Moderation and Internal Assessment for BTEC Tech Awards from 2022.

This page provides guidelines on marking internally assessed work for the Pearson set assignments and explains how the moderation process works for the BTEC Tech Awards from 2022.

Overview of the Tech Award 2022 Moderation process for internally assessed components of BTEC Tech Award 2022: 

Step-by-step guide

You mark the internally assessed work for every learner.

Guidance on the Applying the Mark scheme.

Centres must complete an Assessment Record form for the cohort or learners as part of the quality assurance process. The template can be found on the BTEC Forms and Guides page.

Please note there is a form specific to Art and Design practice which can be found here.

A video providing information on how to complete the template can be viewed here.

Following all internal marking, you must submit your marks on Edexcel Online by the mark submission deadline. Steps to completing this action can be found here.

Please note EDI files cannot be submitted for mark submission.

Once your sample has been selected, please submit this sample of learners on Learner Work Transfer (LWT). Guide for how to do this can be found here.

Our trained moderators will review a sample of candidates' work to check the accuracy and consistency of your centre assessment. 

Once the moderator has reviewed the sample, they will provide feedback to the Programme Lead.

Following Moderator feedback, if any discrepancies are identified, you will have the opportunity to amend your initial marks if you wish to. This is optional.

Guidance on amending your submitted marks can be found here.

The final results are released to your centre on results day along with the final Moderator Report which will explain where it may have been necessary to adjust your centre’s marks and provide guidance for future assessment.

If you are unhappy with the results, you may request a Review of Moderation (RoM Service 3). You can find details of this service on our Post Results Page.

Marking internally assessed work

Internally assessed work must be marked in accordance with the assessment criteria stated in the specification and the guide on how to apply the mark scheme.

Annotation of learner evidence - It is good practice to make annotations on learner work during feedback. Annotation helps learners, Assessors, Internal Quality Assurers and Moderators identify where evidence towards specific mark band descriptors can be found. However, the annotations must purely highlight where learner evidence contributes to the achievement of a specific mark band descriptor. The annotations themselves do not confirm that learner work fully meets the requirements of a specific mark band descriptor, or mark band; they are merely indicators as to where evidence can be found.

You must retain the learner work until after the closing date for Enquiries About Results.

Moderator feedback

Feedback will be provided to the Programme Lead and where necessary centres can review their marks and submit amendments on Edexcel Online. You are not required to make mark adjustments based on moderator feedback. This is a service available to centres which allows them to apply feedback by reviewing the marks immediately. If you choose not to amend marks, the Pearson system will apply necessary adjustments.  The final report and the final marks will be published on Edexcel Online on Results day. For more information, see the Moderator reports page

Moderation of Internal Components and Mark Adjustments

This document provides information about the moderation process for the centre- assessed components, explaining how sampling works, and how the final marks for each learner in the cohort are determined. 

Understanding BTEC Tech Awards 2022 Results 

When you receive results for each internally assessed component, you will see a 'Grade' and a 'Uniform Mark Scale (UMS) mark total'. The UMS to Grade mapping is fixed and you can find it in the specification in the section 'Calculation of the qualification grade'.

The UMS is used to convert learners’ component ‘raw’ marks into uniform marks in order to standardise marks from one series to another. This is because raw mark grade boundaries may change from series to series to take into account variations in the difficulty of assessments. We set new grade boundaries each time a new exam or assessment is completed. They indicate the minimum number of raw marks learners need to achieve to get a particular grade.   
For example, a learner who achieves a Level 2 Pass in a component one series will receive the same uniform mark as a learner achieving that same component grade the following series, regardless of their raw marks, as the UMS grade boundaries stay the same from series to series.

Raw mark to UMS mapping

The webtool here can be used to see how a PSA Raw mark is mapped to the UMS marks that are used for certification. Each Session (PSA) has a table that shows how a Raw mark would be translated to the UMS mark found in the results.