It is not always a simple task to equate grades for BTEC qualifications to grades for GCSEs and A levels. However, it is possible to compare BTECs with GCSEs and A levels on the basis of the number of school performance points or UCAS Tariff points that each one is awarded.
BTECs are graded on a 3-point (Pass, Merit, Distinction) or 4-point (Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*) scale, whereas GCSEs are graded on an 8-point scale (A* - G) and A levels on a 5-point scale (A - E). This makes it difficult to equate grades for BTEC qualifications to grades for GCSEs and A levels.
What are school performance points?
Schools and colleges within the United Kingdom are ranked according to how well they perform against measures set by the government.
They accrue points based on the number of students achieving GCSEs and A levels, or equivalent qualifications.
A school’s ‘headline measures’ score is the percentage of students who achieve:
- five GCSEs at grades A*-C
- two A Levels at grades A-E
- or the equivalent in other qualifications.
All qualifications aligned with level 2 and level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) or the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) can be measured against GCSEs or A levels for the purpose of School and College Achievement and Attainment Tables (SCAAT).
How many school performance points is my BTEC worth?
The tables below show how different grade outcomes for each of the BTEC qualifications at level 2 and level 3 score school performance points and contribute to the level thresholds.