BTEC Level 2 Sport - Internal assessment FAQs
Below we've provided answers to your frequently asked questions for the BTEC Level 2 Sport qualification.
Resubmissions and the new Internal Assessment rules
Do the changes to internal assessment affect the number of resubmissions or retakes learners can do?
Yes. For new registrations from September 2014 each learner is allowed 1 resubmission of their evidence for each assessment, providing the 3 conditions below have been met:
- the learner has met all the initial deadlines or agreed extensions
- the evidence submitted is authentically the learners own work
- the teacher/tutor judges the learner will be able to provide improved evidence without further guidance.
The LIV may authorise 1 opportunity to resubmit evidence for each assignment.
Retakes are only available to learners on the QCF BTEC Nationals in Sport who have not achieved all the Pass criteria in an assignment. A learner may have a retake opportunity providing the learner has met the '3 conditions' for resubmission of evidence and the LIV believes it is appropriate and fair to do so.
If I top up to a larger qualification, will the grades achieved in the completed units contribute to the larger qualification automatically or do students have the opportunity to improve grades?
After you've made a top-up registration for your learner, the achievement of the certificated units will be imported into your records on Edexcel Online. There is no opportunity to retake the assessments in the internally assessed units via a top-up registration so the imported grades are final. It is possible for a learner to retake externally assessed units
How do I contact my SV?
All Standards Verifiers are standardised early in the autumn term and we allocate Standards Verifiers from November 2014, though allocation may take place at other points in the year (e.g. for programmes starting later in the year). Your SV will contact you and discuss your assessment plan and use this to select the learners to be sampled. The date for selecting learners to be sampled will be agreed with the SV.
What does NYFS (Not Yet Fully Sampled) mean?
This allows Standards Verifiers to support you as early as possible in your delivery, even if you are not yet ready to provide a full sample or do not yet need to release certification.
If a Standards Verifier is not able to see the full sample that we require and you do not wish to certificate learners in the current academic year:
- The Standards Verifier will begin the process by sampling those parts of the sample that are available. This could mean fewer than the required amount of samples, or just assignment briefs, depending on what is available.
- A Standards Verifier report based on an incomplete sample does not release certification but will change the report status to NYFS meaning that the programme is not yet fully sampled.
- Once you are in receipt of an NYFS report, the process of standards verification is complete for the year.
- If the report also shows that essential actions are required then these must be done in a timely fashion. However, as a full sampling outcome cannot be given, they can only be verified after first sampling has been completed the following year.
How do we get from NYFS to a completed sample?
We will endeavour to allocate the same Standards Verifier in the following year. The Standards Verifier will then complete the first sample that was started in the previous year, in order to release certification for learners.What do we need to do to resolve a block?
If the first sample blocks certification, a second sample is required. In order to release certification, the second sample must include the elements of the first sample that caused the initial certification block, with evidence to show that the issues have been addressed.
These will be clearly identified in the standards verification report. The Standards Verifier will need to ensure that standards are being reapplied consistently across a programme that is blocked at first sample. Therefore, the Standards Verifier will check:
- that amendments have been made to the original sample of learners
- a further sample of learners to ensure that standards are being correctly applied.
If the second sample blocks certification your centre details are sent to your Principal Standards Manager (PSM) who will visit your centre and agree a plan of what needs to happen before certification can be released.
If my centre block is released, when will this information be passed to UCAS?
We run and send a daily report (Monday-Friday) to UCAS so any changes will be picked up and forwarded to UCAS within 1 working day.
How are the grades calculated?
Calculate grades for the next generation BTEC Firsts Award and Certificate sizes with our new grade calculator.
For BTEC Nationals in Sport, please see Annexe G of the specification.
How do I make a qualification claim?
You can report results electronically through Edexcel Online or on paper by SRF.
In order to issue certificates, results must be reported for every learner who has achieved unit success and also where the learner has withdrawn from the programme.
When will I receive the certificate(s)?
Certificates are issued weekly. Chapter 12 of the Information Manual has a list of dates to indicate when claims must be made in order for certificates to be in centres by a particular date. The time between claim and receipt of certificates is much shorter if you report results electronically via Edexcel Online.
Can the learner still claim after results day?
Yes, there is no final deadline. So long as the registration is still live the claim can be made after Results Day.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further queries.