 2 Technicals and Tech Awards. The deadline to make entries is 24 March 2022, unless you are awaiting a result from the January/ February or March series. For learners who sat an assessment in January 2022 and are awaiting an external assessment result the entry deadline for these learners is 1 April 2022.  

For learners who sat an assessment in February 2022 and are awaiting an external assessment result the entry deadline is 15 April 2022.

For learners who sat an assessment in March 2022 and are awaiting an external assessment result, the entry deadline is 6 May 2022.

Important note - For instances where learners are completing set tasks and secure materials are held under gold padlock, you will need to have made learner entries to be able to access these materials.

The table below shows that centres will have access to the results on the preceding Wednesday (day before), these results must be embargoed until the following day, in line with how A Level and GCSE results are issued.

We’d like to clarify that centres must make arrangements to have results embargoed, to relevant centre staff with relevant Edexcel Online access only, to ensure that results are not released to learners until the relevant learner results day.

Examination Series Centre Results Day Learner Results Day
January 2022 23/03/2022 24/03/2022
February 2022 06/04/2022 07/04/2022
March 2022 27/04/2022 28/04/2022

We have updated our guidance (PDF | 116KB) to support the continuation of timetabled BTEC assessments from January. and have created this infographic (PDF | 116KB) to guide you in managing absences, in relation to learners taking external assessments. All our support and further information is available from our main Vocational Teaching, Learning and Assessment Support Page.