We know that arrangements for quality assurance is an area about which you and your staff have had many questions. The following is just the key points, and you will need to refer to the JCQ document for full details including information on the centre policy and what to include within it, as well as the production of a centre policy summary.
The purpose of the QA process is to support you to construct appropriate processes to determine grades, and there are internal and external elements to this.
All centres are required to create a centre policy setting out the processes to be followed for determining grades in an appropriate, consistent and fair way. A pre-populated template option is available, which can be adopted in full or amended. Heads of Centre will also need to produce a summary of the policy. You will only be required to produce one full centre policy and complete one centre policy summary, even if you have entries with more than one awarding organisation.
The centre policy summary is an online form to be completed on the JCQ Centre Admin Portal (CAP) by 30 April 2021 (the window for submission opens on 12 April 2021). The full centre policy should also be uploaded as an attachment when the summary form is completed. The JCQ Centre Admin Portal can be accessed via any of the awarding organisations' secure extranet sites, eg Interchange.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
How do we access the JCQ Admin Portal (CAP) though OCR?
You can access CAP through OCR Interchange. Click on 'JCQ Centre Admin Portal' in the left-hand menu.
Do we need a separate Centre Policy for each awarding organisation?
No, you will only be expected to produce one full Centre Policy document and complete one Centre Policy Summary Form, even if you have entries with more than one awarding organisation.
Do we need a separate Centre Policy for Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals?
No, your Centre Policy for GCSE, AS and A Level also covers Cambridge Nationals and Cambridge Technicals.
We only offer other vocational qualifications such as Functional Skills, Life and Living Skills, ITQ, Administration (Business Professional), do we need a centre policy?
No, the arrangements for these qualifications are different, more detail will be provided week beginning 19 April.