'Shambolic!' King's Lynn college boss slams delay to BTec exam results
West Norfolk students working towards vocational qualifications have been plunged into fresh confusion after their exam results were delayed.
Colleges were told last night not to issue BTec results after the exam board Pearson said it would re-grade them to bring them in line with the revised arrangements for A-levels and GCSEs.
Officials at the College of West Anglia's Lynn campus have pledged to support students through the latest confusion, which affects students taking level 1 and 2 qualifications as well as those who received level 3 results last week.
But principal David Pomfret said it was unacceptable that they were told of the decision so late.
He said: "This is shambolic at this late stage and is another example of the right decision being made far too late.
"Today huge numbers of students will want to know why they cannot receive their grades after waiting for months, and students taking level 3 BTec qualifications, who intend to go to university, may now meet their conditions of offer at their preferred university but find that their place is no longer available".
"I would like to reassure all our students that are now forced to wait for their results that we will hold their place on their progression course and will have staff available to support and guide them with their next steps."
Mr Pomfret said the scale of changes was expected to be far lower than that seen with A-levels, where nearly 40 per cent of grades were reduced.
But he added: "Nevertheless, the confusion and anxiety for students is just the same."
His comments come after union leaders demanded an urgent review of how exam grades are awarded, in order to avoid a repeat of this year's crisis in 2021.
Any students who are concerned about the impact of this on their progression course are asked to contact the college's admissions team by emailing email@example.com or via livechat on its website.