No single approach: Ofqual's calculated grades plan for technical awards

The complexity of the range of vocational and technical qualifications means that a single approach to awarding grades this summer is "not appropriate”, the exams watchdog has said.

Ofqual has confirmed that students due to finish vocational or technical qualifications this summer will be awarded a calculated result. These will draw on a range of evidence, depending on the structure of the qualification.

Different approaches are to be used across different categories of qualification, with further details expected to be announced after Easter.

Ofqual is currently drawing up a list of qualifications that will be able to be awarded in this way, but has confirmed that it will include “many” BTEC Nationals, Cambridge Technicals, and UAL Diplomas.

Also included will be general qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Pre-U and Core Maths qualifications.

Register now, read forever

Thank you for visiting SecEd and reading some of our content for professionals in secondary education. Register now for free to get unlimited access to all content.

What's included:

  • Unlimited access to news, best practice articles and podcast

  • New content and e-bulletins delivered straight to your inbox every Monday and Thursday


Already have an account? Sign in here