We are very sorry that some of you are still waiting for your BTEC National results. We awarded hundreds more results over the weekend and will continue to work around the clock with schools and colleges to obtain and validate any outstanding information. However, we appreciate how difficult it must be if you are still waiting.
We wanted to give you an update on progress so far for those learners who need their result to secure a university place:
- By Results Day on Thursday August 18, we had issued around 200,000 results
- Of those, 100,000 BTEC National results were provided to UCAS for those learners using their BTEC as part of an application to progress to university, with the rest using their BTEC results to go straight into a fulfilling career
- Since Thursday, we have sent another 1,950 BTEC National results to UCAS.
We understand the pressure on students and we want to reassure them that it is normal for exam boards to send updates to UCAS after results day for all qualifications. That’s exactly why we have tried and tested procedures in place with UCAS to share data with them throughout this period as they work through clearing. The numbers we are sharing here are similar to what they were in 2019, when exams were last sat.
As a reminder, BTECs are a modular qualification and in order for us to be able to award an overall result, we require grades to be provided for each unit and a claim made to receive the qualification. Many BTEC National students use their BTEC to apply to university through UCAS and just as many use their BTEC to go straight into a fulfilling career at different points in the year.
Thanks to the close co-operation from schools and colleges, where exams officers and other staff are working diligently with us to resolve queries, we will continue to issue results during the days ahead as new information becomes available to us. We are also working closely with UCAS and higher education institutions to keep them updated. We are grateful for their partnership, as well as that of parents, students, schools and colleges in resolving any outstanding issues and helping us get results to students as soon as possible.
If I am a learner with a missing result, what should I do?
Please contact your school or college. We are sending grades to them all the time so please keep checking in so that they know you are still waiting.
If you are holding a university offer, UCAS has told us that the best thing to do is to call the university and let them know you are still interested. Places will be held for you until at least August 31st. If helpful, we can also call the university for you to explain the situation.
Please contact us on 0345 618 0440 (from 8:30am- 7:00pm), DM us via @PearsonBTEC on social media, or via our online portal for further support.
If you are a school or college with missing results?
Please call us on 0344 463 2535 and we will work with you to resolve any queries as fast as we can. Common action that you might need to consider taking includes:
- making a ‘claim’ for the result
- completing unit grades for learners (such as submitting all unit grades, UTAGs, or a special consideration application) to make them eligible for the grade you are claiming
Please rest assured that we will work with you to resolve these as quickly as is humanly possible. It may also help you to refer to our existing guide here: btec-results-day-eligibility-guidance.pdf (pearson.com).
How are BTECs awarded and what happened this year?
BTECs are a type of modular vocational qualification. They were created and designed to give students flexibility and the option to choose their own learning journey. Learners can roll on and roll off the course depending on what’s happening in their lives and it’s often not the simple two year linear path followed by A level students.
Schools and colleges know their learners best and so we rely on them to let us know when a student has completed and is ready to claim their result. Students study a mix of internal units that are assessed by their school or college at the end of each module, and external units more like exams that are marked by Pearson.
In order to award an overall grade, we need the school or college to let us know the student is ready by claiming their award and giving us input on the student’s internally assessed unit grades. We then combine that with our external assessment data to award a final result. Without all the data we need, we are unable to award an overall result.
Covid certainly complicated things. This year, as well as the usual internal unit assessment data, in some cases different information was also needed. Some students have teacher assessed unit grades (U-Tags) from their studies in 2020 or 2021 where education was disrupted by lockdown, and there are others who missed whole units owing to illness and have been given special consideration grades for units they were unable to complete.
We will continue to work urgently on any missing results until resolved.