LETTER FROM THE EXAM BOARDS

We understand that this has been an unsettling time for many of you, with the news of school and college closures and the cancellation of this summer’s exams and external assessments. We wanted to reassure you about how your results will be calculated this year.

How will your grades be calculated? 

As a result of the government's decision to cancel exams, we have asked teachers and tutors at your school/college to provide us with:

  • ‘Centre Assessment Grades’ for all subjects that you were entered for, based on the available evidence and what your teachers felt you most likely would have achieved, if you had sat an examination this year.
  • a ‘rank order’ of all learners within each grade for the subject, based on what your teachers/tutors felt you would most likely achieve at qualification level, under normal circumstances.

Your teachers will have based their decisions on a range of evidence, including any work you may have completed in class, coursework, any prior exam or mock results, and your general performance during the course. The information that was submitted to us will have been checked beforehand by other teachers, error reports built into our system, and Heads of Department in your school or college and signed off by the Head teacher of your school. 

We are reviewing the centre assessment grades and rank orders to check that your centre has submitted all the information needed to give you a grade. To ensure we can issue grades and outcomes we will review lots of key data - we refer to this as the ‘statistical standardisation’.  

All Exam boards will use a statistical model, developed by Ofqual, to look at things like historical data and the national picture, as well as the data from schools, to issue final grades. This is really important as it makes the process as fair as it can be for everyone, by ensuring the same grading standards are applied for all schools and colleges and that grades remain comparable from one year to the next. If grading judgements in some schools and colleges appear to be more generous or severe than others, individual grades may be adjusted up or down to reflect that.

Ofqual, the qualifications regulator who designed the statistical model, have created an infographic  to help explain the process that all awarding organisations will be using this year.

JCQ Infographic Process for awarding GCSEs AS and A levels summer 2020

When will you find out your results? 

You will find out your outcomes on the originally scheduled results days.

  • 13 August 2020 – AS/A-levels
  • 20 August 2020 – GCSE

Appeals and next assessment opportunity 

Ofqual have now confirmed that you cannot challenge your individual centre assessment grades this year. In the unique circumstances of this summer, Ofqual do not believe there is any person better placed than your teachers who could determine your centre assessment grade. In the rare event where you or another student has evidence of serious malpractice by the school, it may be appropriate to contact us directly.  

If you are unhappy with your results or the appeal outcome, you will be able to resit the exam in an exam series being run in autumn this year. All subjects that would have been offered in the summer 2020 examinations will be offered this autumn. 

Progression to your next stage – be that university, work or college 

Ofqual has confirmed that these results will carry the same weight as in other years and should be treated the same by employers, colleges and universities. 
 
For those of you studying a Level 3 qualification, they will carry the same number of UCAS points as in previous years. UCAS has created some helpful  resources  for those of you who have applied, or who are considering applying to higher education. We are regularly updating UCAS and universities about the process for issuing results this summer, so they can support you appropriately.

We wish you all the best with your studies, results and progression plans.

Best wishes

Sharon Hague
Senior Vice-President, Schools

BTEC Qualifications

We understand that this has been an unsettling time for you, with the news of school/college closures and the cancellation of this summer’s exams/external assessments. We wanted to write to you to reassure you about how your BTEC results will be calculated this year.

How will your BTEC grades be calculated?

We have asked teachers/tutors at your school/college to provide us with:

  • actual grades for internal BTEC units that you completed
  •  ‘Centre Assessment Grades’ for internal BTEC units that you were not able to complete, based on available evidence and what your tutors felt you most likely would have achieved under normal circumstances
  •  a rank order of all learners on your BTEC course, based on what your teachers/tutors felt you would most likely achieve at qualification level, under normal circumstances.

Your teachers/tutors will base their decisions on a range of evidence, including any relevant assignments you have completed, any prior exam or mock results, and your performance during the course. The information they submit to us will be checked beforehand by other teachers/tutors in your school/college and signed off by the Head of School/College.

We will check and review that information alongside other evidence we have, including historical performance at your school/college and the results for these assessments in prior years to make sure it is comparable. As a result of this review, which we refer to as a ‘statistical standardisation’, we may need to adjust grades up/down. This will determine your final unit and/or qualification grade(s), which might not be the same as the one(s) your teacher/tutor provided.

For those of you due to have sat an exam/external assessment between 20 March and 31 July 2020, we will also use this information to help us calculate the grade(s) for that. We will also consider any of your previous results for sitting these exam/external assessment(s) and any potential resit improvement together with information about the different relationships between the different components.

For those of you due to complete the BTEC course this summer, we will then add the points for these different unit grades to calculate your overall qualification grade.

We have created this infographic (PDF) to help explain the process.

Moderation Process Infographic

Please note that the process is slightly different for those of you studying our BTEC qualifications related to childcare (Levels 1-3), fitness services (Level 3), hospitality services (Levels 2-3) and dental technology (Level 3). These qualifications may involve adapted and/or delayed assessment, as detailed in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), because they involve a licence to practise or competency-based element.

When will you find out your results?

You will find out your final results on results day, which is the same day as A Level and GCSE results days this year:

  • • 13 August 2020 – Level 3 BTEC Nationals and Level 3 Technicals
  • • 20 August 2020 – Level 1/2 BTEC Firsts/Tech Awards and Level 2 BTEC Technicals.

Appeals and next assessment opportunity

If you think a mistake has been made with your result(s), you can appeal the result(s) by asking your school or college to put forward the appeal on your behalf. Although it will not be possible to appeal on the basis of disagreement with the teacher/tutor’s professional judgement for the grades and/or rank order information submitted to us.

If you are unhappy with your result(s) and/or appeal outcome, you will be able to sit/resit the exam/external assessment in the next available window (e.g. autumn 2020 or January/summer 2021, depending on the BTEC qualification).

Those of you continuing your BTEC course in 2020/21 will also be able to submit/resubmit assignments for units where you have received a calculated result.

Progression

Ofqual, the qualifications regulator, has confirmed that these results will carry the same weight as in other years and should be treated the same by employers, colleges and universities.

For those of you studying a BTEC Level 3 National, they will carry the same number of UCAS points as in previous years. UCAS has created some helpful resources for those of you who have applied, or who are considering applying to higher education. We are regularly updating UCAS and universities about the process for issuing BTEC results this summer, so they can support you appropriately.

Further support and information

We have created this set of questions and answers (FAQs) for you and we’ve also put together a set of resources for you, supporting mindfulness, learning remotely/at home, and your wellbeing. You can also follow us on Twitter @BTECStudents for regular updates.

In addition, Ofqual has created this guide for parents/carers and learners. (PDF)

If you have any further questions, please contact us via your school or college.

We wish you all the best with your studies, results and progression plans.

Best wishes,

Cindy Rampersaud
Senior Vice President, BTEC and Apprenticeships

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