ABE’s approach to marking

It is as important to us as it is to you that you receive a fair mark for the work you complete for the assessment of your qualification. For this reason, we have a robust system of examiner recruitment, training, marking, checking and adjustment where appropriate, so that the standard of marking is consistent, whoever marks your work.

Before you get your results

Firstly, examiners are recruited on the basis of having relevant qualifications and experience for the subject(s) they will be marking. Then, for every assessment session they are involved with, all markers will attend a training (standardisation) meeting with the Subject Examiner who has set the assessment, at which the approach to marking, using the marking scheme, is agreed. Following this meeting, each marker’s standard of marking is checked by the Subject Examiner before they are allowed to continue marking the scripts they have been allocated.

During the marking period, the Subject Examiner takes a second sample to check that the agreed standards have been maintained, and if they have not, then adjustments (marker moderation) may be made. If the standard is very inconsistent, then the whole of that marker’s allocation will be re-marked by another marker who has attended the standardisation meeting or the Subject Examiner.

In addition to checks made by the Subject Examiner for each unit, the Programme Leaders (and Level Verifiers for the Business Management stream) make checks across each level of the qualification to ensure that units at any one level are being marked to a consistent standard. As qualification levels are nationally and internationally recognised, it is important that ABE marks to the standards expected of these levels. If there are concerns about the marking of one unit relative to another, then recommendations will be made to the Assessment Board for changes to achieve parity across a level (unit moderation). It should be noted that these sorts of changes are very unusual and made by exception rather than routinely.

The results that get published are the final grades once any moderation changes have been applied.

After your results are published

ABE is open to candidates making ‘Enquiries about Results’ but these relate to the process that has been described above, not against the grade awarded (academic judgement). As our examiners are well qualified and experienced, and the process is academically robust, academic challenge is not deemed appropriate. If any errors are found, the relevant fee will be refunded.

ABE also provides a feedback service for candidates who have failed if they are willing to pay a fee, in which case, they will receive some individual feedback in relation to their performance in the assessment of a particular unit.

If candidates are not satisfied with the information provided by the Enquiry about Results and/or Feedback service(s) and think that there has been a process error, then they may Appeal. They should support their appeal with evidence in relation to the process error; appeals are not permitted on the basis of academic judgement. If the appeal is upheld, then the fee will be refunded.

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