WE REFER to the letter by ‘Concerned Teacher’ titled “Courses completed but no certificates” published in the Borneo Bulletin on January 31, 2014.
The Department of Schools would like to clarify that the retrieval of Cohort 1 BTEC Level 1 Certificates in 2013 was done to make sure the notification of the level of performance was in line with the international standards requirement, espe-cially if there had been any provision of specific grades for each recipient.
The certificates were returned to schools unchanged. This precaution was taken to ensure compliance with Pearson BTEC requirements.
Pearson (UK) Education Limited, formerly known as Edexcel Limited, has reconfirmed that the BTEC Level 1 Introductory Certificate, now known as Learning Foundation, is only issued upon completion of the course and after candidates achieved the required international standards. Students who have not completed the coursework or met the required international standards, or who have withdrawn from the programmes or left their schools, are not issued certificates.
So far, students in most of the programmes of Cohort 1 BTEC Level 1 Introductory Certificate have been issued with certificates since they had met the international standards requirements.
These certificates are recognised and accredited by the Brunei National Accreditation Council, Ministry of Education equivalent to two ‘O’ level passes (Grade D–E).
The claiming of certificates for BTEC programmes is an ongoing process which depends on the progress and completion of the coursework by the individual student. The expected period for completion for the various levels is between one and one and a half years.
Students who have not completed the coursework within the expected duration are given time to complete their work.
These students’ work is assessed and verified by the visiting International Standards Verifier from Pearson (UK) Education Limited, in the following year. The claiming of certificates can only be done after verification and approval by Pearson (UK) Education Limited.
Hence, students may not receive their certificates at the same time although they are from the same cohort.
The certificate claiming process begins at the end of the designated time frame for each programme and cohort. All assessors (teachers) have to submit their students’ portfolios and Unit Summary Assessment Records (USAR) to be verified by the Sub-site’s Internal Verifier (IV) before they are further verified by the International Standard Verifier (ISV) from Pearson (UK) Education Limited.
Entry of results into the Pearson Online System can only be done after approval from the International Standard Verifier. The certificates are then printed by Pearson (UK) Education Limited and delivered to the Examinations Department which are then distributed to the respective schools. However, temporary result slips are obtainable from the respective schools once the students’ portfolios have been verified by the International Standard Verifiers.
However, if any students do not meet the international standards requirement, as decided by the International Standards Verifier, then certificates will not be issued to them.
In other words, the claim for the certificates is blocked. If the respective schools take the necessary actions, as recommended by the International Standards Verifier, and the schools meet all the requirements, then the certificates will be issued.
This means that the course work, assignment briefs and student portfolios need to be well prepared and organised for verification by the International Standards Verifier, so it is very important that both the teachers and students fulfill the necessary requirements.
Currently, there are 30 sub-sites throughout Brunei, and each sub-site offers between one and six BTEC programmes at various levels simultaneously in one cohort.
– Public Relations Unit
Ministry of Education