BTEC Nationals 2016 Grading – External Assessment

BTEC Nationals 2016 Grading – External Assessment


Your new BTEC Nationals now have a new model
for assessment. After consultation with employers and Higher Education institutions, we’ve included
external assessments – tests set and marked by Pearson – to help provide a consistent
standard for all students. This video explains how grading works for
units which are externally assessed. When learners take an externally assessed task
or written exam, they will see how many marks are available on the front cover of every
test. Once completed, assessments are sent to Pearson where our examiners – made up of
experts in the sector – will mark each individual piece of work. When the marking is complete,
a specialist team reviews overall performance on the test, and sets grade boundaries which
fairly reflect achievement against the standard. Each student is then awarded a grade for the
unit – Distinction, Merit, Pass or Unclassified. At the end of the course, Pearson calculates
the final qualification grade by adding up the points achieved for each individual unit
and matching this total unit score against the qualification grade point thresholds.
In this example, a learner studying a BTEC National Diploma has achieved 110 unit points,
which means they have gained a Distinction overall.
Because learner achievement in Tasks and written tests is highly valued by higher education
and employers, learners will have to pass all externally assessed units in order to
achieve an overall qualification grade, and there are opportunities to re-take once where
necessary. So please do check sections 2 and 9 of your
specifications to find out how this works for your courses. If you have further questions
regarding grading for your new BTEC Nationals, please talk to your Subject Advisor, or check
the website.

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