Results and certification Post-results services

BTEC Firsts, Nationals and Higher Nationals

If you're not happy with your BTEC results, there are several options available to you. Find out about our review of marking service and how to get a copy of your exam paper, and read the answers to FAQs about post-results services.

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Select from the tabs below to find out more about how to:

  • get the marking of your work reviewed
  • get a copy of your marked work

Post-results services for our BTEC Firsts (NQF) and BTEC Nationals (NQF) by subject

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Can I get the marking of my exam paper checked?

Yes. Quality assurance procedures are in place throughout every stage of the exam cycle, but if you're concerned that your grade is wrong, you can ask us to perform additional checks.

If you'd like to request one of our 'Enquiries about results' (EAR) services, you'll need to speak to the exams officer at your school or college, who will ask us to review the marking of your question paper on your behalf.

When will I get the result?

The table below shows when you can expect an outcome. For information about deadlines and fees, see:

Post-results key dates

Post-results fees

Service How long will it take?
Priority review of marking (EAR2P)
(Level 3 only)
Up to 15 days
Review of marking (EAR2) Up to 20 days
Clerical check (EAR1)
Up to 10 days

Before deciding to request a review of marking you should speak to your teacher. They may have additional information on how you performed during your assessment and be able to provide you with guidance.

The majority of review of marking requests do not result in a change to a grade, simply because the review of marking has shown that the original grade was accurate. However, it is possible that your grade could go up, go down or stay the same.

If your grade goes down, you cannot reject the review of marking and go back to the original grade. The only way to improve your grade would be to resit the exam.

The marking of your question paper will be reviewed by a senior examiner, who will check your answers against the mark scheme. This senior examiner won’t have marked your paper before. Once the marking of your paper has been reviewed, we'll do a clerical check to make sure that:

  • everything you've written has been marked
  • all of the marks have been added up to give the correct total mark
  • we’ve entered your total mark correctly on our systems
  • any special consideration has been taken into account (if it was applied for before the exam).

You can request that we only perform the clerical check. This will cost less than having a full review of marking.

If your exam paper was marked using our onscreen marking platform, your work will be sent electronically to a senior examiner as soon as your school or college makes a request.

The senior examiner is able to review the marking of the exam paper online and, as soon as they submit their mark, your school or college will be notified of the outcome.

We aim to have the result of your review of marking back to you within 30 days.

We understand that when you have a place at university or further education college that is dependent on your Level 3 results, you need to know the outcome faster. That's why in August we also offer a priority review of marking service where we aim to have the result back to you within 18 days. This service is not available to students studying at Levels 1 or 2.

We don't refund students or parents directly but you may be able to request a refund from your school or college if the outcome of your review of marking results in a change in your overall grade.

The refund policy for marking reviews is agreed jointly by the major UK awarding organisations.

If you're still not satisfied with the outcome of your review of marking, you can ask your centre to appeal on your behalf. Appeals do not normally involve reviewing your work again, but this will happen if there is evidence that the correct procedure wasn’t followed during the original review of marking.

Your centre has 30 calendar days after receiving the outcome of your review of marking to appeal. We can't process appeal requests after this deadline.

Find out more about appeals

Can I get my internally assessed assignments re-marked?

All of our approved schools, colleges and training providers are required to have an internal appeals process which sets out what you need to do if you disagree with a mark you’ve been issued by your teacher or tutor and the steps they will take to address your concerns or justify their marking.

Can I see my answers/get a copy of my marked exam paper?

Due to the nature of onscreen, on-demand assessments, we can only provide copies of marked exam papers for timetabled, paper-based exams.

Understanding onscreen, on-demand test results

The exams officer at your school or college will be able to ask us to return your marked exam paper on your behalf. This service is sometimes called an ‘Access to Script’ request. 

Important dates and fees (UK)

Your school or college may ask you to pay for these services before they submit your application. The table below shows the amount we charge to process each type of request, the deadline for applications and when you can expect to receive your paper.

Your marked question paper will indicate the number of marks you received for each question but may not show much more detail, such as which part of your answer was awarded credit. Our examiners don't usually annotate question papers while marking.

You'll need to speak to your teacher in order to get a copy of the mark scheme or for additional help interpreting where you've been awarded marks.

Yes, provided that:

  • you aren’t requesting a priority review of marking for your question paper (BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Children's Play, Learning and Development only)
  • you make the request before the priority deadline. You’ll need to submit your request to your school or college pretty quickly, as the deadline for applications is the week after results day.

We can't process any applications once a deadline has passed. If you request a copy of your exam paper after the priority deadline, you won't receive it until after the deadline to submit review of marking requests.

Yes. Ask the exams officer at your school or college to request this service at the same time as submitting your review of marking request.

Can I get my internally assessed assignments back?

Yes. Once we've issued your certificate you can ask for your school, college or training provider to return any internally assessed work.

Can I resit an externally assessed unit?

Yes but you can only resit the externally assessed unit for BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Children's Play, Learning and Development up to twice after the initial assessment. 

More information on resits for BTEC (NQF) programmes

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