ILR specification: 2021 to 2022

Outcome Grade: field

Definition

The examination grade awarded to the learner for the learning aim.

Reason required

To allow the calculation of achievement and to enable value added analysis to be carried out.

Schema definitions

XML Element Name
OutGrade
Field length
6
Data type
RestrictedString
Minimum occurrences
0
Maximum occurrences
1

Collection requirements

  • Aim Types 3,4 and 5

Valid entries

Refer to Learning Outcome Grades Code list

Notes

  • This field should be returned for all learning aims where the grade is meaningful, including all skills for life provision. This data should be included in the final return of the year. Where the information is available for earlier returns, it should be included.

  • Where a learner has been entered for an examination but not achieved a GCE A, AS-level, or GCSE qualification, providers should enter grade U or N as appropriate.

Learning Outcome Grade Code List (previously Appendix Q)

Grades

The following list of Outcome grades are valid in the Outcome grade field and the alphabetic characters must be in upper case:

*, A to G, N, U, X, Y;

a combination of two letters in the range A to G;

a combination of * and letters in the range A to G;

Code Grade
PA Pass
ME Merit
DS Distinction
CR Credit
FL Fail
01-99 numeric value
FI first class honours
SU upper second class honours
SL lower second class honours
SE undivided second class honours
TH third class honours
FO fourth class honours
UH unclassified honours
OR Ordinary
GN General
DS* Distinction *

Entry Level Qualifications and Certificates (ELC’s)

The following grading should be used to record the level of achievement for entry level qualifications:

  • EL1 achievement at entry level 1
  • EL2 achievement at entry level 2
  • EL3 achievement at entry level 3

BTEC National Certificates

The following should be used to record the overall grade for BTEC National Certificates where two grades are issued:

  • Any combination of two of the letters P, M and D, for example PP, MP, MD, DD

BTEC National Diplomas

The following should be used to record the overall grade for BTEC National Diploma where three or four grades are issued:

  • Any combination of three or four of the letters P, M and D, for example PPP, MPP, MMPM

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma

The following should be used to record the overall grade for Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma:

  • Any combination of two or three of the letters P, M, D, D*.

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education

The following should be used to record the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education:

  • Any combination of three of the letters A, B, C, D or E, for example AAA, BBA, CCB, DDC, EED

Pre-U Certificates

The following should be used to record the Pre-U Certificate:

  • D1, D2, D3, M1, M2, M3, P1, P2 or P3

Other Grade

OTH - Other grade not included on the list above but as listed in Annex 1 to this Appendix.

BTEC qualifications

The following should be used to record award grades for BTEC qualifications, which can be achieved at more than one level:

Grade description ILR Outcome grade Value
Award
U U
Level 1 L1
Level 2 Pass L2P
Level 2 Merit L2M
Level 2 Distinction L2D
Level 2 Distinction* L2D*
Certificate/Extended Certificate/Diploma
U U
Level 1 L1
Level 2 PP L2PP
Level 2 MP L2MP
Level 2 MM L2MM
Level 2 DM L2DM

GCSE’s

New GCSEs are to be taught in England from September 2015. These GCSES have a grading scale that uses the numbers 1 to 9 to identify levels of performance, with 9 being the top grade. Further information about the reforms can be found here.

GCSE (9-1) (Double Award) (Science only)

Although worth two GCSEs, GCSE (9-1) (Double Award) Combined Science will be awarded as if it is one qualification. Candidates will receive one of the 17 grades below depending on their total raw marks.

Grade Description ILR Outcome Grade Value
9 - 9 99
9 - 8 98
8 - 8 88
8 - 7 87
7 - 7 77
7- 6 76
6 - 6 66
6 - 5 65
5 - 5 55
5 - 4 54
4 - 4 44
4 - 3 43
3 - 3 33
3 - 2 32
2 - 2 22
2 - 1 21
1 - 1 11

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