Update on BTEC grade award timings

21 August 2020

Let me start by apologising again for the timing of the update we shared with you on Wednesday about our decision to review BTEC grading for our BTEC Level 1/2, Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications. I know this placed an additional burden on you and your teams at an already very busy time, as well as further worry for your students. Please accept my sincere apologies for this. 

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As I mentioned then, we took this difficult decision in the interests of BTEC learners and to ensure fairness for them following Ofqual’s decision to award centre assessment grades for A levels and GCSEs. 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.

As a reminder, the following BTECs are being reviewed and regraded where appropriate:

  • BTEC Level 3 Nationals (2010 QCF and 2016 RQF)

  • BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Awards  

  • BTEC Level 2 Technicals

  • BTEC Level 1/2 Firsts.

We promised to share an update with you as soon as we could on timings for the release of revised grades and I am now able to confirm that all eligible results will be available by August 28. We are reviewing results at Level 3, including those with UCAS requirements, as an absolute priority and will start releasing those to schools/colleges from August 25.  The results will be available on Edexcel Online. We will send Exams Officers further information about accessing results on Monday 24 August 2020.

As in every year, we need schools and colleges to ensure they have submitted all the necessary internal assessment grades so that we can award final grades for students. If we have incomplete information, we cannot award a result for that learner. Where we believe we have areas for clarification, our teams will continue to work closely with you to collect remaining data and we will do our best to process this as quickly as we can. We understand data will continue to be submitted as students become eligible from now into September, and we will work with you to award grades for those students in the usual way. If you have any queries, please contact our team urgently using our details below.

We appreciate these are very busy times for schools and colleges as you prepare for the return of students and we’re sorry to add to your workload. We also want to thank the many schools and colleges who have been working with us so collaboratively to resolve issues and support students. As always, we appreciate your support, advice and feedback and thank you for bearing with us while we ensure we have the fairest outcomes for learners.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Best Wishes,

Cindy Rampersaud 
Senior Vice-President, BTEC and Apprenticeships

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