Students could lose college places after BTec grade boundaries changed

The Guardian is reporting that teachers have expressed outrage and thousands have signed a petition calling on Pearson, which owns the Edexcel exam board, to reverse its decision to raise the boundaries just days before students are due to pick up their results.

The qualification affected is the BTec Tech award in health and social care, engineering and enterprise, which students study alongside GCSEs. First introduced in 2017, this year’s cohort was the first to sit the new qualification.

Under the revised grade boundaries, the marks needed to pass the level 2 qualification went up from 69 to 72; for a merit, the requirement went up from 82 to 95; for a distinction pupils need an additional 10 marks, up from 95 to 105, while a starred distinction now requires 114 points, up from 108.

“I’m distraught and appalled,” a teacher from a school in Birmingham told the Guardian. “It’s so unfair. I don’t know how I’m going to face my students.” Had students been informed earlier in the year, they could have done a resit to try to raise their mark, she said.

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