BTEC Firsts results day 2014

13 August 2014

It's results day for BTEC Firsts in Performing Arts. Unit 1 Individual Showcase external assessment was awarded in June. This update provides you with support and guidance for your results.

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I have just received my learners' results and I am unhappy with them. What can I do?

You can:

  • Re-enter your learners for the unit in the 2014/2015 academic year
  • Request a clerical review (EAR1)
  • Request a re-mark (EAR2).

Enquiries About Results

Enquiries About Results (EAR) and requests for copies of the Examiner Mark Sheet can only be submitted via Edexcel Online. You will need to ensure that you have applied for a post-results service by 20 September 2014, as applications submitted after this date will not be accepted.

The below post-results services are available to you.


Post-results service 1 is a clerical check, with an SLA of 20 days after the request has been acknowledged. This service costs £10.30 per learner.

This service constitutes a check of all clerical procedures that lead to the issue of a result. This service might be considered when anomalous results have been issued for one learner, compared with the rest of the cohort.

This service includes a check on the following:

  • all parts of the test have been marked
  • the totalling of marks
  • the recording of marks
  • the application of any adjustments
  • the application of grade thresholds.


Post-results service 2 is a re-mark of the task, with an SLA of 30 days after the request has been acknowledged. This service costs £27.

This service will include:

• a clerical re-check (EAR1)
• a review of marking of the components of the exam by a senior examiner.

An application for an Enquiry About Results (EAR) will only be accepted if a recording of the performance was supplied to the examiner.

The EAR request will be cancelled, and closed, if a recording of the performance was not supplied to the original examiner.

You can also request a copy of the examiner mark sheet (Learner Record Sheet) in lieu of ATS. This gives you a breakdown of the total mark between the 3 marking grids. It does not provide annotations/comments from the examiner.

A photocopy of the examiner notes sheet is available for a fee of £2.50.

When can the learners resit unit 1 for NQF BTEC First Award in Performing Arts?

The next assessment for Unit 1 NQF BTEC First in Performing Arts will be May 2015; learners will be required to use the new externally set task, which will be released in September.

How many times can they resit?

At the moment you can resit an external unit as many times as you wish. However, Ofqual are closely monitoring this, and the situation may change in the future.

I want my students to re-sit unit 1; how do I this if I have claimed certification?

Where a certification claim has been made for a next generation NQF BTEC qualification, but the learner wants to resit an externally assessed unit to improve their grade, you firstly need to decline their overall qualification grade. You may decline the grade before the certificate is issued; for a learner receiving their results in August, you should decline the grade by emailing the request to before the end of September if the learner intends to resit an external assessment.

After certification, learners who want to reject the grade(s) achieved must make a request to decline the grade(s) through their centre. These requests need to be made within five weeks of the certification issue date. You'll need to return all certification documentation to us, along with a covering letter explaining why the grade(s) should be declined.

We'll process all requests that we receive within five weeks of the certification issue date free of charge. If you make a request after that, we can only accept it while the learner registration and programme approval is still valid and we will charge a duplicate certificate fee.

How much does it cost?

From September 2014, the cost of a resit for the NQF BTEC First in Performing Arts externally assessed unit will be £14.10.

What support is available to me?

The Lead Examiner report will be available on the qualification page on results day.

There will be training events in the autumn term; you can view them here.

To allow time for Enquiries About Results services for the externally assessed components of the qualification, certificates will be sent at the same time as GCE/GCSE certificates to arrive in centres before 31 October.

I hope you have found this update useful. Should you wish to discuss this or anything else further, please feel free to contact me.

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