This page will help explain how to calculate the overall grade for BTEC qualifications accredited to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). This includes BTEC Level 2 Firsts, BTEC Level 3 Nationals and BTEC Level 4 and 5 Higher Nationals.
Information on calculating overall grades for other BTECs:
To calculate your BTEC overall grade we:
- Convert all of the grades you received into points score.
- Add together the points you scored for all of the mandatory units and select your best scores from any optional units. Any surplus credits will be listed on your Notification of Performance.
- Compare your total points score to the grade boundaries.
If you have completed two units with similar content we may not be able to use points from both units when calculating your overall grade. You can find more information on 'forbidden combinations' in the specification for your course.
How do I convert my unit grade into a points score?
To convert your unit grade into a points scores you'll need to know:
- the grade you received for the unit (i.e. Pass, Merit or Distinction)
- how many credits the unit is worth
- the number of points each credit is worth at the unit level
At the beginning of every BTEC specification is a table that tells you how many credits each unit is worth and the unit level.
In the example below all of the mandatory units for the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Applied Science are worth 10 credits and are level 3 units.
Towards the end of every BTEC specification (in 'Annexe G') there is a table that tells you how many points you score per credit for the grade you were awarded.
In the example below, at level 3 a Pass is worth 7 points per credit, a Merit is worth 8 points per credit, and a Distinction is worth 9 points per credit.
Therefore, if you were given a Merit for Unit 1, you scored a total of 80 points:
8 points per credit x 10 credits = 80 points.
The overall grade
Once you have calculated your points scores for each unit, you can add the points together and compare your total to the grade boundaries.
Towards the end of every BTEC specification (in ‘Annexe G’) there are also tables that show you the final grade you will receive, depending on the size of the BTEC qualification you took (Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma) and the total number of points you scored.
The example below shows that you must score between 250-259 points to achieve an overall Distinction grade for a BTEC level 3 Certificate in Applied Science.
BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Applied Science