Students across Bridgend County Borough are due to receive their BTEC results this week for 2020.

Various BTECs have been reviewed and regraded following a decision by exam board Pearson to delay their release earlier this month.

The exam board said that while results for the vocational qualifications were largely based on continuous teacher-assessed projects and assignments, it had been concerned about “unfairness” and wanted to ensure consistency with approaches used with GCSEs and A-Levels.

This week the exam board confirmed all eligible results for the vocational qualifications would be available by Friday.

The council’s cabinet member for education Charles Smith said: “While it has caused unnecessary stress for students at an already anxious time, we welcome the decision by the exam board to remove its calculated grades and allow higher outcomes for externally examined units so they are in line with those assessed by teachers.

“I hope the students receive the grades they have worked so hard to achieve and we wish them all the best whether they are accessing further training or seeking employment.

“As always, the council and its partners will ensure that they receive full support throughout this important period of transition.

“Anyone who did not receive the grades they were hoping for can access a wide range of advice, support and confidential counselling, so please make sure that you speak to your school or Careers Wales for more information.”

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