Publication of BTEC Results Data 2022/23 | Pearson qualifications

Publication of BTEC Results Data for 2022 23

31 October 2023

Today we are publishing 2022/23 national results data for Level 2 and Level 3 BTEC qualifications, showing registration and results data for three main qualification suites.

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Level 1/2 – Level 2 BTEC Firsts (NQF) and Level 1/2 BTEC Tech Awards - these qualifications are delivered in schools and colleges alongside GCSEs:

Level 1/2 – Level 2 BTEC Firsts (NQF)

Level 1/2 BTEC Tech Awards

Level 3 – BTEC Nationals (2016 RQF) - this qualification is delivered in schools and colleges alongside or instead of A levels or other 16-19 qualifications, including to adult learners. 

Level 3 – BTEC Nationals (2016 RQF)

This data is published annually each autumn, when the majority of students expecting to complete their BTEC this year have finished their course.

BTECs are rigorous, future-focused, and globally recognised qualifications that equip learners of all ages with the knowledge, skills, behaviours, and confidence to succeed in a modern, skills-based economy. Students who have achieved their BTEC in 2023 are many of the future healthcare professionals, engineers and construction workers who are vital to the UK’s economy.  Around 50 per cent of Level 3 BTEC graduates will continue into Higher Education in the UK with the rest going into employment, an apprenticeship or further study.   
Headlines from this year’s results show:  
Level 1/2 BTEC Tech Awards 

Health & Social Care and Enterprise are the most popular subjects. 
In line with this academic year being a return to pre-pandemic standards, outcomes for the Level 2 Tech Awards have seen a slight decrease across many of the grades from 2021/22. 
Level 3 BTEC Nationals (2016 RQF)  

Subjects such as Health and Social Care and Applied Science continue to feature amongst the most popular courses at Level 3. 

Overall outcomes have generally returned to pre-pandemic standards and therefore are lower than 2022 in courses typically delivered over two years. Courses delivered over 1 year had returned to pre-pandemic standards last year.   
The BTEC L3 Nationals have continued their transition from the legacy QCF qualifications to the RQF qualifications. This means that even though the approach to grading in 2023 may be similar to 2019, the pattern of grades achieved may look different from 2019. As this year has seen significant changes in cohort make-up and size, comparisons can’t be made to previous years.

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Along with A levels and GCSEs, vocational qualifications returned to the pre-pandemic assessment and grading processs. We have delivered our primary aim in our approach to grading, following DfE and Ofqual direction, ensuring fairness for BTEC learners when compared to their peers.   
Students should be very proud of their results this year. We want to thank every teacher, tutor, lecturer, school and college leader and parents and carers, for the incredible effort they have made to support students achieving the grades they have worked so hard for. 


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