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News: Update on BTEC qualifications grading

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28/08/2020: Pearson have released an updated statement regarding the regrade process. All Nottingham College students can now access their BTEC results through their E‑ILP.

Instructions on how to do this can be found on our how to collect your exam results page.

Original article from 20/08/2020:

Following Ofqual’s announcement that A Level and GCSE students are to receive Centre Assessment Grades, Pearson (the awarding organisation responsible for BTECs) is reviewing the impact of this on BTEC students. 

This means they will now be reviewing all the following BTECs:

  • BTEC Level 3 Nationals (2010 QCF and 2016 RQF)
  • BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Awards
  • BTEC Level 2 Technicals and 
  • BTEC Level 1/2 Firsts

They are reassuring students that no grades will go down as part of this review. 

They have also asked us not to issue any BTEC Level 1 and Level 2 results today (20th August) as these will be reviewed and where appropriate, regraded. We do not yet know when this will happen but we will tell you more as soon as we know it. 

If you have been invited to an online or face to face enrolment appointment in the next few days please attend and we will do our best to help you. 

BTEC qualification results have been generally consistent with teacher and learner expectations, but they have become concerned about unfairness in relation to what are now significantly higher outcomes for GCSE and A Levels. Although BTEC generally accepted Centre Assessment Grades for internal (i.e. coursework) units, they subsequently calculated the grades for the examined units using historical performance data with a view to maintaining overall outcomes over time. The review will remove these calculated grades and apply consistency across teacher assessed internal grades and examined grades that students were unable to sit. BTEC are working to reissue these grades and we will update you as soon as we possibly can. 

BTEC recognise this will cause you additional uncertainty and are sorry for this. Their priority is to ensure fair outcomes for BTEC students in relation to A Levels and GCSEs and that no BTEC student is disadvantaged. 

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  • 20th August 2020 (7:59 AM)
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