Find out more about your BTEC First, National and Higher National assessment and results, and read the answers to some frequently asked questions.
How are BTECs marked and graded?
Our BTEC qualifications are made up of units and you complete assignments and tests to link theory work with practical exercises.
All of our BTEC Firsts, Nationals and Higher Nationals contain some internal assessment where assignments are set and marked by your teacher, tutor or training provider.
Internally assessed assignments are set and marked by your teacher, tutor or training provider. We then verify the marks are correct, through a sampling process called standards verification.
Standards verification is necessary to make sure that all students have their assignments assessed according to the national standard. Most of the time, we will approve and accept the marks you've been given and issue certificates when you complete the course.
However, if we find that work hasn't been marked in line with our expectations, your school, college or training provider may need to adjust your marks or ask you to complete additional work before we'll issue a certificate.
The grade you can achieve for each unit depends on the BTEC qualification you're completing. The table below shows the possible unit grades from highest to lowest.
|BTEC Level 1/2 Firsts||BTEC Level 3 Nationals (teaching from 2014)
BTEC (QCF) qualifications
|Level 2 Distinction (D)||Distinction (D)|
|Level 2 Merit (M)||Merit (M)|
|Level 2 Pass (P)||Pass (P)|
|Level 1 Pass (L1)||Near Pass (N)|
If the work you produce doesn’t meet the grading criteria for the lowest passing grade available for your qualification (L1 or N), you will be awarded a U, which means ’unclassified’.
How do you calculate my overall grade?
Once you have completed your BTEC, all of your unit grades are converted into a points score, which are added together to calculate your overall grade.
When will you send my results to UCAS?
We start sending results to UCAS in July and continue to keep UCAS updated. For the BTEC Nationals from 2016, if you have achieved the required grades needed to get an overall qualification grade and you have made an application for a University place via UCAS, we will share your result with them in advance of results day. This happens in the same way that A level results are shared with UCAS.
If you've received your certificate but UCAS doesn't yet have your results, please speak to the exams officer or administrator at your school, college or training provider. They'll be able to get in touch with their Pearson account specialist to resolve any issues preventing your results from being passed on.