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Pearson confirms changes to the grading boundaries of BTEC Level 2 Tech Awards
Updated 20 August 2019: Pearson have today confirmed that they will issue ‘revised grades’ for some students who may have been disadvantaged by missing out on the opportunity to resit exams. Pearson will be contacting all those affected schools and colleges to let them know that they will receive the updated result tomorrow. It has also confirmed that it will be writing to all colleges to inform them about the changes made so that they can take into account students' performance on the individual units when making their decisions.
Pearson has written to centres confirming changes to this year's grading boundaries for BTEC Tech Award qualifications.
Pearson found that, when setting the standard, learners' outcomes were significantly higher than statistical indicators had suggested, such that the qualification grading was more generous than the evidence suggested it should have been, particularly at the Level 2 qualification grades.
As such, Pearson has confirmed that it is applying an immediate change to the grading criteria for BTEC Level 2 Tech Award, to ensure that the qualification remains rigorous and valid for the learners who use it to progress to other areas of learning or into employment.
What does this mean for students?
For some students taking health and social care, engineering or enterprise, they may have only sat the external assessment once in February and, based on knowledge of the original points thresholds, may have decided not to resit in the June session. If you have students in this situation please contact Pearson, and it can explain the options available.
Where students have taken the external assessment for the first time in June, there will be the option for students to resit the assessment (two sittings of the external assessment are permissible). For some of your students, they may have college places at risk, and in light of this change, Pearson has written a letter to students, which is intended to explain the changes that have been made.
You can access the full information from Pearson here.
Pearson confirms the introduction of "near pass" grade for most BTEC nationals
- Pearson has confirmed that it will be introducing an N grade or "near pass" for most BTEC nationals (RQF, teaching from 2016). This means that learners can pass the qualification without passing the external assessment as long as they achieve the N grade and meet all other eligibility requirements, which remain unchanged. Learners will be able to do this if they narrowly miss the pass grade and still achieve enough points throughout the qualification.
- These changes come into effect immediately and retrospectively for all learners who were registered on the new BTEC Nationals (RQF) in 2016 or 2017. Pearson has contacted all centres about this, and it will be in touch with any centres that have learners who were not eligible for an award when they 'claimed' previously, but who are now eligible for a qualification under the new rules.
- Please note that these changes only apply to the externally assessed units, and no changes are being made to grades for internally assessed units. You can find further information about this on Pearson's website.
Key updates from latest meeting
NAHT meets with Pearson regularly, both on an individual basis and with other school leaders' and teaching associations. Key updates from the latest meetings are below.
Pearson has developed support for schools for tiering decisions in summer 2019:
First published 20 August 2018