BTEC Update (Years 10-13)

 

As you will be aware, details have been released on how GCSE and A Level grades will be calculated this summer. Following the publication of an Ofqual consultation, we now have some detail on how grades will be decided for BTECs.  

If you study for a BTEC in any year group you will not be completing any further assessed work at home.

If you are in years 11 or 13 this means that your study on BTEC courses has come to an end. If you are in years 10 or 12 you will be continuing with important work set by your teacher to prepare you for BTEC study next year.

Your teacher will be using a wide variety of information to calculate a ‘centre assessed grade’ for the units that you would have been completing in College at this time. This will involve your teacher considering a number of pieces of evidence including performance in previous units and your class work.

If you were due to sit an ‘externally assessed’ unit or an exam during this time the exam board, Pearson, will be calculating your exam grade using information provided by the teacher and other data they hold on their systems. In addition to this, teachers are being asked to use a range of evidence to rank all learners taking a qualification.

You can be reassured that we will be working within the guidance set out  to ensure that all pupils studying BTEC this year will not be unfairly disadvantaged by the situation we are now in.

We hope that this provides some clarity. Your son’s/daughter’s teacher will communicate directly with them to ensure they understand exactly how these measures affect them in the BTEC(s) they are studying. We ask pupils and parents/carers not to ask staff to disclose information about Centre Assessed Grades or qualification rankings as staff will be unable to discuss this with you.

In the meantime, please do contact Mrs E Renny (Assistant Principal) with any further questions.