Confirmation of the awarding approach for BTECs

18 August 2020

BTECs are structured very differently to A levels, and so the approach to awarding is also different. They were not subject to the same statistical moderation process as A levels.

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BTECs comprise modular units that students complete and are assessed at regular stages during their course of study, so prior to March 2020, students had already banked graded units for their qualification. As we do every year, this year we asked centres to submit all the grades for the internal assessment units that had been completed as well as any grades for units still to be completed.

These were accepted with very little change following quality assurance checks. They then formed part of the evidence, alongside previously completed assessment unit grades, to award grades for the externally assessed units and the final overall qualification grade.

For the very small number of grades that were adjusted, we will be reviewing them on a case by case basis with centres following the same principles as those announced today.

This is why we have seen very stable outcomes for BTEC and other vocational qualifications. As in every year, students unhappy with their final grade can appeal.

It has been an incredibly difficult time for students, teachers and colleges. Our priority this summer has always been to ensure students are able to progress to the next stage in their lives – whether education or employment.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us

We thank you for your tremendous support, as well as your understanding and patience during this time.

Best wishes

Cindy Rampersaud
Senior Vice-President
BTEC and Apprenticeships

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