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Pearson makes BTEC grading announcement

Thursday 20 August 2020

Pearson announces BTECs will be re-graded in line with A Level and GCSE results

Following Ofqual’s decision that A Level and GCSE students are to receive their Centre Assessment Grades (CAGs), Pearson has today announced it will now be regrading BTEC results.

Pearson is currently reviewing all awarded BTEC grades to ensure no students are disadvantaged compared to the changes announced for GCSE and A Level.

This includes 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.

As a result of this, the College has been asked to not to issue any BTEC Level 1 and Level 2 results today as these will be reviewed and where appropriate, regraded. Level 3 grades which have already been awarded will also be reissued.

Statement from Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice-President BTEC & Apprenticeships at Pearson regrading BTEC qualifications:

“Our priority is always to deliver fair outcomes for BTEC students and to ensure that no student is disadvantaged. Over the past few months, we have worked in collaboration with schools and colleges, other awarding organisations, the Department of Education and our regulator Ofqual to ensure all students receive fair and accurate results.

I’m sure some of you are feeling worried or anxious about the delay to your results so I want to explain why we have taken the decision to review our BTEC grade awards.

Because BTEC results are largely based on modular teacher-assessed projects and assignments, overall grade outcomes have been generally consistent with teacher and learner expectations. However, following Monday’s announcement from Ofqual and feedback from students, teachers, schools and colleges, we became concerned about fairness, including consistency with the approaches now being used for GCSEs and A Levels.

This is why we decided to review our approach to awarding BTEC results this summer and will be reviewing and regrading (where appropriate) the following BTECs:

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

We are working around the clock to provide students with updated results as soon as possible and will share more information as soon as we can, including when students should expect to receive their updated results.

Once again, please accept our sincerest apologies for this disruption and please be reassured that we are doing everything possible to re-issue the results as quickly as possible.”